Now available from St. Petersburg Press, Vintage St. Pete: The Golden Age of Tourism – and More is a different kind of local history book.
A compilation of 22 stories from the Vintage St. Pete series in the St. Pete Catalyst, it profiles the pre-Disney era tourist attractions that brought millions of visitors to St. Petersburg, from Sunken Gardens and the Aquatarium to the MGM Bounty exhibit and the London Wax Museum.
Readers will learn about the gone-but-never forgotten Manhattan Casino, Webb’s City, Boyd Hill Nature Trail and Bayfront Center, and discover places from the mid 20th century they might not have ever heard about such as the Earl Gresh Wood Parade, the St. Pete Operetta and the Marine Arena, aka John’s Pass Aquarium. There’s a complete history of the St. Pete Pier, too.
Lavishly illustrated with more than 120 photographs, many in full color, Vintage St. Pete: The Golden Age of Tourism – and More is divided into four sections – Tourist Attractions, History, Entertainment & Fun and the Movies.
The latter section goes behind the scenes as Ron Howard films Cocoon and Robert Altman lenses H.E.A.L.T.H. in the city. Another chapter explores Sun Haven Studios, a Weedon Island film company that produced three features in the early 1930s.
Click the arrow above to watch as Daytime veteran Cyndi Edwards interviews author Bill DeYoung about the book – there are dozens of photos interspersed throughout the interview.
Vintage St. Pete: The Golden Age of Tourism – and More is available from stpetersburgpress.com (with a shipping option), and starting Feb. 1 at Tombolo Books, Pier Gear and Gifts and the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
London Wax Museum
Capone, the Babe & the Gangplank
Earl Gresh Wood Parade
Boyd Hill Nature Trail
Fort De Soto and Fort Dade
Marilyn Monroe & Joe Dimaggio
Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
ENTERTAINMENT & FUN
The Manhattan Casino
The Operetta and the Music Circus
Gay Blades Roller Rink
Dr. Paul Bearer
Sun Haven Studios