Florida Keys Postcard Shelf
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These pages are  by Jerry Wilkinson

     Congress passed the Private Mailing Card Act in May of 1898, but the "golden age" of postcards in the US began between 1905 and 1915.  To aid  in the proliferation of postcards, Eastman Kodak produced postcard-size developing paper in 1902. Today, these are known as "real photo" postcards.

     The following is a tour of the Keys from north to south using selected postcards. To read specifics of the locations, click on the "homepage" at the bottom of each page and go to the "Reading Room" and choose from the index.
     There are two vehicle routes to enter the Florida Keys:
1)  From Florida City on highway US 1 take the left route to enter via the Card Sound Bridge (toll), or
2)  Continue straight on US 1 to enter via Cross Key and the Jewfish Creek Bridge.

- Key of Key Largo -
(Single CLICK on any image to enlarge, then BACK to continue the tour.)

     The tour begins entering north Key Largo from the mainland across the Card Sound Bridge which opened in 1969 after being inoperative for 25 years. Key Largo is about 26 miles long and is the largest Key.
     The now almost completely built-out private Ocean Reef Club (ORC) as it appeared by an aerial photographer circa 1963. The creek in the upper right is Dispatch Creek.
      The opening of an airport in 1956 made the ORC more accessible, however, the new Card Sound Bridge in 1969 was a larger boost. 
     The ORC neighbor of the Angler's Club began as a business in 1932 when used as a part of the Roney Year Round Clubs.

The Angler's Club formed as a private club in the 1940s. 
     The original 1928 Overseas Highway passed over a wooden Card Sound Bridge and onto Key Largo by today's CR 905. The Key Inn was a few miles north of today's junction of CR 905 and US 1 on Key Largo.
      Mabel Harris of Illinois purchased the above Key Inn and operated it as Mabel's Place.
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