Orlando Groceries and Food in the 1970s

Oh, hello Richard Deacon, character actor of such classics as “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. I had no idea you were a television chef. Was this before or after you were in “The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood”? Answer: It was before. I found a stack of “Orlando Sentinel” Food sectionals from the early 1970s, loaded with adds for local restaurants, grocery...

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Then and Now Orlando – Citrus Bowl (408 and John Young Parkway)

Here’s another Then and Now aerial photo-set. This time we look at the area near the East-West Expressway (408) and John Young Parkway, near the Citrus Bowl. Click on the photos for larger versions. The first photo is from 1947. Interesting to note that the football and baseball fields were already in place, albeit under more primitive conditions. Here’s the area in 2009. Photo credits: University of Florida Aerial...

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Then and Now Orlando – Colonial and Bumby

I’ve been scouring some aerial photography archives for interesting comparison subjects. I love ‘then and now’ comparisons. This set illustrates the changes to the area around Colonial Drive (State Road 50) and Bumby Avenue in Orlando since the 1950s. Click on the photos for larger versions. Here’s the area in 1954. This was actually before the Colonial Plaza was built. Also note that what is currently the back...

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