St. Pete Beach Public Library

The St. Pete Beach Public Library collection has been created in partnership with the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum and the University of South Florida.

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Avenue from Egan's perspective
An image of Corey Avenue showing five different shops on the strip during the 1930's. It's from the perspective of Egan's Nautical Bar and Grill. The streets shows four cars of the era parked out front of the various shops.
avenue from Moore's Beach Sundries perspective
A black and white photo showing the intersection of Corey Avenue and Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach, around the year 1950. Visible across the intersection is Moore's Beach Sundries. In the background are the Beach Theater, Annabel's Fashions, and Egan's Bar.
15th annual tarpon roundup
A pamphlet advertising the 15th annual tarpon roundup, a fishing competition in St. Petersburg Florida held from May 1 to July 15 1949. Grand prize was $15,000.
1939 Don Ce-Sar Beach Hotel Valentine's Day Dinner Menu
Menu used during Valentine's Day Dinner at the Don CeSar Beach Hotel in Pass-A-Grille Beach, Fla. on Tuesday, February 14, 1939. The menu is double-sided, tan in color, and is printed on with red ink. Course selections include appetizers, soups, relishes, entrees, meats, vegetables, salads, and desserts. Some dishes are themed for the occasion, such as "Sweety Pie" listed under desserts.
A church will grow here
A newspaper clipping glued to a piece of thin cardboard backing. The paper is yellowed and creased from the drying of the glue. The article, entitled, “A Church Will Grow Here,” is from page 14-B of the St. Petersburg Times, published July 14, 1958. The article includes an image of six men observing as a seventh man uses a shovel to break ground on the site of the new Pass-a-Grille Community Church. The text below the image reads: "Ground was broken yesterday for a new Pass-a-Grille Community Church building on 16th Avenue across from Washington Park in St. Petersburg Beach. Watching Dr. George L. Greene, pastor, turn the first spadeful of earth are, from left, Paul Baker, church moderator; Winfield Loft, architect; Jack Montgomery, educational superintendent; Marvin Francis, chairman of board of trustees; Marion Wooley, chairman of board of deacons; and Joe W. Cordell, executive vice president of Gulf Beach Bank."
A Florida beach
Image on the front shows a large number of people bathing in the ocean and on the sand. In the background is a beach hut bearing the letters "Treasure Island Beach". Postcard contains a handwritten message and is addressed to Mrs Pearl Caldwell, Caledonia, Ohio. Has postmark, Mar. 30, 1938.
Aerial view of oil spill at accident scene in Tampa Bay
The aerial photograph displays the water in Tampa Bay after the oil spill in August of 1993. On August 10, 1993, three vessels, the freighter Balsa 37, the barge Ocean 255, and the barge Bouchard 155, collided near the entrance of Tampa Bay, Florida. The photograph is taken near Mullet Key, the scene of the accident. In the lower half of the key, oil clumps can be seen floating on top of the water.
Aerial View of St. Petersburg Beach
A postcard from Charles P. to Mr. Wayne Richmond. Charles said, "Hi Wayne: Wish you were [here] so we could talk to the mermaids at Woe's Webbs Drug Store."
Aerial view of Sunset Beach and north St. Pete Beach
An aerial view photograph taken in 1936 from the North of St. Pete Beach and Sunset Beach. Sunset Beach is on the right while St. Pete Beach is on the left. White sand beaches are seen along the shores with dense green foliage towards the center of land. Some patterns of development can be seen. The Boca Ciega Bay is on the left while the Gulf of Mexico is on the right.
Au Trianon business card
A little yellow business card from the collection of Joan Haley that reads: “Pay a visit to Au Trianon Handembroideries Laces * Handkerchiefs Monograms to order * Tablecloths Luncheonsets Objets d’art * Tapisserie de style Lucerne *Genferhaus* Phone 2 09 20 Next to Cook’s and Cathedral Elisabeth Kaeslin” As well as two names (Phyllis and Henry) handwritten on the bottom left corner.
Avenue before development
