Vintage Snapshots: A Trip Through Florida, In Kodachrome – 1950s to 1960s

Those who follow CC daily, are aware that I’ve recently shared a few galleries of winter images. But honestly, it’s time to take a break from all that. And as many others have done before, the best way to get a respite from the cold is a bit of sun in Florida. So let’s take a trip down memory lane in the Sunshine State, with the help of some Kodachromes.

I feel a bit odd posting about Florida since I had a 3-month stay in the state back in the early ’90s. Not enough time to get to know it, but long enough to know that it ain’t quite like the South, nor quite like the East. Even if technically belonging to both. It’s, culturally, its very own thing.

Which makes sense. Its history and peculiar geography make it one of a kind. For those familiar with the state, these images bring glimpses of that uniqueness, as well as providing a window to the Florida that was.

Florida Vacation, 1949.

29th Ave., Gulfport, 1956.

Sunrise Shopping Center, Ft. Lauderdale, 1956.

Storyland, near Pompano Beach, 1957.

Mid-Century Motels, Sunny Isles Beach, mid-50s.

Florida oranges, near Lake Wales, 1957.

“World’s Famous” Webb’s City – World’s Most Unusual Drugstore, St. Petersburg, 1958.

St. Petersburg Rail Road Station, 1958.

Clearwater Beach, 1964.

Downtown Clearwater, 1969.

First National Bank, Clearwater, 1969.