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Tom reviews new Keys books

Posted Apr 16, 2014 Posted by 2 Comments

long keyFive new Keys history book were published in the past year.

Thomas Neil Knowles’ Long Key: Flagler’s Island Getaway for the Rich & Famous is published by University Press of Florida. The Long Key Camp was destroyed by the 1935 Hurricane and with it most of the records. Other have tried to write about Long Key and failed became of lack of material. Through extraordinary research, Tom Knowles  has made an exceptional contribution to Keys history with his account of how the rich and famous vacationed and fished in the Florida Keys.

Peter M. Bacle’s Trapped in Key West published by Mangrove Publishing tells the story of his family and Key West commercial fishing for lobster and the other important commercial fishing industries of the Keys.

Terry Schmida’s True Crime Stories of Key West and the Florida Keys Vol. III tells of some more of the notorious violet crimes of the past and some of lighter crimes and events. If you do not know the story of Bigfoot, the custody fight over a cat, it is a must read of a “Only In Key West Stories” that is worth the price of the book.

Jerry Wilkinson and Brad Bertelli have added Key Largo and Islamorada to the Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing. These are photograph history books of the Upper Keys, an area that has been over-looked by other writers. For sale from The Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys. (305-852-1620)


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  • Jim Bradford said:

    Hi Tom, I enjoy you posts and pictures.

    I’m a nostalgic old guy who is trying to remember all I can about my life in Key West from 1942-47. We lived in the Poinciana Housing (dad civilian welder for the Navy) and I am trying to find any pictures of them. I remember thousands of details but as always one find huge gaps!

    I have communicated with Cory McDonald but his family was a little later.

    I do have some pictures myself but they generally weren’t taken to remind me 70 years later of the lay of the land!

    Unfortunately, old school records from both the convent (pre-school for me) and Harris elementary are no longer available.

    Anyway, if you would care to share experiences perhaps you could jar my memory. Thanks, Jim Bradford

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