A black and white photo of the area of Corey Avenue on St. Pete Beach before the Upham Company developed it. It shows the swamp and mangrove beaches that are native to the area.
Avenue important link in Gulf Beach development
A clipping from the Beach News section of the St. Petersburg Times in the Sunday, February 13, 1938 edition originally located on page 34.; shows an aerial image of Corey Ave. with the caption: "St. Petersburg Beach From The Air-This unusual aerial view of the beach area in the vicinity of Corey avenue give some idea of the rapid development in that section since the thoroughfare was opened a year ago today. Less than 18 months ago, practically the whole area was a mangrove waste. With development so far made by the Upham company, together with bay and gulf fills at either side of their holdings, approximately 1,000 home and business sites will be made available for future expansion.", Digitized photocopy; no edges to show
Bathing in the Gulf of Mexico in January, Pass-a-Grille Fla.
A postcard of a beach with a lady in a red dress holding a parasol with several men dressed in suits. In the background people bathe in the ocean. Caption on original reads: bathing in the Gulf of Mexico in January, Pass-A-Grill, Fla. The reverse side contains a hand written message from Teddy Roosevelt.
Bathing on S. Maderia Beach along greater Gulf Beaches
This postcard shows people relaxing on the beach and playing with dogs. On the back, Jimmy Robinson writes a letter to his father, telling him about the weather and his activities. Postmarked September 9, 1951.
Beach commercial building leased
An image showing the St. Petersburg Beach Art Gallery opening on Corey Avenue. Originally posted in a newspaper though the publishing company is unknown. It is captioned, "Corey Avenue's business center at St. Petersburg Beach got a new enterprise this month with a striking new building which has been leased for an art gallery enterprise. The structure shown above was put up by the Upham Real Estate Co. and leased for 10 years to St. Petersburg Beach Art Gallery which Arthur Trock and Morris Stone own and operate , William B. Harvard and John B. Dodd, architects here, designed the building, and Clyde J. Keys was general contractor. The store is lighted at night, and open for auctions of art and antique items."
Bee Line Ferry, Inc., St. Petersburg, Florida
Has postmark March 04, 1937 Addressed to Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Robinson, Endicott NY Front caption on original reads: "Motor Ship "Sarasota," Capacity 30 Cars. Bee Line Ferry, Inc., St. Petersburg, Florida." Publisher text on back reads: "SAVES 49 MILES. To and from east coast cities. Boats every 45 minutes in Winter and Every Hour and a Half in Summer."
Bougainvillaea Vine, Florida
Handwritten E. C. Kropp Co postcard from Jennie to L. S. Ruid detailing the progress of her vacation and health status of an unnamed third party she is in Florida with. Sent at 11 A.M on January 30th, 1934. Postcard features a printed verse, "'Bougainvillea terraced o'er the wall/A picture human eyes enthrall;/Flowering blanket of glorious hue,/Nature's gift to me and you.' From 'The Southern Garden' by William Franklin Atwood.
Buick Apollo at edge of collapsed Sunshine Skyway bridge
Photograph of Richard Hornbuckle's 1976 4-door Buick Apollo as it sits on the edge of the Skyway Bridge after the bridge's collapse on May 9, 1980.
Callaway family
The photograph was originally published in The St. Petersburg Times and features John and Grace Callaway holding a picture of their son, John H. Callaway, Jr., who died in the Sunshine Skyway Bridge collapse on May 9, 1980.
Cameo Apartments
Postcard showcasing men, women and children lounging and playing around the swimming pool of Cameo Apartments. Green trees are pictured in the background, as well as pink tropical flowers. People are floating on loungers and staying cool under umbrellas. Printed horizontally along the back of the postcard are descriptions and contact information: “Swimming Pool & Recreation Area” Cameo Apartments “On the Gulf of Mexico” 1801 Gulf Way, Pass-a-Grille Beach, Florida 33741 Phone: St. Petersburg 363-9715 Photo by Swenningsen Printed vertically along the back of the postcard is the name and address of the publisher: Pub. by Jack Swenningsen, 3831 49th Ave. No., St. Pete., Fla.

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