Facebook’s Old Florida: Retro Cool Content

By: Gary McKechnie


Writing about off the beaten path Florida often merges with an era many natives like me recall as Old Florida.

That’s a time when attractions were based largely on Florida’s natural features, gentlemen dressed up when attending swank Miami Beach floor shows, women in one-piece bathing suits reclined on golden sands, and postcards captured every bit of beauty from Key West to Pensacola and from the Cracker Era to the 1960s.

If, like me, you find those times totaling fascinating and greatly missed, allow me to direct your attention to the increasingly popular Facebook page, Old Florida.

Author and artist Rick Kilby began the site as a labor of love a few years back and that dedication has been repaid in full.

With a never-ending supply of kitsch and cool images and articles and memories, as of this writing it has more than 33,000 ‘likes’ – and for good reason. Whether it’s a scene on a lovely linen postcard, a memory of a tacky Florida souvenir, or an archival photograph of a long-gone structure, there’s always something to see. Really – take my word for it.

Better yet, see it for yourself. Just click over to Old Florida.

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