Here’s The Gifford Arms in Orlando in the 1950s. Over time the name changed to The Howard Vernon Motor Lodge and has that name today. A map below shows how the hotels look today.
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A view of the wonderful Starlight Room at the Belleview Biltmore in Belleair. I’d say the undated postcard is from around 1960.
Here’s a large, undated postcard for Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp-Resort on west US 192 in Kissimmee, just south of Disney World. This was one of two in the area. The other one was about five miles away on Turkey Lake Road south of Sand Lake Road in south Orange County. Both are gone now.
This location has a few of the original buildings that were along US192, like the one above. See the street level view below.The map indicates the original street names in the camp ground are still being used: Yogi Bear Boulevard and Ranger Road.
The bulk of the park has been sold to a developer that is developing Lighthouse Resort and Spa, a timeshare project. The old campground is surrounded by timeshare developments. To the west is Vista Del Lago. To the west is Orange Lake Resort that was built by Kimmons Wilson, who founded Holiday Inn.
Here’s a view of the former location:
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Swimming fun at The Sea Gull along Miami Beach. The postcard isn’t post marked, but I’d say this is sometime in the early ’60s. The Sea Gull is still there! Click here to see their site.
Here’s a shoe glove to clean your shoes given away while staying at The Landmark Motor Lodge in Winter Haven. Not sure which corner the motel was at on US 17 & County road 544. However there is not a motel there now. I would guess it was where a home Depot is now. Below is an image of the motel I snagged fro the internet. Need to get the postcard the image is from added to the Swampy postcard collection.
Here’s a postcard from the 1880s showcasing Jacksonville’s grandest places to stay at the time. Included is the Everett House and the Carleton House and a view of Bay Street.
It the Columbus Hotel in Miami! The structure was started during the 1920s boom and then financial troubles set in. Movie mogul Steven Lynch stepped in with creative financial leverage and took over and finished the building. The hotel closed in the 1960s and demolished in the 1980s. A large condominium project with an odd name, that includes the address, 50 Biscayne , was built in the empty lot in 2005.
It’s 1886 and here’s the Cocoanut Grove Hotel in Lake Worth. It’s Lake Worth’s first resort hotel. The end came as Flagler and his railroad and his opulent Royal Poinciana Hotel was built nearby. It became more of an apartment house before burning to the ground in 1893.
(‘Source: Black Gold and Silver Sands’ by James D. Snyder, 2004)
The Tahitian Inn in Tampa has been around a long time and still stands on South Dale Mabry Highway. It has changed a lot since this undated postcard came out in the 1960s.
Here’s is what the Tahitian Inn looks like today:
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Here’s a 1948 postmarked postcard of the Johnson Terrace that was, at one time, in Downtown Jacksonville. Arnold Norman sent the card from Jacksonville to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Norman wrote to “Toots” that he had been swimming “in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday” and “saw Silver Springs today.”
The location is now a public park. A location photo is below:
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