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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 477 pages
  • Publisher: Castle (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555212255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555212254
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Bart Scovill on September 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A collection of newspaper articles about the state of Florida from the turn of the last century. This is a excellent method of presenting a detailed and varied look at what originally drew people to this state. It's also a poignant look at what the increased population of the state has caused. One article mentions fishermen being able to spot turtles swimming along the bottom of Sarasota Bay while today visibility in the same bay is often measured in terms of inches instead of feet. Of course, there were many different view points at the time as well. Some of the articles are clearly written with conservationist overtones while others discuss the entertainment of shooting unlimited numbers of animals while traveling the state's waterways. Whatever your viewpoint, this is a very entertaining trip in time to Old Florida.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dayle Lewandowski on December 6, 2000
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This is a great collection of magazine articles documenting trips and moves to Florida dating from the late 1800's to the early 1900's. I found it fascinating reading about the wilderness this state was only a century ago.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alexander on November 14, 2010
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As the description says, this is a collection of newspaper and magazine articles that illustrate life in Southern Florida in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. The quality of writing in most of these articles is amazing. Most read like a Hemingway short story (without the usually grim endings, however) full of lush imagery and wonderful tales of fishing, sailing, and hiking through the wilderness.

There are stories that talk of Native Americans, old towns, near-deadly storms, and of relaxing rides down the Indian River. Having lived in Florida quite a few years ago this book took me back to the natural world that Florida was first known for (before Disney World and the night-life of Miami).

Also, the book is peppered with wonderful illustrations (mostly drawings but some photographs) that add more life to the book.

I totally recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in Florida.

5/5

Also recommended: Florida Poems
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda Peterson-Schmidt on July 21, 2010
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If you love reading history of things that happened a long time ago this is a wonderful book. It describes the real Florida by a person who experienced it. Definately worth buying and reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GANAGIRL on May 30, 2014
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I purchased my copy in Fort Jefferson while on a trip to the Florida Keys several years ago.
I love this book so much, that I purchased this copy as a gift for a friend.
If you grew up in South Florida....you will love this book. It is a compilation of short stories and actual articles from days long gone by...wonderful pictures from the late 1800's and early 1900's of old Florida.
I keep it on my bedside table...several of the stories/articles I have read more than once.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. G. COX on June 12, 2014
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I wanted to read about experiences of early settlers in Florida; however, this book is a compilation of articles published in travel or sport magazines.

The engravings and ink drawings along with early B&W photos are nearly worth the price of the book. I did find backgrounds on some Florida pioneers that were what I'd hoped for so I'm changing my rating of the book to 4 stars.
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By Albert Livingston on December 27, 2012
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This book is a collection of articles published around the turn of the century. The collection of articles provides a factual narrative of life in Florida and covers a wide range of subject matter. While Tales of Old Florida is a good historical resource, I found the articles to be somewhat dry and to further detract from the read, font is small and tedious.
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By Suellen on September 12, 2014
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I didn't realize that it would be articles written back in the day, i.e. 1880's and early 1900's. I love the illustrations showing old Florida, but find it hard to read the articles because of the style of writing for that time. However, if one were a serious history buff, then this would be fascinating reading.
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