William A. Fishbaugh worked as a commercial photographer for more than 40 years. During his tenure as an employee of real estate developer George Merrick, Fishbaugh captured a remarkable visual history of the 1920s Florida Land Boom, particularly the development of Coral Gables, Miami, and Miami Beach. In addition to photographing homes, businesses, and attractions, Fishbaugh also documented area golf courses.
Miami Biltmore, early 1920s
May is National Barbecue Month. Some etymologists believe the word barbecue comes from the Timucuan Indian word “baribicu” meaning “sacred fire.”
“Mode of Drying Fish, Wild Animals, and other Provisions,” from an engraving by Theodor de Bry
There is no doubt that barbecue and barbecuing is sacred to many Floridians today and was certainly enjoyed by the Timucuans of yesterday. From the meat lover to the vegan, Florida’s beautiful spring weather demands that we come together for a barbecue!
Barbecue at the Koreshan Unity, Estero, ca. 1945
Do dogs resemble their people? Take a look at these Florida pet owners and tell us what you think…
Young girl with her dog, South Florida, 1890s
Drying racks laden with pecans, Monticello Nursery Company, 1923
Congratulations to Okeechobee, Main Street Community of the Month for April 2013! Learn more about the Florida Main Street Program.
Steamboat Mary Howard, early 1900s
Lake Drive, 1910s
Railroad Depot, 1910s
Fanny Stuart and Susie Tiger, Indian Prairie, 1919
Bootleggers, moonshiners, and rum runners rejoiced when Prohibition banned the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States. Florida’s long and undulating coastline provided an open door for illicit booze from the Caribbean, and the state’s extensive forests, swamps, scrub, hammocks, and bayous provided ample cover for stills. In 1926, Charlotte County in southwest Florida gained recognition for the biggest haul of contraband liquor on record.
Police testing moonshine after a raid, Immokalee, 1950s
The vehicles used to carry firefighters to the scene of an emergency have seen a few changes over the course of a century…
First Hose Wagon, Tallahassee, early 1900s
Florida has never lacked musicians ready to perform.
Madison town band, ca. 1900
Jug and harmonica band, 1880s
Congratulations to Fort Pierce, Main Street Community of the Month for March 2013! Learn more about the Florida Main Street Program.
P.P. Cobb General Store, early 1900s
Lowell Hill and daughter, early 1900s
Florida East Coast Railroad Station, early 1900s