Vintage Postcard – Indian Creek Miami Beach
As magnificent hotels glow against the evening sky they reflect a festival of lights in the dark waters of Indian Creek, Miami Beach, Florida.
Color Photo by H.W. Hannau
Florida Natural Color, Inc., 101 N.W. 176th St., Miami 69, Fla.
Koppel Color Cards, Hawthorne, N.J.
This lovely vintage postcard was mailed May 24, 1963 Using a 5-cent blue Monroe stamp to Miss Florence Hertler, 1100 N. La Salle St, Chicago 10, Ill. It reads:
As it gets nearer 9:30am the slimmer the message. Sugar so good. Go to Sarasota Saturday weather accommodations meetings etc very satisfactory Love Eleanor
Kind of a cryptic message, no? But the message on the card itself is like poetry.
From Wikipedia: “Indian Creek is a partly natural and partly man-made waterway in the city of Miami Beach, Florida, United States. It starts as a man-made canal where Biscayne Bay meets Lincoln Road, and runs along Dade Boulevard, forming the boundary between South Beach and the rest of the city. At 24th street the canal opens into the natural waterway and continues north through the city past Allison Island where it opens into Biscayne Bay, till 71st Street where it merges with Normandy and Tatum Waterways and is no longer called Indian Creek.”
1100 N La Salle in Chicago is a lovely old apartment building. A one-bed, one-bath rents for $1,260 a month today. Here’s their website, if you’re interested. It does have photos of the place, and one even has a cat on the bed.
Here’s some interesting information. Florence Margaret Hertler, and her partner Alice Chellberg, were recorded as living on La Salle Street in the 1940 census. Florence was 35 and Alice was 32. They both had attended college. In fact, Florence graduated from the University of Michigan in 1928. Want to see?
That’s from her yearbook. Alice went to the University of Illinois, and she is listed as a graduate student in their yearbook; there is a group photo but I can’t seem to figure out which one she is. Alice moved in with Florence sometime between 1935 and 1940. Florence was a receptionist at a doctor’s office and Alice was a lawyer! In February 1953, the Southeast Economist published an article about a talk she was giving:
Florence returned to Ann Arbor at some point and passed away in 1993. Alice died in 1984.
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