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West Palm: 1910

West Palm: 1910

West Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1910. "Beach Club." Subtropical South Florida, splashed in a riotous rainbow of grays. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.


Great palm trees!

I wish I was there! Actually, I am inspired to submit the pic of my grandfather as a baby and his aunt in Pass Christian, MS in 1915 because I want to be in your picture in West Palm wearing her white dress.


You can almost feel the heat and humidity.

Reality check

Every time I see a picture like "the pie eaters" and start dreaming about how wonderful it would be to live in the early 20th century, I see a picture like this which shows that there were still many Americans who were considered to be inferior because of the color of their skin. Very few pictures of anyone not white having a good time, but plenty of them doing things for white people and, I'm sure, getting paid very little for it. Overall, I guess my multiracial family and I are glad to be here now.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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