Aerial view overlooking John Ringling's Ritz-Carlton Hotel at the southern tip of Longboat Key, Florida.

Aerial view overlooking John Ringling's Ritz-Carlton Hotel at the southern tip of Longboat Key, Florida.

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/254530
(please include photographer's name when noted).

Title

  • Aerial view overlooking John Ringling's Ritz-Carlton Hotel at the southern tip of Longboat Key, Florida.

Image Number

  • JJS2257

Year

  • 1952

Date Note

  • Photographed in April 1952.

Series Title

General Note

  • John Ringling began construction of the Ritz Carlton in 1926. Hard economic times forced Ringling to shut down the project and it was later demolished in 1964.
  • Accompanying note: "High school kids at night were killed falling down elevator shafts in dark."

    Biography Note

  • Joseph Janney Steinmetz was a world-renowned commercial photographer whose images appeared in such publications as the Saturday Evening Post, Life, Look, Time, Holiday, Collier's, and Town & Country. His work has been referred to as "an American social history," which documented diverse scenes of American life from affluent northeasterners to middle-class Floridians. Steinmetz moved from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Sarasota, Florida in 1941.

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 16 x 20 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Subject Corporate

Shelf Number

  • Location: 30713, D.

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