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…
August is Back to School Month… Better set your alarm, you don’t want to miss the bus!
Can you help us identify these football players? The photograph is from the Tallahassee Democrat Collection. It was taken in Tallahassee in 1953 and shows four young men who might be Lincoln or FAMU high school students.
If you have any information about this photograph, please let us know in the comments or contact us.
The Tallahassee Democrat Collection contains approximately 100,000 images of Tallahassee area people, places, and events from the 1950s to the 1970s. The State Archives of Florida is currently digitizing a selection of images from this collection. New images are added each week – stay tuned.
Join us at the R.A. Gray Building on October 11, 2013 for an Archives Month slideshow featuring images from the Tallahassee Democrat Collection.
The Miss Florida pageant starts today in St. Petersburg. Take a look back at some of the lovely ladies who have vied for and held the title over the years.
The bikini first went on sale July 5, 1946 after debuting at a Paris fashion show, changing Florida’s beaches forever.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Park Service is celebrating Great Outdoors Month in June! Explore the Florida Park Service Photographic Collection, and experience the great outdoors from the comfort of your computer. Then, go out and enjoy all that Florida’s award-winning parks have to offer.
Newsies were the primary distributors of newspapers to the general public in the United States from the mid-19th to the early 20th century.
Newsies purchased the papers from the publisher and hawked them on the street to passersby. They were not allowed to return unsold papers and worked long hours attempting to sell every last paper. Read more
These photographs represent some of the hotels built in Jacksonville between the 1880s and 1940s. Before and after the Civil War, the earliest travelers to the east coast of Florida came to Jacksonville via steamship. The more intrepid visitors used Jacksonville as a base for exploring the chain of lakes that make up the St. Johns River.
The Spottswood Collection consists of over 50,000 images comprising five decades of photography by Jack and Gordon Spottswood.
Commercial photographers, the Spottswoods were kept on retainer by the Seaboard Railroad and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. They did a considerable amount of work for real estate agencies and for insurance companies photographing accident scenes. As a result, the collection contains numerous images of Jacksonville-area street scenes, businesses, churches, hotels, theaters, and trains, as well as studio portraits and wedding photographs.
Railroads opened Florida to new industry, expanded the tourist economy, and allowed for rapid residential and commercial development.
The first rail construction project authorized in Florida was the Tallahassee-St. Marks line, chartered in 1834. The first train to operate, however, was the Lake Wimico line that connected the boomtown of St. Joseph to the Apalachicola River in 1836. The Tallahassee-St. Marks train, which was initially mule-drawn, connected the highly productive cotton fields of Leon and Jefferson counties with the St. Marks River. These early efforts only hinted at the profound impact that railroads, passenger lines, and freight trains would have on Florida’s history.