When A Plate Of Ribs Was $1.35

Today we take a quick look at yearbook ads in the back of my 1955 University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida yearbook. Yes, ads might seem banal, but I enjoy the localized details, like this dry cleaning ad. The cartoons are simple but fun; you can even see cleanliness emanating off the fabric. I likeContinue reading “When A Plate Of Ribs Was $1.35”

You Must Never Break The Chain

With so many men overseas during WWII, women filled the vacancies in a number of jobs, including painting power poles for Florida Power and Light. In Reminisce: Pictures from the Past, the husband of Virginia Kompe (right) explains how Virginia and her sister, Shirley, spent the winter of late ’44 into early ’45 “raising laddersContinue reading “You Must Never Break The Chain”

Florida Tobacco Farm

Nope, this isn’t slavery. It’s 1910, nearly half a century after the end of the Civil War, smack dab in the middle of the Jim Crow era (laws enforcing racial segregation in the South between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and the beginning of the civil rights movement in the 1950s). Though they aren’tContinue reading “Florida Tobacco Farm”

Places To Go, People To See, Part I

Have a hankering to visit the Sunshine State? No, not the Australian state of Queensland! But before you start packing, please review the following: Where does one get a license to skateboard? The same place you procure a license to ill? Never more than an hour from the ocean? Fresh seafood, here I come!