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Nemo on the Tomoka: 1890s

Nemo on the Tomoka: 1890s

Florida circa 1890s. "Boating on the Tomoka." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


The Sirens of Florida

Had a stricter dress code than their Greek counterparts although the lead Siren seems to be ready to show a little scandalous ankle.

A modern Odysseus passes the island of the sirens.

Unfortunately, this time it seems as though the crew has decided to pay a visit.

Mirror Image

Hey guys, if you look at the reflection you can almost see her ankles!

Finding Nemo

I wonder if Disney's designers found photos of the Nemo when they were putting the Adventureland Jungle Cruise together. The resemblance is pretty striking.

S.S. Alligator

A nice selection of mascots aboard. I suppose they're full of holes. And thank goodness you don't need a stack of firewood anymore to take your launch out on the river.

Then and Now

That's Florida, but could easily be a scene from "The African Queen." I'm guessing someone from the 1890s wouldn't even recognize the Tomoka today.

[Below, the Tomoka today. - Dave]

Looking for Kate

I swear, that's Humprey Bogart guiding the African Queen.

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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