The Absolutely Essential Guide to Winter Park: The Village in the Heart of Central Florida

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Tucked near the bustling theme parks of Orlando, Florida, is a little village full of history with a lovely name:  Winter Park, Florida.  From its museums to its old-fashioned Central Park--complete with train station--to its chic Park Avenue filled with shops and restaurants, Winter Park is a delightful day trip away from the artificial and into the genuine of Florida's past and present. The Absolutely Essential Guide to Winter Park is a 129-page guide to the little town's history, world-class museums, and delightful destinations, including the Scenic Boat Tour--one of the few genuine eco-tours available in any Florida town.  This book is a must read for anyone coming to Central Florida, or any family considering Rollins College for their student.  Featuring vintage postcards of Winter Park, the guide is as lovely as the town and is something you'll want to read, enjoy, and share with friends and family.

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Vintage postcards capture little moments in time of our history, and none do it better than those produced for exotic Florida, where travelers began spending the winter in the late nineteenth century.  When I discovered several Central Florida collectors and their stashes of vintage Winter Park postcards, I was determined to share them with a wider audience.  Those postcards became the illustrations that made this little guide such a success.  It is a book to use as a guide and something pretty enough to set on your coffee table--the perfect combination of form and function that brings Florida's past and present together.  I hope you will enjoy its glimpse into Florida old and new.

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"Winter Park has been a winter resort since the day it was founded, as you will learn in this book, so it has hosted quite a few vacationers over the years.  What is one of the things people do on vacation, besides relax?  They send postcards to their families and friends, especially if they themselves are in the sunshine and their families and friends are not, to let them know that they are 'having a wonderful time' and 'wish you were here.'  Which leads me to the postcards used in this book.  Many of them are more than a century old, and I've used them to show Winter Park through the years in as many places as possible.  Each postcard says a lot about Winter Park and Florida history, from the pictures people have chosen to send, to the postcards that companies have chosen to produce through the years.  These postcards are little pieces of our culture as well as examples of visual art and slices of our history.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.  My grateful thanks to Mr. Rick Frazee and Mr. Russell Hughes for loaning me cards from their collections."

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