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On a warm September evening in 1953, townspeople flocked to the city’s sidewalks outside a radio and TV shop at 666 Central Ave. to watch the sets though the windows. To the annoyance of some pedestrians — and the chief of police — some even moved St. Petersburg’s famous green benches around so they could nestle in and get a better view. In 1950, 255 St. Petersburg households reported having a TV, according to Census records. By 1960, that number was up to 55,209, and more than 4,500 reported having two or more sets. It would be decades, though, before the remote control would spark the couch potato era.

CENTRAL AVENUE, 1953

On a warm September evening in 1953, townspeople flocked to the city’s sidewalks outside a radio and TV shop at 666 Central Ave. to watch the sets though the windows. To the annoyance of some pedestrians — and the chief of police — some even moved St. Petersburg’s famous green benches around so they could nestle in and get a better view. In 1950, 255 St. Petersburg households reported having a TV, according to Census records. By 1960, that number was up to 55,209, and more than 4,500 reported having two or more sets. It would be decades, though, before the remote control would spark the couch potato era.

What do you do with a million photographs, dated, captioned and filed carefully away? You put them on the Internet, of course. With the help of Rogers Photo Archive's services, the Tampa Bay Times is digitizing its extensive photography collection. The collection consists of photos by Times staffers as well as wire service, family and publicity photos. It primarily covers the period from the late 1930s to the late 1980s, with a few from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Soon a new blog will launch featuring these memory-lane gems and, each month, Floridian will share one here as well.

Opening up our photo archives 12/01/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7:21pm]
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