Saturday, November 24, 2012
Tourists have been flocking to sunny, beautiful Florida for decades; today's pictures are all from long before Disney moved in.
Here's a nice shot from Miami Beach in 1952. The slide says it was December... imagine living in some frozen state up north; instead of dealing with icy roads, burst water pipes and snow-clogged driveways, you could spend your Christmas lounging on the warm sand under a blue sky, with the relaxing sound of ocean waves. Paradise.
This Kodachrome slide was labeled "Florida Campground", and that's all I know. It is certainly from the 1950's... I love the vintage trailers and campers, and those wonderful cars of course - how about that "woody" station wagon. Just visible is a blue lagoon, perhaps one of the many freshwater springs that are found all over the Sunshine State. Let's go swimming with manatees!
Monkey Jungle is a 30-acre wildlife park (founded in 1933!) in the Miami area, featuring hundreds of primates. Folks can't get enough of chimpanzees acting like people. This fellow (let's call him "Cornelius") is obviously involved in NASA's "Project Gemini" (this being 1965). His rocket is made from the finest galvanized steel and and an upside-down trash can. Cornelius definitely has the right stuff!