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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Post Cards from Paradise

In the late 1940s, Florida beckoned Midwesterners with sunshine, bananas and flowers. It still does.


Dear Mom,

Red your letter today in the large envelope. Been busy to day with garage will write tonite. Chas & I are real carpenters

Love Jimmie”

January in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, gets cold and gray, and awfully bare. February’s like that too.

So good for Jimmie he headed from Shepherdsville south to Wauchula, Florida, to look for work and the sun. We came upon a half dozen post cards he sent to his mother (who’ll remain nameless), and on a frigid winter night we sat back for a voyeuristic tan.

Florida is the prime winter getaway for Kentuckians. Thanks to our friend Carolyn, we spent a delicious spring break in Naples one March of junior high school, staying with her grandmother Mimi. Lots of folks head for Sarasota, Delray and other spots along the coasts if they can, but we’d imagine back in the late 1940s, when Jimmie made his trip, snowbirds weren’t quite so common.

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