Florida’s second largest industry is agriculture and the Sunshine State ranks second in the United States for production of fresh vegetables. So head to your local farmers’ market—we’re celebrating National Agriculture Day.
Picking fruit in John C. English seedling grove – Alva, Florida
African-American farmer standing in corn field – Alachua County, Florida (1913)
Greetings from Florida
Pineapples growing near Tampa (191-)
Seminole Indian cowboys herding cattle in the pasture – Brighton Reservation, Florida (1950)
Stanley Thrift checks the new potato harvesting machine – Hastings, Florida (1947)
Aged man picking strawberries – Plant City, Florida (1960)
Yamato farmers at railroad siding – Yamato, Florida (1911)
Peach picking crew – Plant City, Florida (192-)
Turkeys at the Tot’s Tender Turkey Farm – Havana, Florida (1982)
Walter Welkener milks his purebred registered Jersey cattle at the Holly Hill Dairy Farm – Duval County, Florida (1960)
Happy first day of spring! Everything’s in bloom.
Yet another odd holiday to add to the books… Today is Public Sleeping Day! We caught folks catching some z’s in our photo collection. Get some shut eye for yourself after you check out these historic snoozers.
Boys asleep on idle nets, Riviera Beach, 1939
Allen’s Service Station, Pensacola, 1940s
Young man sleeping next to a manatee, ca. 1950
On this day in 1959, Lee Petty won the first ever Daytona 500 and took home $19,000 in prize money.
Lee Petty in Palm Beach, 1953
Scene from the inaugural Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, 1959
Pet lovers unite – it’s Love Your Pet Day!
Grab your dog, cat, tortoise, rabbit, or whatever creature you love and give them a big hug and a treat (you should probably leave your fish in the water though)…
George Barton Hall and his puppy in Hall City, 1915
You can stroll down the streets of Paris, take a gondola ride in Venice, or have spaghetti in Rome… But Florida is still the most romantic place on the planet!
Fort Walton Beach, 1970
Tamiami Trail, 1926
Have you ever taken a ride on the famous glass bottom boats at Silver Springs?
David Lee McMullen with classmates from Terry Parker High School (Jacksonville) on their senior trip, 1964
Facebook fans David Lee McMullen and Patricia Wiggins Austin shared these photos with us and we want to see yours too!
Patricia Wiggins Austin (age 7) with her Mom, Dad, and sister, June 1954
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Happy National Pie Day! Florida has our very own pie to celebrate… the Key Lime Pie! Effective July 1, 2006, the tangy treat became the official state pie.
Try out this classic recipe and celebrate today!
From: 2009-3 Koreshan Unity Papers, Box 144, Folder 21
We don’t like to admit it, but sometimes it gets a little chilly in Florida… and every once in a great while we even get a few magical flakes of snow.
Frozen fountain near the Capitol, Tallahassee, 1899
Frozen water tower in Pensacola, 1899
Tree laden with icicles, Tallahassee, 1957
Juanita Miller bundled up in Madison County, 1958
Indian Head Acres neighborhood children, Tallahassee, 1958
FSU students with improvised palm frond sled, Tallahassee, 1958
It’s National Hat Day!
Hats are the perfect accessory to complete your outfit and shield you from the sun. So don your favorite and celebrate!
Fanny Gibbons, Tallahassee, ca. 1890
Unidentified man, Tallahassee, ca. 1900
Annie Ray Andrews, ca. 1900
Unidentified women by the pool, Sarasota, 1947
Ann Williamson, 1949
Moby the pilot whale, Marineland, ca. 1965
Unidentified woman with a horse in front of the Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, 1968
Helen Bishop, Orlando, 1987