Oystering communities around the world take pride in the quality and freshness of their succulent bivalves, and Apalachicola is no exception. With its brackish waters and calm winds, Apalachicola Bay is a prime setting for both oysters and the industry built around them to thrive.
Young boy enjoying oyster at the Florida Seafood Festival – Apalachicola, Florida
The people of Apalachicola possess skills, beliefs, and a spirit of generosity and perseverance that make the community unique. Crafts such as boat building or oyster tong making are passed down through generations, as are techniques for harvesting and shucking the oysters. Successful seafood distributors make the product available to the many restaurants and retailers in the region, and the community celebrates its heritage during the annual Florida Seafood Festival.
Miss Florida Seafood 1974, Rosalie Nichols, at the Florida Seafood Festival
Why race off? Slow down and smell the salt water!
Ranson E. Olds in the Olds Pirate: Ormond Beach (ca. 1896)
Louis Ross in a Stanley Steamer automobile: Daytona Beach (1903)
Arthur McDonald in his Napier racer: Daytona Beach (1905)
Barney Oldfield racing the Blitzen Benz: Daytona Beach (1910)
Sir Henry Segrave in the Golden Arrow: Daytona Beach (1929)
Tommy Milton: Daytona Beach (1920)
Harry Hartz: Miami Beach (1926)
Ralph DePalma in his Packard V-12: Daytona Beach (1919)
Buddy Callaway: Daytona Beach (1936)
Jack Etheridge in Bill Milam’s Special 1: Daytona Beach (1947)
Sig Haugdahl in the Wisconsin Special: Daytona Beach (1922)
Sir Malcolm Campbell in his Bluebird: Daytona Beach (1935)
How’s the weather where you are? Come to Florida, where any day is just another day at the beach.
Ormond Beach (ca. 1895)
Few things announce the arrival of spring in Florida quite like the crack of the bat, cheering fans and vendors peddling peanuts. Since the late 19th century, many Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises have favored sites in Florida to conduct their annual spring training exercises.
Babe Ruth in Jacksonville for spring training (1920s)
Spring training in Florida really took off in the early 20th century. During the Florida land boom of the 1920s, practically every burgeoning town courted MLB franchises as part of their efforts to lure tourists and permanent residents. The biggest names in the game, such as Babe Ruth and Willie Mays, graced the sun-drenched diamonds across Florida each spring.
Willie Mays in St. Petersburg for spring training (ca. 1972)
Although several MLB teams have moved their spring training facilities to Arizona, Florida continues to host spring training and minor league baseball every season.
Brooklyn Dodgers in Vero Beach for spring training (ca. 1950)
Hey, wait a minute, Jon! You’re forgetting some very important ball players – the ladies of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1948, members of the Chicago Colleens, Fort Wayne Daisies, South Bend Blue Sox, Peoria Redwings, Rockford Peaches and Springfield Sallies participated in spring training exercises in Opa-locka, Florida; and the Florida Department of Commerce was there to capture it on film. Check it out!
Marie Wegman of the Fort Wayne Daisies arguing with umpire Norris Ward
Mallory Square (1979)
Smathers Beach (1988)
Fishing at the Navy Outer Mole (1988)
Sailing at dusk (1979)
Pelican silhouette (1983)
Before the big race moved inland to an asphalt track and became an American classic, drivers fulfilled their need for speed on the beaches of Central Florida.
The crowd assembles… (January 1952)
Gentlemen, start your engines! (ca. 1910)
Everybody gets pole position (January 14, 1905)
And they’re off! (February 1952)
Into the turn… (February 1952)
Watch out for wrecks! (February 1952)
And the winner is… Edward Knowles Rayson! (1947)
Richard Petty and friends (February 1971)
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In a tradition a century old, major league baseball teams are reporting to spring training camps in Florida (the Grapefruit League) and Arizona (the Cactus League) to prepare for the upcoming season.
Babe Ruth in a spring training game: Miami, Florida, March 16, 1920
Cleveland Indians spring training: Lakeland, Florida, between 1924-1927
Batting practice at Brooklyn Dodgers training camp in Vero Beach, between March 22-24, 1949
Spring training game in Lakeland, Florida, March 1967
Florida Marlins spring training game, 1993
Houston Astros spring training game in Kissimmee, Florida, 1980s
Enjoy a few of our favorite photos of Daytona in the 1920s.
Daytona Highlands Home (1925)
Family at the beach (1923)
Looking west near City Island Field (1925)
Sir Henry Segrave in the Gold Arrow (1929)
Mary McLeod Bethune with the graduating class (1928)
See more photos of Daytona in the 1920s.
Enjoy some of our favorite photos of Pensacola in the early 1900s.
Pensacola Fire Department (1903)
Mounted Patrol during the streetcar strike (April 1908)
Pensacola Harbor (1903)
Palafox Street (ca. 1910)
Consolidated Grocery Company at the Citizens National Bank (1906)
Found a great photo of Pensacola at the turn of the 20th century that we missed? Share it with us in the comments.
2013 marks the 100 year anniversary of the founding of Seminole County. On April 25, 1913, Seminole County was carved out of Orange County. Enjoy a few of our favorite images of Seminole County’s people, places and events.
Drawing of Fort Mellon on Lake Monroe (ca. 1837)
Altamonte Hotel, Altamonte Springs (1880s)
Sanford Waterfront (1882)
Waiting for the train, Altamonte Springs (ca. 1885)
Hotel Sanford (1886)
Steamboats on Lake Monroe (ca. 1886)
Cassava seedbeds, Lake Mary (early 1900s)
Main Street in Oviedo (ca. 1900)
Sanford telephone exchange (1910s)
Automobile transported by ferry on Lake Monroe (February 14, 1912)
Sanford Machine and Garage Company (1917)
The Senator, near Longwood (1920s)
Jewish women’s club outside the Celery City Tea Room in Sanford (1933)
Dedication of Lake Monroe Bridge (April 6, 1934)
Celery harvest near Sanford (1937)
Seminole County Courthouse (1940s)
Sanlando Springs (1946)
Band shell on Lake Monroe (1949)
Members of the New York Giants and the Sanford girls team warming up (April 1950)
Beulah Conley operating a toroid coil winding machine in Casselberry (January 1958)
Larry Aubrey on the St. Johns River near Sanford (February 1960)
Barbara Muller of Lake Mary performing at the Florida Folk Festival (1976)