Roaring Twenties, 1920 -1925

Souvenir of Miami, Fla., The Magic City. Chicago, Ill.: Curt Teich & Co., 1920?

With cover illustrations of the Royal Palm Hotel and a speed boat regatta on Biscayne Bay, this colorful 1920 brochure depicts a wide range of tourist attractions and recreational activities, including picturesque views of Flagler Street, notable hotels and homes, and waterfront views of Indian Creek and Miami Beach. The City of Miami is described as "a popular winter resort, where more than 200,000 visitors come annually to escape the rigors of ice and snow."

Chamberlain, John Newton. Miami, Jewel of the South. Miami, Fla.: J.N. Chamberlain, 1921.

J.N. Chamberlain published a number of illustrated brochures for Miami, and his work also appears as individual postcards. These images, and the accompanying text, provide Chamberlain's perspective on the growth and development of Miami. The choice of subjects and the related descriptive information also reflect the social and cultural attitudes of the era.
Hay, Edgar Lee. Miami Rambles: Rambles by E.L.H.; Cover Design by Natalie Newell; Silhouettes by A.H. Harrison. Miami, Fla.?: s.n., 1921.

Written by former Miami Herald reporter, Edgar Hay, with an introduction by newspaper editor Frank Stoneman, father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, this innocuous pamphlet contains the personal reminiscences of a leading literary figure in early Miami. This humorous essay includes observations on such topics as local slang words, roosters, bathing suits, and fish.



The Avocado and the Development of Avocado Park Groves, "Where the Dollar Grows Fast." Miami: Fla.: Square Deal Land and Development Co., 1924.

This promotional effort by E.F. Hanson and the Square Deal Land and Development Company offers interested buyers the opportunity to purchase shares for $ 1.10 each, and includes extensive documentation on Avocado Park, located just west of Coral Gables, between Tamiami Trail and Bird Road.

Beautiful Miami, The Magic City. Miami, Fla.: Pictorial Centre, 1925?

  This exquisite full-color publication contains more than thirty images, including many full-page reproductions of Miami views. The City of Miami now proudly boasts more than 115 hotels and more than 300 apartment houses, to accommodate the needs of winter visitors.

Merrick, George E. Miami and the Story of Its Remarkable Growth: An Interview with George E. Merrick. Published by the New York Times. Miami, Fla.?, s.n., 1925?

This distinctive pamphlet, printed in the high style one would associate with a luxury resort community, reproduces an article that appeared in the New York Times on March 15, 1920. The article is described as an answer to "all of the criticisms and derogatory vaporings of writers who come to Miami for a brief stay and, without study or serious thought of the city's growth and spirit, attempt to belittle it before the whole country."




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