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Carl Fisher is generally considered to be the father of Miami Beach, and one of the best biographies of him I’ve ever read appeared in Coronet in 1949. Here are a few excerpts from that biography:

THAT MAN FISHER must be crazy! The Hoosier fool is trying to make a tourist resort out of that crocodile hole.” Continue Reading »

HENRY M. FLAGLER’S Florida East Coast Railroad kept Mrs. Julia Tuttle of Fort Dallas in a fever heat of excitement. She knew it would eventually open up all south Florida to northern commerce and she was keenly aware of the boon it would be to the country once it reached the Biscayne Bay region. Continue Reading »

Miami by the Sea

Here’s an interesting advertisment from 1923

Miami, the city of adventure and tropical wonderland, where business cares and worries vanish under the spell of glorious sunshine, invites the world to enjoy the magic of fun in myriad forms, in 4 the most Continue Reading »

The Nikko was a sightseeing tour boat that operated from the lagoon across from the Roney Plaza Hotel at 24th and Collins Avenue during the 1940s and 50s. Continue Reading »

Moon Over Miami

Moon Over Miami was a 1941 film which starred Don Ameche, Carole Landis (the “Sweater girl”), Robert Cummings and pin-up girl Betty Grable.

It was a remake of a prior film titled “Three Blind Mice” and tells the story of three women who Continue Reading »