We have lived in the Tampa Bay area, and continue to visit St. Petersburg today on road trips to Florida.
It was a while back, but we fondly recall our visits to St. Petersburg attractions and restaurants.
Being young and new to Florida, we took lots of road trips exploring cities and attractions in all directions. We picked up shells at Sanibel Island, and visited St. Armand's Key in Sarasota, Cypress Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, and Daytona Beach. We dined at the Original Oyster Bar in St. Petersburg on South 34th Street and the Kapok Tree in Clearwater. We walked the beaches at Fort DeSoto Park. It was a thrill to watch the Apollo 14 launch at Cape Canaveral.
So .... What was St. Petersburg like in its earlier years, as residents and visitors enjoyed its temperate climate and unique architecture? What did all the restaurants, motels and public buildings look like when they were new? What did the traveling public experience? We wonder such things when we travel back to St. Petersburg today.
Those earlier times in the 1930s, 40s and 50s were not always captured on film. But the use of colorful postcards was common in those decades. These portray St. Petersburg and its architecture in past times and help us to visualize, and appreciate, "earlier times" as we visit the area today. Included below a sampling of our collection of vintage travel postcards dealing with St. Petersburg in its earlier years.
We have also included travel resources for the area today, and links to more St. Petersburg area resources.