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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Hialeah: 1939

Hialeah: 1939

February 1939. "Horse races, Hialeah Park, Miami." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Some Like it Hot

Compare this pic with the scene in "Some Like it Hot", where the band arrives in Florida, with all the old millionaires lined up in their rocking chairs. I think Billy Wilder got it right!

Hialeah

I lived right by there about 5 years ago. The Park is still there, and at one time, some years back, people thought about making it into the new Marlins Stadium, but unimaginative politicians decided to just build a ballpark elsewhere....

Miami 1939

I guess Florida has always been for fogies.

Either everybody bet on the wrong horse ...

... or the Sourpuss convention was in town.

 
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