The Early Years, 1900 - 1919

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The Judge's Tarpon: A Comedy of the Royal Palm. St. Augustine, Fla.?: Florida East Coast Hotel Co., 1903 or 1904.

The Judge's Tarpon is one of a series of publications produced by the Florida East Coast Hotel Company in the early l900s. The Company prepared a short story to promote each of its luxurious Florida hotels. This fictionalized account, complete with photographs of tropical scenes in and around Miami, relates the entertaining adventures of a fishing trip to Miami and the Royal Palm. The main character, the Judge, experiences the recreational joys of Miami, where the weather conditions are comparable to "paradise, and you don't have to die to get there."


Chamberlain, John Newton. Glimpses of Miami, Florida: Photo- gravures. Miami, Fla.: John N. Chamberlain, c1904, (Brooklyn, N.Y.: The Albertype Co.).

This 1904 publication includes views of homes, businesses, agricultural products, and nature scenes in a delicate hand-tied paper binding. The finely printed photogravures provide a detailed view of Miami civic structures and residences, and the use of black and white images enhances the substance of these early city edifices.



Cellon, George Beauregard. Commercial Cultivation of Avocado and Mango. Miami, Fla.: Tropical Grove, 1912.

This unassuming publication may offer little enticement for the average tourist, but the wealth of financial and agricultural information presented for the commercial farmer illustrates the economic importance of these two crops in the early years of Miami. The presence of several brightly colored illustrations adds an unexpected allure to this brochure.


Souvenir of Miami and Florida East Coast Railway Extension. Buffalo, N.Y.: Union Souvenir Co., 1912?

Royal Poinciana blossoms adorn the cover of this early souvenir publication, printed in Buffalo, N. Y. In addition to news for visiting tourists, this pamphlet contains reports on the draining of the Everglades and substantial progress on the southern extension of the Florida East Coast Railway.



Miami, Florida, The Southern Metropolis. Miami, Fla.: Board of Trade, 1912?

From its earliest days Miami sought to establish itself as a thriving metropolitan area, able to compete with other cities for business, trade, and commerce. The Board of Trade prepared this pamphlet to encourage potential businesses, agricultural investors, and commercial interests to consider the advantages of relocating to "the Magic City."



Ward, C.H. The Lure of the Southland: Miami and Miami Beach, Florida. Miami, Fla.?: s.n., 1915.

This elaborate promotional magazine refers to Miami as "the City of Inspiration and the Southern Terminus of the Dixie Highway." In the early 1900's civic officials and businessmen found it necessary to address concerns regarding travel to and from Miami, and proudly hailed the economic and social advantages of this emerging Southern metropolis. The potential rigors of a long drive from the north to Miami are not discussed, however.




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