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Spring Break: 1941

Spring Break: 1941

March 5, 1941. "Raleigh Hotel, Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida. Pool from center. L. Murray Dixon, architect." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

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Cool Man

davidk, yes it does get cold enough. I have been in Miami when it was 32F (0 C). We even had snow here in Orlando a few years ago (well I could see it against a streetlight, but of course it did not stick)!


When I see these semi-tropical pictures of palm trees and sunbathers and guys on the diving board, I always wonder why in the world my grandmother would take her mink wrap down to Miami Beach. (Wrap: bigger than stole, smaller than coat.) Was it ever cool enough for her to wear it without melting down?

I can recognize those legs anywhere

That's Betty Grable sunbaking poolside.

The Wild Blue Yonder

In 1942 most of those hotels and were taken over by the US Army Air Corps to house and train GIs. I believe the Raleigh was one of them. Pretty good duty station.


was the year that I, as a 11 year old growing up in Miami Beach, would sneak in to the pool area for free weenie roasts on Fridays. There was also a neat Buckaroo pin ball machine in the sundry shop, three games for a quarter. Good old days when the neighborhood was nice, clean and slow going.

The Raleigh back in the day

From LIFE magazine, December 29, 1947.

Classy Hotel

Wow. Looks like a great place; still there with the pool area apparently intact.

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