Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Summer of '69: St Pete in Maps & Papers

Google again provided me with help in glimpsing the past of St Pete through old copies of the Evening Independent. I focused this time around on 1969. What was St Pete like forty years ago? Here are a few "then and nows."

In 1969, there was a Black Angus Steakhouse, a chain of bargain family restaurants at 1101 Pasadena Avenue South in South Pasadena. They offered a "char-broiled sirloin steak dinner" for $1.89. Such a deal.

NOW: It's a Rally gas station.


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Acme Air Conditioning Co. Inc. held shop at 2626 Central Avenue in 1969. Hey! It's still there!


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The kitschy London Wax Museum was a tourist trap on Gulf Blvd in St Pete Beach. It was torn down in the early 1980s (presumably as the place was losing money). Now it's a giant apartment building.


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