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17 Photos That Show What Old Fort Lauderdale Was Really Like

The evolution of Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area, as seen through a series of photos from the 1910s to the late 1970s.

Beach babes

Not unlike today’s beachgoers, two women enjoy a day of swimming at the beach – date unknown. 

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South Methodist Church, pre-hurricane

South Methodist Church in 1917. The church was demolished by the hurricane of 1926.

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Early school bus

Broward County’s first school bus – date unknown.

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Broward County’s original courthouse

Broward County’s original courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale, shown in 1929. In June of 2012, construction of a new courthouse, also in downtown Fort Lauderdale, was approved.

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The old Governor’s Club Hotel

The Governor’s Club Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard, circa 1939. The hotel stood vacant for more than a decade until it was demolished in 1995.

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Tin Can Tourists

Hollywood Beach camp on the oceanfront. An integral part of Florida’s history centers around its Tin Can Tourism in the 1950s and '60s, in which tourists settled in early trailer parks to vacation. Modern day Tin Can Tourists are a club of people passionate about model vintage trailers and motor coaches like the ones pictured here.

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Pool party

South Floridians enjoy a day poolside in 1953.

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School rivarly

In 1955, Florida Seminole Harry Jumper painted a canoe that would go to the winner of the Florida – Miami football game. 

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On the pier

Yachts docked at the Pier 66 Marina in Fort Lauderdale in 1960.

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Las Olas Boulevard bridge

Early photo of east Las Olas bridge along Florida Highway A1A, 1958. 

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The Orange Bowl

Considered a landmark, the Miami Orange Bowl stood from 1936 to 2008 and was the home stadium for the Miami Hurricanes college football team in addition to hosting the professional Miami Dolphins for their first 21 seasons. Here it is shown during a game in the 1950s. The Orange Bowl was demolished in 2008 and replaced in 2012 with Marlins Park, the home of the Miami Marlins.

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Elbo Room

The Elbo Room during filming of the 1960s film "Where the Boys Are."

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"Where the Boys Are"

On Las Olas Boulevard during the 1960s filming of "Where the Boys Are."

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A band performing at the Lago Mar seaside resort in 1967 or 1968. 

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Flipper the dolphin and a woman shake hands in 1966. The show ran from 1964 to 1968. 

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Swimming in the '60s

Six women enjoy a Fort Lauderdale community swimming pool in 1967. 

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100 Workdays

State legislator and 38th governor Bob Graham working road construction with Triple R Paving during his 1978 series of 100 “workdays,” in which he created campaign publicity by experiencing the lives of ordinary Floridians by working their jobs. He ended up working 408 days throughout his tenure as governor.

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