Lakeland celebrates the history of one of central Florida's most scenic cities. The small town that encompasses dozens of lakes was perfectly named in 1883, and grew to include an eclectic mix of downtown buildings, elegant hotels, roadways, handsome parks, and picturesque neighborhoods. By mid-century, Lakeland had grown to support small industries, churches, several schools, an airport, and two small colleges, one of which features the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
About the Author
Authors Mary M. Flekke and Randall M. MacDonald are senior librarians at Florida Southern College, with a combined 42 years there. Hundreds of Lakeland-area postcards were published during the early 20th century, advertising the young city's charm. Bountiful fishing, posh golf and country clubs, active rail and air service, and changes in architecture, transportation, and fashion are all featured in these vintage postcards from library collections and the authors' personal collections.