C.W. Bill Young 1930 – 2013

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)

Fall into Fall in Florida

The first day of fall is this weekend (September 22)! We’d like to take a moment to remind you why Florida is so wonderful this time of year…

Up North, the leaves are turning brown, but in Florida…

Sanibel Island, ca. 1980

Sanibel Island, ca. 1980

Coconut palm on Hutchinson Island, 1992

Coconut palm on Hutchinson Island, 1992

Up North, the skies are turning gray, but in Florida…

Everglades City, ca. 1990

Everglades City, ca. 1990

Key West, 1979

Key West, 1979

Up North, people are airing out their sweaters and scarves, but in Florida…

Young women at the beach, ca. 1950

Young women at the beach, ca. 1950

Young women running on the beach, Pensacola, 1969

Young women running on the beach, Pensacola, 1969

Cocoa Beach, ca. 1990

Cocoa Beach, ca. 1990

Because in Florida there’s always… Year ‘Round Bathing!

Florida-themed postcard, postmarked 1945

Florida-themed postcard, postmarked 1945

Up North, folks are eagerly awaiting the start of ski season. In Florida, our ski season lasts all year…

Skiing down a sand hill, Fort Meade, 1951

Skiing down a sand hill, Fort Meade, 1951

Water skiers perform at Cypress Gardens, Winter Haven, 1955

Water skiers perform at Cypress Gardens, Winter Haven, 1955

And while our friends up North are warming their bones next to the fireplace, we like to have bonfires… on the beach.

Bonfire at the beach, ca. 1960

Bonfire at the beach, ca. 1960

So, this fall, just remember: when you need it bad, we’ve got it good!

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Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are hot and long, unless there are actual dogs involved! Beat the heat with these adorable pooches.

Man with his lap dog, Orange City, ca. 1900

Man with his lap dog, Orange City, ca. 1900

 

Boy with his dog, ca. 1910

Boy with his dog, ca. 1910

 

Noriam Sretaw with Skipper on U.S. Highway 1, 1947

Noriam Sretaw with Skipper on U.S. Highway 1, 1947

 

Woman and her dog, Jacksonville, 1951

Woman and her dog, Jacksonville, 1951

 

Dog barking into the telephone, Panama City, 1957

Dog barking into the telephone, Panama City, 1957

 

Boy fishing with his dog, Palm Beach County, ca. 1960

Boy fishing with his dog, Palm Beach County, ca. 1960

 

Leslie Dughi and her dog play "keep away," Tallahassee, ca. 1971

Leslie Dughi and her dog play “keep away,” Tallahassee, ca. 1971

 

Barbara Simmons' performing dogs at the Florida Folk Festival, White Springs, 1992

Barbara Simmons’ performing dogs at the Florida Folk Festival, White Springs, 1992

 

Governor Lawton Chiles and Tess, Tallahassee, 1998

Governor Lawton Chiles and Tess, Tallahassee, 1998

 

College Football is Back!

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 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 shaking an opponent’s hand, Coral Gables, ca. 1926

University of Miami football player, Coral Gables, ca. 1926

University of Miami football player, Coral Gables, ca. 1926

University of Florida vs. University of Georgia, Gainesville, 1931

University of Florida vs. University of Georgia, Gainesville, 1931

First football team at co-ed Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1947

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 head coach Jake Gaither with one of his players at practice, Tallahassee, 1953

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University football team, Tallahassee, 1953

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University football team, Tallahassee, 1953

Florida State University halfback Burt Reynolds, Tallahassee, 1954

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

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 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

Florida State University head coach Bobby Bowden relaxing at Doak Campbell Stadium with the Heisman trophy awarded to Charlie Ward, Tallahassee, 1993

Don’t Miss That Bus!

August is Back to School Month… Better set your alarm, you don’t want to miss the bus!

Horse-drawn school bus, Jacksonville, 1898

Horse-drawn school bus, Jacksonville, 1898

 

Two horse school bus, Piedmont, ca. 1900

Two horse school bus, Piedmont, ca. 1900

 

Horse-drawn school bus, West Palm Beach, 1911

Horse-drawn school bus, West Palm Beach, 1911

 

First Alva and Lee County school bus, Alva, 1924

First Alva and Lee County school bus, Alva, 1924

 

School bus on Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, 1925

School bus on Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, 1925

 

Escambia County school bus at Future Farmers of America camp, Perdido Bay, 1930

Escambia County school bus at Future Farmers of America camp, Perdido Bay, 1930

 

Dade County school bus, 1937

Dade County school bus, 1937

Scallop Season

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

Scallop boat “Charlie G,” Port Canaveral, 1987

 

Sorting scallops on deck, Fort Pierce, 1960

Sorting scallops on deck, Fort Pierce, 1960

 

Basket of scallops after the sorting process, Fort Pierce, 1960

Basket of scallops after the sorting process, Fort Pierce, 1960

 

Scallops Hawaiian style, Tallahassee, 1960

Scallops Hawaiian style, Tallahassee, 1960

 

National Lighthouse Day

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

Alligator Reef Lighthouse, near Indian Key, 1873

 

Sketch of Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, near Cape Florida, 1890

Sketch of Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, near Cape Florida, 1890

 

Carysfort Reef Lighthouse, near Key Largo, ca. 1900

Carysfort Reef Lighthouse, near Key Largo, ca. 1900

 

Pacific Reef Lighthouse, near Elliot Key, ca. 1950

Pacific Reef Lighthouse, near Elliot Key, ca. 1950

 

Aerial view of the Sombrero Key Lighthouse, near Key Vaca, 1954

Aerial view of the Sombrero Key Lighthouse, near Key Vaca, 1954

 

Aerial view of Sand Key Lighthouse, near Key West, 1989

Aerial view of Sand Key Lighthouse, near Key West, 1989

 

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

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

Ernest Hemingway with bill fish, Key West, 1940s

Cat in front of the Hemingway House, Key West, 1993

Cat in front of the Hemingway House, Key West, 1993

National Hot Dog Month

July is National Hot Dog Month!

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

“Mother” Bloom serving hot dogs to servicemen at the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center, 1943