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St. Petersburg and the Florida Dream 1888-1950

Arsenault, Raymond *SIGNED*

ISBN 10: 0898657407 / ISBN 13: 9780898657401
Published by Donning Co., 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Beautiful copy, unfortunately no dust jacket. Limited edition #979, signed book plate laid in. Map of St. Petersburg endpapers. Beautiful copy. Bookseller Inventory # 514032

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Title: St. Petersburg and the Florida Dream 1888-...

Publisher: Donning Co.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Limited Edition

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"St Petersburg and the Florida Dream, 1888-1950" chronicles the early history of St Petersburg and the lower Pinellas Peninsula. From the pre-Columbian culture of the Tocobanga mound-builders to the arrival of the railroad, from the St Petersburg-Havana yacht races to the tin-can tourists of the first stirrings of the Sunbelt phenomenon following World War II, this text presents a tapestry of the area. A forerunner of the modern Sunbelt city, early St Petersburg successfully mixed southern and northern cultures and used vigorous public relations to promote itself. By the mid-20th century, the "Sunshine City" had developed into one of the most important resort communities in the United States, a self-styled subtropical playground that stood tantalisingly apart from the main-stream of urban America. Before the age of expressways, heat pumps, fast-food restaurants, and suburban shopping malls, local life revolved around institutions and traditions long associated with the "Florida Dream" - the centuries-old promise of perpetual warmth, health, comfort, and leisure. Arsenault describes these institutions and many of the personalities that enlivened them - Doc Webb, William Straub, Al Lang, Frank Davis, Handsome Jack Taylor, Katherine Bell Tippetts, and others, whose activities contributed to the distinctive and colourful history of St Petersburg.

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