Florida Memory

Postcards are one of my favorite vacation souvenirs. Over the years I’ve used postcards to keep journals of our adventures. Instead of keeping a more traditional journal, I purchase postcards and then record the day’s events on them before mailing to myself.

When I arrive home from vacation the mailbox is overflowing with reminders of our trip and then throughout the next week we continue to receive postcards detailing the daily highlights.

Even now that I’ve switched to the more high tech Postagram version of the traditional postcard, I still enjoy recording vacation memories in this manner.

My love of postcards and the memories they evoke makes Florida Memory a favorite website. A division of library and information services, Florida Memory is a collection of photographs, videos, audio files, and exhibits that connect visitors to Florida’s past. I especially enjoy Florida Memory’s postcard collection since I remember looking through similar cards while vacationing in the Sunshine State years ago.

alligator
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/157588
seminole
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/163205
canal
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161075
suwannee
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/160853
ftlauderdale
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/163718

These postcards and many others in the collection remind me of trips taken as a child while vacationing in the state that would become our home.

 

 

 

Old Florida

If you love images of Florida in days gone by then you need to check out Old Florida on Facebook. Each day a half dozen or more pictures are posted of everything Florida.

Remember these postcards?

I think I may have stayed at here in Daytona.
I think I may have stayed at here in Daytona.
Postcard from one of my favorite restaurants in the state.
The Columbia is one of my favorite restaurants.

I love these citrus labels.

My early years teaching were in Weirsdale.
My early years teaching were in Weirsdale.
Florida grapefruit...the perfect way to start the day.
Florida grapefruit…the perfect way to start the day.

Of course there’s pictures from favorite Florida tourist attractions.

Glass bottom boats...the highlight of a trip to Silver Springs.
Glass bottom boats…the highlight of a trip to Silver Springs.
Long before Sea World Marineland attracted those who wanted an upclose dolphin experience.
Long before Sea World, Marineland attracted those who wanted an upclose dolphin experience.

Of course, old churches, hotels, houses, and landscapes are regularly posted as well.

Orange Creek Methodist Church
Orange Creek Methodist Church

 

Wekiwa Springs
Wekiwa Springs

I enjoy the Old Florida posts. Hope you do as well.