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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Open Range: 1939

Open Range: 1939

January 1939. "Typical Florida country near Moore Haven." Or should that be Moo Haven? Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

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Open Range, soon to end

"On June 7, 1949, the Governor of Florida, Fuller Warren, approved Senate Bill No. 34, which required owners of livestock to prevent their animals from “running at large or straying upon public roads.”

See this.

Still rural and out of the tourism mainstream

In that part of central Florida, it's still typical.

Bovine Heaven

My parents lived in central Florida for a short time about 65 years ago (just before I was born back up in Ohio!). My mother told me that it was mostly cattle country back then in the pre-Disney days so this kind of thing probably was very typical.

As they say

"The grass is always greener on the other side."

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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