Greetings from Sarasota , Florida: Bradenton and Surrounding Communities

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The resort towns of Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, are traced back to the early twentieth century through 375 postcard images. Revisit the early days of Ringling Bros. Circus, tour Sarasota Jungle Gardens, visit Asolo Theater, and sail the Sarasota Bay. Relive the grandeur of the Hotel Sarasota. Ride along the Tamiami Trail to Sunshine Skyway Bridge or the Manatee River Bridge and stop at surrounding communities Sebring, Venice, and Anna Marie Island. This colorful book has something for residents and tourists ...

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The resort towns of Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, are traced back to the early twentieth century through 375 postcard images. Revisit the early days of Ringling Bros. Circus, tour Sarasota Jungle Gardens, visit Asolo Theater, and sail the Sarasota Bay. Relive the grandeur of the Hotel Sarasota. Ride along the Tamiami Trail to Sunshine Skyway Bridge or the Manatee River Bridge and stop at surrounding communities Sebring, Venice, and Anna Marie Island. This colorful book has something for residents and tourists alike. Dates and values of the historic, hand-colored images are a valuable resource for postcard collectors worldwide.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780764332135
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/14/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,438,428
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

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    Greetings from Sarasota, Florida by Donald D. Spencer: a Fun, Historical, Visual Read for Tourists, Collectors, and Others

    In this generously- illustrated (375 color images) publication, the base of which was formed from the author’s postcard, photograph, and memorabilia collections, Spencer (Ph.D., Computer Science), a renowned educator and writer, who has written over 200 books, many of which pertain to Florida, takes readers on a predominantly visual tour of Sarasota, Bradenton, and their surrounding communities. In the preface and part one of four, Spencer covers the early history of postcards, Florida, and the Sarasota-Bradenton area. In parts two and three, each of which is comprised of three chapters and forms the heart of the book, the author provides overviews of Sarasota and Bradenton as well as showcases their attractions, beaches, bridges, hotels, parks, public buildings, schools, streets, transportation networks, and more. Featured mostly by means of postcard reproductions and their captions, “places to go and things to do,” many of which still exist, include Braden Castle, Bradenton Beach, Cars of Yesterday (now the Sarasota Classic Car Museum), Circus Hall of Fame, De Soto National Memorial, The Gamble Plantation, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Winter Quarters, Lido Beach, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota High School (the future home of the Sarasota Museum of Art), Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Siesta Key Beach, and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. In part four, consisting of six very short chapters, averaging three pages each, Spencer sets forth descriptions and images pertaining to nearby communities, not limited to Anna Marie Island, Arcadia, Punta Gorda, Sebring, and Venice. Postcard reproductions are captioned, with their dates and values also noted, thereby making this a valuable resource for collectors. Of interest to general readers, residents, tourists, collectors, and others, this colorful, nicely-presented book, with a bibliography, index, and more, belongs in public and special libraries--C. A. Lajos

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