Tampa in the 1890s

Tampa Bay Hotel (1898)

Tampa Bay Hotel (1898)

Artillery camp (1898)

Artillery camp (1898)

Looking east on Franklin Street (1898)

Looking east on Franklin Street (1898)

Trolley car “The Seminole” (1892)

Trolley car “The Seminole” (1892)

Seidenberg cigar factory payroll office (1894)

Seidenberg cigar factory payroll office (1894)

3rd U.S. Cavalry at Drill (1898)

3rd U.S. Cavalry at Drill (1898)

Haya home at 605 Magnolia Avenue, Hyde Park (1895)

Haya home at 605 Magnolia Avenue, Hyde Park (1895)

Clara Barton and Red Cross colleagues having a picnic (1898)

Clara Barton and Red Cross colleagues having a picnic (1898)

Cuban volunteers in the barracks (1898)

Cuban volunteers in the barracks (1898)

Theodore Roosevelt and other high ranking officials of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment (1898)

Theodore Roosevelt and other high ranking officials of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment (1898)

Commerce Collection

Barbara Hughes cutting a back flip with beach ball (black ballet fashion) - Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida
State beverage of Florida
Tommy Dodgen, age 4, standing by the largest lamp in the world - Tampa, Florida

If you’re looking for iconic images of Florida, the Commerce Collection is the place to start. The collection is especially rich in classic images from the ’40s and ’50s.

The collection contains approximately 30,000 images of cities, industries, tourist attractions, rivers and leisure activities taken by the Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism, and its predecessors, from the 1940s to 1996.

You’ll see more images from the Commerce Collection in upcoming posts. See if you can recognize the style. If you think you spot one, you can check your guess by looking for the series title in the catalog record.

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