Christmas Card Day

Merry Christmas Card Day! Have you sent yours yet?

Aldridge family siblings (Cornelia Ward & John West), Tallahassee, 1915

Aldridge family siblings (Cornelia Ward & John West), Tallahassee, 1915

 

Florida Christmas Greeting, postmarked December 14, 1926

Florida Christmas Greeting, postmarked December 14, 1926

 

Steinmetz family, 1936

Steinmetz family, 1936

 

Emmett Kelly, 1955

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

Seminole Tribe Chairman James Billie and family, 1985

James Billie is Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. He frequently performed at the Florida Folk Festival in the 1980s.

Guess Who…

We have celebrities hidden throughout our collections, but can you guess who they are? No cheating!

Do you recognize the second player from the right? He’s still involved in the football world and appears on your television every Saturday morning during the college season.

FSU football players in Tallahassee, ca. 1955

FSU football players in Tallahassee, ca. 1955

How about this FSU football star? He’s run the Longest Yard both on the field and the silver screen.

FSU football player in Tallahassee, 1954

FSU football player in Tallahassee, 1954

What about the student in this video clip? Many doors opened for him during his music career.

Veterans Day

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 parade in Monticello, 1921

 

Armistice Day in Ocala, 1940

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 in Tallahassee, 1985

 

Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial in Tallahassee, 1987

Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial in Tallahassee, 1987

 

Governor Jeb Bush on Veterans Day in Tallahassee, 1999

Governor Jeb Bush on Veterans Day in Tallahassee, 1999

No Shave November

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

Hiram Hampton, pistol-packing doctor, Tampa, ca. 1900

 

Unidentified man with curled mustache, Tallahassee, ca. 1900

Unidentified man with curled mustache, Tallahassee, ca. 1900

 

Unidentified man with goatee, Tallahassee, ca. 1900

Unidentified man with goatee, Tallahassee, ca. 1900

 

Men without beards were caught and "punished" for fun, Lake City, 1959

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.

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.

 

Portrait of "Eagle," Key West, 1977

Portrait of “Eagle,” Key West, 1977

Three Cheers for Three Thousand Likes!

Thanks for helping us reach 3,000 likes on Facebook! In honor of the occasion, here’s a collection of photographs featuring the number 3,000 …

3,000 campers at the Tin Can Tourists convention, Arcadia, 1929

3,000 campers at the Tin Can Tourists convention, Arcadia, 1929

 

Land for sale in south Florida, starting at $3,000, 1938

Land for sale in south Florida, starting at $3,000, 1938

 

3,000 pines planted near Sumatra, 1938

3,000 pines planted near Sumatra, 1938

 

Dragline at the International Peace Valley phosphate mine - moves 3,000 tons of earth per day, Mulberry, 1947

Dragline at the International Peace Valley phosphate mine – moves 3,000 tons of earth per day, Mulberry, 1947

 

3,000 foot walkway through Corkscrew Swamp, 1961

3,000 foot walkway through Corkscrew Swamp, 1961

 

3,000 ton crawler moved Apollo Saturn V into place, Cape Canaveral, 1966

3,000 ton crawler moved Apollo Saturn V into place, Cape Canaveral, 1966

Spook Hill

On this All Hallows Eve, we’d like to share with you the legend of Spook Hill.

Park your car on Spook Hill in Lake Wales and a strange thing happens… Your car will roll UPHILL! Is it a geographic phenomenon? A curse? Or a trick? You be the judge!

Sign at Spook Hill, 1953

Sign at Spook Hill, 1953

An unsuspecting couple approaches Spook Hill, 1956

An unsuspecting couple approaches Spook Hill, 1956

Sign relating the legend of Spook Hill, 1980s

Sign relating the legend of Spook Hill, 1980s

Florida Seafood Festival (November 1-2, 2013)

The Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013! The annual two-day festival features royalty (Miss Florida and King Retsyo), fresh Florida seafood, and more.

Palmer Philyaw, 1969

Palmer Philyaw, 1969

 

Bradie Parrish and Palmer Philyaw working on a fishing net, 1969

Bradie Parrish and Palmer Philyaw working on a fishing net, 1969

 

Mary Helen Marshall, Miss Florida Seafood Festival, 1970

Mary Helen Marshall, Miss Florida Seafood Festival, 1970

 

Papa Toranto, Miss Florida Seafood Festival Lisa Barber, and Anthony Toranto, 1971

Papa Toranto, Miss Florida Seafood Festival Lisa Barber, and Anthony Toranto, 1971

 

Oyster shucking contest, 1973

Oyster shucking contest, 1973

 

Miss Florida Seafood Festival Rosalie Nichols and an unidentified man, 1974

Miss Florida Seafood Festival Rosalie Nichols and an unidentified man, 1974

 

Blessing of the fleet, 1986

Blessing of the fleet, 1986

 

Bob Jones as "King Retsyo," 1986

Bob Jones as “King Retsyo,” 1986

Unidentified in the Tallahassee Democrat Collection

The Tallahassee Democrat Collection contains photographic negatives taken by Tallahassee Democrat photographers from the 1950s to 1970.

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 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.

International Coffee Day

September 29th is International Coffee Day! Check out these photos while you enjoy your favorite cup of joe.

Woman enjoying a cup of coffee at Lovett's Food Store, Jacksonville, 1946

Woman enjoying a cup of coffee at Lovett’s Food Store, Jacksonville, 1946

 

Fisherman pouring himself a cup of coffee below deck, Naples, 1949

Fisherman pouring himself a cup of coffee below deck, Naples, 1949

 

Tour guide George Espenlaub making "swamp coffee" in the Everglades, 1950s

Tour guide George Espenlaub making “swamp coffee” in the Everglades, 1950s

 

Maxwell House coffee quality control, Jacksonville, 1950s

Maxwell House coffee quality control, Jacksonville, 1950s

 

Evelyn Horne serving coffee to Billie Parks and Tessie Siegfried at the Riverview Inn restaurant, Estero, ca. 1955

Evelyn Horne serving coffee to Billie Parks and Tessie Siegfried at the Riverview Inn restaurant, Estero, ca. 1955

 

Employee pouring coffee beans into a grinder at the "Oldest Store," St. Augustine, 1964

Employee pouring coffee beans into a grinder at the “Oldest Store,” St. Augustine, 1964

 

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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