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“If We’d Agreed to Meet Up at the Library in 1925…” “Paul’s Safari into Miami’s History”

______ …THEN this would have been the place. Henry Flagler was a reader; in fact that was how he’d accomplished much of what he had with scarcely a grade school education. Among many other things, he’d redefined the existing structure … Continue reading

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“Hey, Folks! Do You Remember When Miami was HAP-Happy?”, Aug. 10,1953. “Paul’s Safari into Miami’s History”

  GIVEN HALF a chance, (and if you take your eyes of ’em for even a second), certain especially peppy pelicans full of “the business ” will get in tight with the bartender, before you even know it, and then … Continue reading

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A Playful Glimpse of Miami, Florida as of 1898, From Artist Johnny Gruelle, 1933.

“Oh, BOY! A Cartoon History of Earliest Miami, in a Nutshell!”, 1898. “Paul’s Safari into Miami’s History” _________ HERE is a visual goldmine of playful Miami history, published in a special issue of the Miami Herald dated July 30, 1933.  … Continue reading

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"A Pearl Beyond Price — & There When We Need It."

“Paul’s Safari into Miami’s History”               Oct. 5, 2016 (Hurricane Matthew “Out There.”) ____ (Image: “Miami Daily News Building,” 1925, Florida Memory.) FROM time to time, when we may find ourselves a little apprehensive, as for example when we’re trying to … Continue reading

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"Ooh, That George Merrick! Have You Heard the Latest? Why, He’s Gone & Built Himself a ‘Douglas Entrance,’ Out in the Woods!" ca. 1926.

   “Paul’s Safari into Miami’s History”                 Oct. 5, 2016_____ BEING a “visionary” can’t be as easy as it might seem, years after the fact. One occupational hazard that can almost certainly be anticipated  is being thought of as “crazy as … Continue reading

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“When the Sun Sets in the Florida Everglades…”

FROM the days when the first visitors started making their way down to frontier Miami, generally by railroad as far as Fort Lauderdale and then the final stretch by boat, that vast, majestic, and delightfully ominous realm known as the … Continue reading

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“Sunday Afternoon at Crandon Park Public Beach, Early 1950’s.”

I DON’T believe I’d be able to recall hours of my childhood more sweetly spent, or time more fully enjoyed by the entire family, as a whole, than the timeless weekend afternoons spent at Crandon Park, out on Key Biscayne. … Continue reading

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“The Coming of the Automobile Calls Forth the ‘Tin Can Tourist’: ‘Afternoon dance at a Miami, Florida trailer camp, 1938.”

SINCE the photo is the thing, here’s a view closer to original size for your enjoyment. There are a hundred stories told here, at least.   The event was captured at Ollie’s Trailer Park, a “Trailer Paradise,” which was then situated … Continue reading

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Dateline: "Out Among the Palmetto and Pine, a Miracle Rises Up That Will Lift a Broken City," 1927. "Paul’s Safari Into Miami’s History"

  The Construction of Miami High, 1927. THE PEOPLE had never before heard tell of a school as imposing and elegant as that which was rising day-by-day over the fields of green palmetto and lofty pine out beyond the edge … Continue reading

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Dateline: "A Place in a Dream, I Once Saw: ‘Miami, Florida Skyline From Biscayne Bay,’" late 1920’s. "Paul’s Safari Into Miami’s History"

  “I DON’T know,” he said, genuinely puzzled and scratching his head. He seemed unable to stop looking at the old card he’d found at the very back of a shelf in the old shop, long ago fallen from sight. … Continue reading

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