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Bostrom's: 1890

Bostrom's: 1890

Volusia County, Florida, circa 1890. "Bostrom's on the Halifax near Ormond." A tourist boarding house built by the town's first settlers, the Bostrom brothers. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

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True Floridian

All the folks here at the home said that its a plant pot holder

The Bosarve, on Riverside Drive.


John Andrew Bostrom is considered Ormond’s first settler, having homesteaded land with his brother Charles on the east side of the Halifax River in the late 1860s. By 1869, Bostrom observed a steady stream of visitors. To remedy the lack of tourist accommodations in the area, the Bostrom brothers and their two sisters expanded their home to make it into a boarding house. By the1880s, their hospitality had become well-known. Their venture into tourism had become a success.


The man in front of the tree appears to be levitating some object.

[It's a swing. It's a bird feeder. It's a swing AND a bird feeder! Suspended by strings from a rope. - Dave]

That's a different way --

Usually, I sse either a forked stick or a pair of bent rods!

SHORPY OLD 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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