Coral Gables Memory Joins SSDN!

The Sunshine State Digital Network is happy to announce the inclusion of over 1,800 records from Coral Gables Memory now discoverable in DPLA. Coral Gables Memory is a collection of materials documenting the history, culture, architecture, and people of Coral Gables Florida. Materials in this collection have been provided by the Coral Gables Historical Resources Department, the Coral Gables City Clerk’s Office, and the Florida International University Libraries. A focal point of this collection is the Historical Resources Department’s Kerdyk Real Estate donation, consisting of over 5,000 photographs, which document homes and business structures from the 1940s, grouped together by street name. Other materials include legislative minute books, published works, postcards, photo albums, and more.

Two of the most highly accessed items in this collection are photo albums depicting daily life in Coral Gables during the 1920s.

Miami 1920’s photo album

Miami 1920’s photo album II

 

Here is a small sample of some of the great photographs included in their collection:

 

Left: A photograph of Jackie Ott the Aqua Tot and Johnny Weissmuller (before he was Tarzan) at the Venetian Pool

 

Right: Annette Kellerman dressed as mermaid at the Venetian Pool

Annette Kellerman was a professional swimmer, vaudeville performer, film actress, and writer from Australia. Kellerman was also known for being the first women to wear a one-piece bathing suit.

Bathing beauty contest winners at the Venetian Pool

In November of 1942, The Miami-Biltmore Hotel and Country Club was turned over to the United States of America for use as a hospital that opened in March of 1943. In 1946 the hotel became an Army general hospital and the Veterans Administration (VA) took over in July of 1947. The VA Hospital was closed in 1968 with ownership eventually being transferred to the City of Coral Gables in 1973.

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Mamie Eisenhower (center) and General Dwight D. Eisenhower at Pratt General Hospital, former Biltmore Hotel. Coral Gables, Florida

Right: General Dwight D. Eisenhower with patients at the pool area of Pratt General Hospital, former Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida

We encourage you to take a look at the wonderful resources now available from Coral Gables Memory in DPLA through their partnership with the SSDN.

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