Friday, June 5, 2009

Vintage Florida Tourist Brochures - or Wish You Were Here

I had lots of fun going through a big package of vintage tourist brochures and listing them! I am always happy to find these vintage brochures, especially 1950's to 1960's vintage. They make me happy because I remember fun family vacations during my childhood (a bit later, 1960's to 1970's), and I suspect other people feel the same way! The ones I just found from Florida are so neat that I had to share a few photos. Some of the attractions featured include:

  1. Lightner Museum of Hobbies in St. Augustine, Florida

  2. The Oldest House, St. Augustine, Florida

  3. Potter's Wax Museum, St. Augustine, Florida

  4. Ripley's Believe It Or Not, St. Augustine, Florida

  5. Chimp Farm, Dania, Florida

  6. Sea Zoo, Daytona, Florida

  7. See Rock City, Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Tennessee

  8. St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Florida

  9. Florida's Finest Attractions - especially nice 1955 brochure

  10. St. Augustine's Mystery House, Florida

  11. The Great Masterpiece, Lake Wales, Florida

How is that for a dream retro Florida vacation? If you could add in the Weeki Wachee Mermaids and Silver Springs with the glass bottom boats, you would be in retro travel heaven!

Here are a few of my brochures - I have about 100 more to list.*%29

Ruth Chew, Vintage Fantasy Books for Children

Ruth Chew is a wonderful (too-rarely mentioned) vintage author of fantasy books for children. She was born in 1920 in Minnesota, and moved to New York to raise her family. I believe she is still living. Her books are wonderful! Some involve time travel, and some involve magic. You can find a list of her books by publication date at Wikipedia:
I always try to keep several of her books listed in my store as well: