U.S. Representative C.W. Bill Young passed away on Friday, October 18. Young began his political career in 1961, serving in the Florida Senate until 1971. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1971 and was the longest serving Republican at the time of his death.
Portrait of Florida State Senator C.W. “Bill” Young (ca. 1968)
Senator Charley E. Johns and Senator Bill Young (1965)
Senators at oath-taking ceremony administered by a justice on the Senate floor (1968)
Whether you’re a Seminole, Gator, Hurricane, Rattler, Bull or rooting for another Florida team, the start of college football season is a magical time of year! Pack your coolers because we’re tailgating through some football history…
University of Florida football team, Gainesville, ca. 1915
University of Miami football player shaking an opponent’s hand, Coral Gables, ca. 1926
University of Miami football player, Coral Gables, ca. 1926
University of Florida vs. University of Georgia, Gainesville, 1931
First football team at co-ed Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1947
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University head coach Jake Gaither with one of his players at practice, Tallahassee, 1953
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University football team, Tallahassee, 1953
Florida State University halfback Burt Reynolds, Tallahassee, 1954
Right to left: University of Miami Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger, UM mascot “Sebastian the Ibis,” and Don Works, Fort Lauderdale, 1981
Florida State University cornerback Deion Sanders, Tallahassee, ca. 1988
Florida State University head coach Bobby Bowden relaxing at Doak Campbell Stadium with the Heisman trophy awarded to Charlie Ward, Tallahassee, 1993
Scallop season is in full swing in the Florida Panhandle! Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission’s website for more information on bay scallops, currently in season, and calico scallops. Check out a few historic photos of the scallop industry in Florida.
Scallop boat “Charlie G,” Port Canaveral, 1987
Sorting scallops on deck, Fort Pierce, 1960
Basket of scallops after the sorting process, Fort Pierce, 1960
Happy National Lighthouse Day! On August 7, 1789, the Federal Government took over the responsibility for building and maintaining lighthouses in the United States. More than 30 still operate in Florida today, including several offshore lighthouses in South Florida.
Alligator Reef Lighthouse, near Indian Key, 1873
Sketch of Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, near Cape Florida, 1890
Carysfort Reef Lighthouse, near Key Largo, ca. 1900
Pacific Reef Lighthouse, near Elliot Key, ca. 1950
Aerial view of the Sombrero Key Lighthouse, near Key Vaca, 1954
Aerial view of Sand Key Lighthouse, near Key West, 1989
Author Ernest Hemingway, born on this day in 1899, is perhaps the most famous former resident of Key West. Only one of his books, To Have and Have Not (1937) was set in the southernmost city, but Hemingway logged many hours perfecting his craft at his Whitehead Street home. An avid fisherman and boater, Hemingway enjoyed all that Key West had to offer.
Ernest Hemingway with bill fish, Key West, 1940s
Cat in front of the Hemingway House, Key West, 1993
Summer is hot dog season. According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day alone. That’s about 818 hot dogs consumed every second from the last week of May to the first week of September. Enjoy your summer with one of America’s favorite meals!
“Mother” Bloom serving hot dogs to servicemen at the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center, 1943
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