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January 8, 2020

Fascinating Color Pics Show Beautiful Life of Florida in the 1950s

Florida is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida.

Florida is the 22nd-most extensive, the 3rd-most populous,  and the 8th-most densely populated of the U.S. states. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. The Miami metropolitan area is Florida's most populous urban area. Tallahassee is the state's capital.

Florida is also renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, winter vegetables, the Kennedy Space Center, and as a popular destination for retirees. Florida is the flattest state in the United States. Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in Florida. Several beaches in Florida have turquoise and emerald-colored coastal waters.

Take a look at these fascinating color pics from The State Archives of Florida to see what Florida looked like in the 1950s.

Caribbean Club- Key Largo, Florida, circa 1950

Rainbow Springs near Dunnellon, Florida, August 21, 1950

African-American family at home, circa 1950

Baseball game at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, circa 1950

Drying fishing nets near Sarasota, Florida, circa 1950

Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale, circa 1950

Recording the day's catch at the docks in Sarasota, Florida, circa 1950

Ringling Circus performers at winter quarters in Sarasota, Florida, circa 1950

Seminole woman and children gigging frogs near the Tamiami Trail, January 3, 1951

Advertisement shot for homes in Winter Haven, June 1952

Silver Springs- Ocala, Florida, June 30, 1952

Gymnasts posed in a formation, Tallahassee, 1953

Sarasota Sun-Debs posture training class at Lido Beach, Florida, 1953

Highway patrol cars in Gasparilla parade, Tampa, February 1954

Models posing in Jantzen bathing suits at Cypress Gardens, circa 1954

Spa Beach in St. Petersburg, Florida, May 23, 1954

Fishing in Sarasota, Florida, circa 1955

Florida Citrus Queen Sally Ardrey and her court at the Florida Citrus Exposition in Winter Haven, January 1955

Juniper Springs, Ocala National Forest, Florida, circa 1955

Overseas Highway bridge in the Florida Keys, circa 1955

People playing cards at a backyard party in Miami, circa 1955

Poolside at the Eden Roc Cabana Club- Miami Beach, Florida, circa 1955

Sailor Circus acrobatic performer Judy Laurent with a camera, Sarasota, 1955

Skyline Hotel at dusk, Tallahassee, circa 1955

Snack bar at the Warm Mineral Springs attraction in North Port, 1955

Sponges on display in front of the Florida Curio gift shop in Tarpon Springs, circa 1955

Sunbathers at Lido Beach, Florida, circa 1955

Volleyball at the municipal casino- Lido Beach, Florida, 1955

Window shopping in Hollywood, November 1955

Woman posing with camellias at Killearn Gardens State Park in Tallahassee, circa 1955

Women modeling bathing suits at the beach, circa 1955

Women wearing leis posing in bathing suits at the beach, circa 1955

Opening Christmas presents at Lake Seminole Resort in Largo, December 25, 1957

Performance at the Cypress Gardens theme park in Winter Haven, circa 1957

Barber at Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, circa 1958

Deaconess Bedell with Seminole Indians at Glade Cross Mission in Everglades City, April 1958

Guitarist performing at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, circa 1958

Seminole Girl at Brighton Indian Reservation, circa 1958

Seminole Indian mother and child at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, circa 1958

Seminole Man at Brighton Indian Reservation, circa 1958

Seminole men at the Dania Reservation in Hollywood, Florida, 1958

Seminole woman at Brighton Indian Reservation, circa 1958

Seminole woman reading at Big Cypress Reservaton, circa 1958

Woman posing in azaleas at Killearn (Maclay) Gardens State Park, Tallahassee, circa 1958

Beacon Hotel, Miami Beach, circa 1959

Model on the beach with sea shell, Florida, circa 1959


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