Merry Christmas Card Day! Have you sent yours yet?
Aldridge family siblings (Cornelia Ward & John West), Tallahassee, 1915
Florida Christmas Greeting, postmarked December 14, 1926
Steinmetz family, 1936
Emmett Kelly, 1955
Emmett Kelly, Ringling Circus clown known for his hobo pantomime character “Weary Willie,” used this photograph, taken by Joe Steinmetz, for his Christmas card in 1955. Lois Duncan, Joe’s daughter, shared with us the story behind this photograph.
Seminole Tribe Chairman James Billie and family, 1985
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first Armistice Day. Wilson hoped the day would serve as a reminder to the American people of the terrible cost of World War I, dubbed “the war to end all wars” by the British author H.G. Wells.
Armistice Day parade in Monticello, 1921
Armistice Day in Ocala, 1940
Unfortunately, Wilson’s sentiment did not come to pass. Following the destruction caused by World War II and the Korean War, the U.S. Congress, at the urging of veterans organizations, renamed Armistice Day as Veterans Day. Since the change in 1954, November 11 has been recognized as Veterans Day – the official federal holiday that honors those that have served, and those that are serving, in the United States Armed Forces.
Veterans Day in Tallahassee, 1985
Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial in Tallahassee, 1987
Governor Jeb Bush on Veterans Day in Tallahassee, 1999
Every November, men (and even some women) across the world put away their razors and let their hair grow out. The movement was started in 2003 by Movember, an Australian group, and has been growing ever since! In honor of Movember, here are some men with historically awesome facial hair.
Hiram Hampton, pistol-packing doctor, Tampa, ca. 1900
Unidentified man with curled mustache, Tallahassee, ca. 1900
Unidentified man with goatee, Tallahassee, ca. 1900
Men without beards were caught and “punished” for fun, Lake City, 1959
Former House Speaker, Fred Schultz (left), got a surprise when he returned to the House chambers for the traditional unveiling of the speaker’s portrait. Minority leader Donald Reed of Boca Raton (right) substituted Mr. Schultz’s portrait with that of the 1893 Speaker, John B. Johnson of Dade City.
Many of these images are only partially identified and contain unidentified people and places. If you have additional information about any of the unidentified images please let us know in the comments, or contact us at the State Archives of Florida.
Two unidentified women reading the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper (1957)
Three unidentified African American servicemen posing with a woman in Tallahassee (ca. 1955)
Unidentified young women at the Watermelon Festival in Monticello (1957)
Unidentified WTVT cameraman in Tampa (1957)
Two unidentified cigarette girls in Tallahassee (1956)
Two unidentified Tallahassee police officers (1957)
Unidentified boy with go-kart in the Quincy parade (1953)
Unidentified pharmacist with a box of Chux disposable diapers in Tallahassee (1957)
Join us this Friday night, October 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a slideshow event featuring images from the Tallahassee Democrat Collection.
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