The Breckenridge Resort Hotel in St. Pete Beach. We stayed here one year at Christmas time, and while we like the Gulf Coast's beaches and quiet surf, it was a pretty boring place for 3 children, and not much of a "resort". The beach card is from the Marco Island Hotel and Villas also on the Gulf Coast, though more southerly. This was a lovely place and we enjoyed the quaintness of the shopping area and small town. That was back in the '80's and I am told it has changed considerably since we were there. On the left is the Bon Aire Hotel in St. Pete. The card says " Every room Air Conditioned.....Central Heating Plant. 200 feet of private beach. Open the year 'round. Mr and Mrs. William Curotto, Owners-Managers." The card is dated 8-24-53.
The World's Largest Bandshell, in Daytona Beach. This card was mailed to my mom on March 15, 1954; unfortunately the writer mentions cold and rainy weather. Not what you want to hear from there, is it?
Fishing off John's Pass Bridge in St. Petersburg. Mailed in August 1953, when stamps were 2 cents!
No visit to Florida is complete (says the card) without a stop at world-famed Silver Springs, midway between Tampa and Jacksonville. The card shows a famous "horse shoe palm". This one was mailed 2-10-53.
Howard Johnson'sMotor Lodge in Miami Beach was where my son and his wife-to-be stayed on a trip in 1985. The other two cards from Miami are more recent. The top one shows the famous Fontainebleu Hilton and the lower one is the Marriott on Biscayne Bay and the Omni Complex.
The bottom set of cards are two from Walt Disney World, top showing the Dolphin Hotel, in which I stayed for a convention in 1992, and the one of Cinderella's Castle I sent to my parents in 1979. We took the children there at Christmas time. The bottom left card is in honor of Poopie
who said recently that she used to work with stained glass. I also did stained glass, and when we went to Florida several years ago, we were taken to Winter Park, to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Check it out:
This card shows a Favrile glass mosaic and marble chapel, created by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1892 for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It is magnificent and I highly recommend a visit here if you are nearby.
I apologize that this post is all over the place photo-wise. I scanned the cards and Blogger kept moving them around so that when I added the written copy, it was not beside the card it was meant for. Hope you can sort through it all.