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Before the Blackout, WW II.

    A festive image, for sure.  And yet years later, during WW II, a mandatory “blackout” along the entire shoreline was imposed. “On Feb. 19, 1942, a German U-boat sank the Pan Massachusetts 20 miles south of Cape Canaveral. … Continue reading

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Alligator hole in Miami Beach.

This was years before even John Collins’ wooden bridge connected the sandbar to the mainland.  

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“Dreaming of Miami.”

  Palm Song Nocturne, Detail   P. Crockett The curious will never be able to understand the first thing about Miami (if indeed the place may be truly understood, at all) until they realize that the relevant focus has never been … Continue reading

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Dateline: Miami Beach, Late ’50’s "Paul’s Safari Into Miami’s History"

“The Lucerne: Mid-Century Satanic,” late 1950’s It is generally agreed that this distinctive example of the rare and diabolical sub-genre was situated at 4101 Collins Avenue in fabulous Miami Beach, but a lingering sense of confusion prevails about what might … Continue reading

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“Morningside by the Bay,” 36 X 30”

       

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When Coral Way Elementary Was New.

  It was an  impulse to share the earliest photograph of Coral Way Elementary School that I’ve yet come across, that prompted me to write this post.  Here it is. Of course, I wound up getting carried away as usual, … Continue reading

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"Forgotten Mango Grove, Coconut Grove," 24 X 36"

  What becomes of a grove of hardy mangoes when the trees, not knowing any different, keep on bearing fine fruit even many years after they have outlived those who first planted, nourished, and tended them?  It changes a little … Continue reading

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Then and Now: “the Miami Beach Kennel Club and environs,’ 1930, and Today’s South Beach.

  Dateline: South Miami Beach, 1930.   “Paul’s Safari Into Miami History” ______________________ The Miami Beach Kennel Club and its Environs,” 1930. It fronted Ocean Drive, at First Street.  From 1926 until its final demise in 1980, the Miami Beach Kennel … Continue reading

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Welcome to Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 1915.

  One interesting aspect of this image is its caption, An Ocean Drive.  It suggests the origin of its present name, and how it came to be. Unlike many of the newer roads laid down in such a hurry in … Continue reading

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Sheeps Meadow (Central Park) 22 X 28"

Sheeps Meadow (Central Park)             P. Crockett NEW YORK CITY is a national treasure in so many ways. It is where the dreamers and visionaries, the immigrants from the world over, and everybody else are drawn, and always have been.  My … Continue reading

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