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Frank Sinatra had a connection to Miami Beach that began in the early days of his career. Many people know of his appearances at the Fontainebleau Hotel beginning in the late 1950s, and especially his 1960 Timex TV special where he welcomed a young Elvis Presley back home from the Army.

But, Frank’s connection with the Miami Beach scene began just about the time he was finishing up his MGM days where he starred with Continue Reading »

The next time you have lunch at Cafe Nexxt on Lincoln Road Mall look to the east and you’ll see where the Lincoln Center Hotel was once located. It encompassed the main entrance on Euclid Avenue and the entire hidden courtyard area where many shops and beauty salons are located today.

This art deco brochure is from 1938…

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Brochure from Lincoln Center Hotel on Lincoln Road -1938

Here’s how the brochure describes the hotel…

THE LINCOLN CENTER HOTEL, one of the newest, is ideally located in a tropical setting of exotic beauty on fashionable Lincoln Road, the “Fifth Avenue of the South,” amidst smart shops and beautifully landscaped streets, truly in the `center’ of all worth while activities. THE LINCOLN CENTER HOTEL offers a really distinctive address for those who care. Continue Reading »

Trend-driven South Beach has a reputation for fickle behavior. One day something is HOT and the next day it’s NOT. That’s why we are particularly excited to participate in the Miami Ad School and AdFed sponsored MIAMI BEACH TIME CAPSULE 2029 at the lovely Art Deco Welcome Center this Friday night,  December 4 at 7pm. Continue Reading »

Havana Miami CoverIn the first half of the 20th century, cruising to Havana was a big part of Miami’s tourist trade. Here’s a brochure from the Clyde-Mallory Cruise Lines from approximately 1940…

“HAVANA
Paris of the Western World
Separated by only a few hours of luxurious steamer travel, Havana and Miami present almost opposite characteristics. In Havana, the Latin temperament predominates and to the American every phase of the sophisticated Old Spanish City is foreign and romantic. At the races, at the Casino, about the historic old fortresses and Cathedrals, in the gaiety of the carnivals or the spell of evening concerts on the Malecon, at the roof gardens or cafes along the cosmopolitan Passeo de Marti—everywhere romance and chivalry dwell—beguiling the visitor into a new world of pleasures and Continue Reading »

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Here’s what the Cinema Theatre in South Beach looked like in the early 1970s when it was being used for Yiddish theater and Vaudeville performances. The Cinema was originally the Casino Supper Club, then later converted into a film theater and became part of the Paramount Theatre chain. Continue Reading »

This photo was snapped by an amateur photographer on Miami Beach, and if you look close you’ll see that the two people are Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. Unfortunately, the poor guy who took this photo didn’t quite get it in focus, which is a shame because Continue Reading »

Miami Beach Map

NEVER DULL IN MIAMI

For their visitors Miamians have made easily accessible the wide reaches of multi-hued water, the chief beauty spots, the wonderful bathing beaches, by building a marvelous Causeway, taming jungles, dredging channels and constructing more than 700 miles of fine motor highways. To the natural advantages they have added a multitude of facilities for outdoor recreation and sport of every kind, and annually arrange a program of unique and satisfying entertainment features. It is their proud boast that Miami is the liveliest winter resort in America. Continue Reading »