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Fashion Ahoy!! [1974]

Fashion Ahoy!! [1974] #sailfish #dress #florida #style #fashion #oldgoldfiltered #filmisnotdead

There is no end to the gems which unearth themselves from the Florida archives!

As it always seems to be, this 1974 fashion shot from Roy Erickson caught my eye as I was searching for something else.  That is one happy Sailfish, with small waves below it to soften its massive leap across her skirt.  The material in her dress appears to be identical to some of the shirts I wore during Junior High – slick, shiny and snaggy.  I’m sure there’s a name for it, but the word escapes me right now.

We can just call it “Disco Denim.”

Beach Time! [1960s]

Beach Time!

Here in the Pacific Northwest it’s still cold and wintery. It’s the little things – like this warm sunny picture – that keep us going around here 🙂

Fifties Fashion

A fashion model standing against tree trunk poses for a photo

Courtesy of the Florid State Archives come these stylish shots of models taken in 1958 and 1959. Gloves and pencil-thin cuts were the thing of the day! There is something timeless about this look.

Elnita modeling fashion in the Ancient Spanish Monastery: North Miami Beach, Florida

A fashion model in dress poses by column at Ancient Spanish Monastery: North Miami Beach, Florida

Happy Hubba Hubba Holidays! [1962]


Wouldn’t you rather be at a warm beach for the Holidays?

Meriam De Shazo and Kenna Morris sure did in this Florida promo from 1962!  Here they decorate a Christmas Tree on a Pensacola beach in Florida in this photo by Jim Stokes.

Three Models Agree: “Miami Beach is Out Of Sight” [1970]

Old tourism films are really a step into an alternate universe.

They portray the world that the marketers wanted you to believe as truth, and while the real thing was probably fairly close – let’s face it – marketing has a tendency to stretch the facts.  Such is the case, I’m sure, with this promotional film done in 1970 for Miami Beach, Florida:  Color Me Fun – “One place where colors and people best come together.”  Film work includes ample use of hand-held cameras, unique camera angles, and plenty of ornate pseudo-classic fixtures backed by fuzzy wallpaper inlaid with gold.  In short, the Tourist Development Authority of Miami Beach wanted you to imagine being part of a Chick-filled, Chivas-fueled weekend with Tiger Tom.

Today, the city’s official Visitor Page is much more subdued and – honestly – not quite as interesting.

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One Island Has It All!

Color Me Fun is narrated by three young models with different viewpoints – in voices that are obviously dubbed.  In common late 60s form, each of them is known only by their “color” instead of by their name (which is provided in the ending credits):

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“I’m Red. I love.”

Model Julia Hayes is the passionate one who finds enjoyment in the surroundings and nightlife.

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“I’m Yellow. I groove.”

Model Diane Squires is the everyday traveler on a budget. While the others indulge their appetites on fancy fare, Yellow chews on pizza and sandwiches.

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“I’m Blue. I appreciate.”

Model Joan Murphy is the one who lives high and travels far.  She calls the mansions in town “cottages,” speaks with an unidentifiable accent, and uses words like “Divertisment” in place of “Entertainment.”

The Color Girls navigate us through the streets and buildings of Miami Beach, sharing food, entertainment, sports, recreation; this shining beacon of marketing flash is touched by the Florida sun and punctuated by an upbeat groovy soundtrack which includes Keith Mansfield’s Funky Fanfare, an instrumental that is also used as the theme song for Animal Planet’s Pit Boss.  Manfield’s Gold Medal was also used.  The dialogue is peppered with Sixtyisms that describe things as “where it’s at,” “groovy,” “far out,” and “now.”

Gotta admit that it beats “ginormous” or “epic.”

Blue starts the show, pulling up to the attended parking at a swanky restaurant, and promptly visiting the kitchen to show wear all the magic is done.  “Most people – whereEVER they live – are content with…Hamburger, she proclaims with smug physical punctuation. “But,” Blue continues, “when they come to Miami Beach everything changes.”  Yellow orders a corned beef sandwich, happy with the notion that she orders and it  arrives.

“Imagine what kind of service I’d get if I knew someone!”

Meanwhile Red is at the oldest restaurant in Miami Beach eating Stone Crab – “Cold…or in Hot.  Melted. Butter,” she proclaims with a half smile.

“It may not be elegant, but it’s out of sight.”

I’ve collected some screen shots from the film and posted them in this blog.  Each one tells a story stuck in time.

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“We’ll shoot into the sun and have the family run past us to the shore.  That technique is so new and now that people will think that Miami Beach is the grooviest place on earth!  Right?”

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Have no idea what they just put on the table, but I suspect that won’t matter if enough Chianti is consumed.

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Where colors and people blur into a cool-hued homage to Vegas…

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Yellow: “Groovy place…groovy people too.”

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Red: “This is too much!”

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Cruising Highway 1A northbound.

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Looking north along the Atlantic Ocean.   Scenery has changed a bit in last 40+ years.

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Blue: “Next year’s fashions come here first.”

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Red cheers on the ponies.  “Go Number Two!”

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Blue: “You know I’ve been everywhere.  The In Islands, the Out Islands.  Anywhere that counts.”

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Yellow: “If I can catch fish here, anyone can!”

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What visit to Southern Florida would be complete without a rocket?  This one was put into space with less computer processing power than my Smart Phone…

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Red: “Miami Beach is Today, and so is the State of Florida.”

Below is a Youtube excerpt from the 13-minute film, which is also available in full HERE.  It may not have been a real depiction of Miami Beach, but it sure was real entertaining.  Enjoy!

Tom Jones in Florida [1972]

Tom Jones, second from left, stands with band members for a group portrait: Fort Lauderdale, Florida between February and May 1972. Didn’t know they made shrink-wrap pants back then…

This 8×10 was taken by Roy Erickson, a professional photographer in the Ft. Lauderdale area affiliated with the Best of Broward magazine for over 10 years. His photo collection on Flickr is like a vacation to Retroville!

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