Monday, May 16, 2011

Florida History: 1915 Palm Beach - lowest death rate in America

Palm Beach Post Jan. 13, 1915, p. 35
Palm Beach
 “Most Beautiful and Most Fashionable Winter Resort in America”

The advertisement in the Palm Beach Post by Henry Flagler (pictured above) in 1915 would leave most of us chuckling today. Below are Palm Beach "selling points" expected to appeal to Americans at the time:
  • Located 500 miles south of Jacksonville on the beautiful and healthful East Coast.
  • Lowest death rate in America
  • Tropical foliage in the heart of the pineapple growing section. Oranges cocoanuts, grape fruit, vegetables, fish, oysters
  • Unrivaled for aquatic sports, motor boat speeding, canoeing, boating, bathing, golf
  • Smooth, firm roads for automobiling … cycle wheel chairs with attendants
  • Excellent railway and steamship traveling facilities to and from all parts of the United States
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Note: "Wheelchair cycles" mentioned were standard recreational travel around town then, similar to what is seen on Fort Lauderdale beach today: passengers in a chair being pulled by a bicycle rider.






Tags: Florida history, Palm Beach history, tourism history, Florida in the early 1900s 

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