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We’re selling postcards featuring vintage photos of Tampa Bay’s most iconic restaurants

Here’s how you can buy them.
A collage of some postcards for our iconic restaurants list. [Times files]

To commemorate our list of Tampa Bay’s Most Iconic Restaurants, we’ve created a collection of postcards from each of the 25 spots.

Designed by our Tampa Bay Times designers using photographs from Times photographers, the vintage shots represent our dining scene throughout the decades, some dating back to the 1950s. It’s a fun look into the Times archives, and a peak into the history of our most long-running restaurants: There’s Bern Laxer stocking the Bern’s Steak House wine cellar, the Beachcomber in its early days on Clearwater Beach, a retro shot of Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish.

We debuted the postcards Jan. 30 at a happy hour event to celebrate the iconic restaurants list, and heard from restaurateurs and readers who wanted to know how they could purchase them after the fact. We’re working on even more opportunities for that, but in the near future, you can find me and other Times staffers at Localtopia.

The event Feb. 22 at St. Petersburg’s Williams Park aims to celebrate Tampa Bay’s independent businesses, and we’ll be there selling stacks of these, locally designed products featuring photographs from your local newspaper of some of the area’s most iconic spots.

$1 per postcard, or $20 for a bundle of 25. Cash or credit cards accepted.

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