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MMCC President's Message
One September Event
Upcomming October Events

Dear friends and fellow members:

One September event and a plethora of upcoming OCTOBER events directly involving and relating to the Club:

This coming Friday, September 28 at 11:00 AM at Plymouth Congregational Church, 3400 Devon Road, Coconut Grove (in Davis Hall) join us for a talk and signing on the BOULEVARD OF DREAMS: A Pictorial History of El Portal, Biscayne Park, Miami Shores and North Miami

Thur October 11th, 6:45 PM, Brockway Memorial Library, 10021 Northeast Second Avenue Miami Shores for a talk and signing on the BOULEVARD OF DREAMS: A Pictorial History of El Portal, Biscayne Park, Miami Shores and North Miami

Saturday, October 13th, a gala tribute to Mitchell Kaplan and Books and Books beginning at 7:30 PM at the Miami Beach branch of the M-D Public Library, just east of Collins Avenue on 22nd St.. For info and tickets call Kathleen Murphy at (305) 895-5843

MONDAY OCTOBER 15th, beginning 6:30 PM, our monthly Miami Memorbilia Collectors Club meeting, with Miami memorabilia for show and sale and a talk by long time Miamian and historian Peter Forrest. Central Christian Church, 222 Menores Avenue (just west of Ponce de Leon; Menores is about eight or nine blocks north of Ponce)

Tuesday, October 23rd, Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus. Join us from 9:30 till 11:30AM in the bookstore at the Wolfe University Center for a signing of BOULEVARD OF DREAMS to be followed by a talk in the Biscayne Bay Campus library beginning PROMPTLY at 12:00 noon on the history of the four communities that encompass that great street from 87th Street north to 151st Street. (Library room 150: enter front of library, make first right and go through the computer room to 150).

Our NOVEMBER Memorabilia Collectors Club meeting will be on Monday evening Nov. 19th and will feature another great presentation by Larry Wiggins.

There will be other events that you will want to know about when "33154: The Story of Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Indian Creek Village and Surfside" is published and I will keep you posted on those.

Will look forward to seeing you at many of the above great events.

As always, with warmest good wishes.



Speedway to Sunshine by Seth Bramson

I have found Seth Bramson's book on the story of the Florida East Coast Railway at Edward R. Hamilton, Bookseller, BARGAIN BOOKS. Click American Railroads Page. My copy is copyright 2003, Reprinted with revisions. Third printing, January 2003. $12.95 plus $3.50 Shipping and handling, which I thought a good deal. So I pass this on for those interested. Web Master, MMCC, Miami Collector.


1907/2007 100 Years Ago This Year


This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
The year is 1907.
One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some of the U.S. Statistics for the Year 1907:


The average life expectancy in the U.S. Was 47 years old.

Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. Had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City Cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the US. , and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more Heavily populated than California .

With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st < BR>Most populous state in the Union .

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !

The average wage in the U. S. Was 22 Cents per hour.

The average U.S. Worker made between $200 and $400 per year .

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,

A dentist made $2,500 per year,

A veterinarian $1,500 per year,

And a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. Took place at HOME

Ninety percent of all U.S. Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which Were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from Entering into their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death in the U.S. Were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.
Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only 30!!!!

crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea Hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 U.S. Adults couldn't read or write.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over The counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists Said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, Regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian Of health."

There were about 230 reported Murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

Now I sent it to you and others all over the United States , Possibly the world, in a matter of just Seconds !!!!!!!!!

Just Try to imagine.....
What it may be like ....
In another 100 years !!!!!!!



Dear friends and fellow members:

Please don't forget that we will NOT meet in August, and that we will begin our '07--'08 schedule in September.

Just a few other items that may be of interest:

Signings for BOULEVARD OF DREAMS: A Pictorial History of El Portal, Biscayne Park, Miami Shores and North Miami are scheduled as follows:

August 19, Sunday, at Bagels and Co., 110th Terrace and Biscayne Blvd., 10:00 AM until 2:30 PM (signing only, no "talk")

August 22, Wednesday, at Miami Shores Country Club, Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce, luncheon, talk on the history of the Boulevard of Dreams and signing

September: Signings at North Miami Public Library and Miami Shores Public Library, dates to follow.

We will look forward to seeing you on Monday evening, SEPTEMBER 20th. Neither Phil nor I have Monday night classes this term so I expect us both to be at all meetings. Cesar Becerra has rejoined and will be our speaker--hopefully--in January. As you know, it looks like we will have a full complement of speakers through then but if you have any individuals who would like to present, please let us know.

As always, with warmest good wishes.

Message From The President
Miami Memoriabilia Collectors Club-Summer Update From Seth Bramson!

Dear friends and fellow members:

Just a reminder that we will NOT meet this month or next month and that our first Miami Memorabilia Collectors Club meeting for the '07--'08 season will be in September, our schedule set through November if I recall correctly, and then, of course, our holiday get--together in December.

As an F Y I, I am delighted to advise you that BOULEVARD OF DREAMS: A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF EL PORTAL, BISCAYNE PARK, MIAMI SHORES AND NORTH MIAMI will be out THIS WEEK and is already available at,, the publisher, and will be available from Myrna in about two weeks.

The first signing will be Sunday, August 19th, at Bagels and Company, 110th Terrace and Biscayne Blvd., 10:00 AM till 2:30 PM to be followed by a talk on the history of the area with accompanying signing at the August meeting of the North Miami Chamber of Commerce at Miami Shores Country Club at noon on Wed., August 22nd.

There will be talks and signings in September at both the Miami Shores and North Miami Public Libraries and info on dates will follow.

As information, this is the first history of the area since the late Dr. Thelma Peters's "Biscayne Country; 1870--1926" was published in 1981 and it is the first ever to provide the complete story of the four municipalities as well as the unincorporated areas of northeast Miami--Dade.

The book is 7" x 10" and 160 pages with a full color cover and almost 200 black and white photographs plus text. Cover price is $21.99 but if the Memorabilia Club, the GNMHS or the Chamber of Commerce would like to put a bulk order of at least a dozen or more together the publisher will offer very decent discounts.

Hope to see you at one or more of the signings/talks, and, in any case, warmest good wishes for a safe and happy summer.

As ever,

Message From The President
Miami Memoriabilia Collectors Club-Web Site Restarted!

Dear friends and fellow members:

It is with no small amount of pleasure that I advise you that our good friend and long time member Burnham Neill ("Neill") is restarting the Club's web site and that he will use it to post Club messages and other events and information.

Burnham will make a few changes and he will post the link to the site on Historical Calendar. As we all know, time is scarce, but as Neill wrote me, he loves the Club, and he feels that with re-starting the website we can and will add members.

At the same time, Burnham is asking me to let you know that we would certainly like to have somebody who can devote more time to the website and if we have a member who can and will be willing to serve as webmaster, please communicate directly with him at E-mail Miami Memoriabilia Collectors Club.

Your thoughts and ideas are ALWAYS welcome and Burnham felt that we needed re-newal of the e-mail to be strongly active. Needless to say, we are most grateful to Neill for his never-ending interest in and caring about the Club.

For our next Club year, I have VERY good news:

Our September meeting will feature Peter Forrest, who will review Stuart Iver's new book and discuss several points of direct local interest. This will be our first ever "book review" and we are delighted that Peter has stepped forward and agreed to do this.

In October Larry Wiggins will present another of his marvelous power point shows on Miami's history and that will be something that we will all look forward to.

November is also set, but I am having a JUNIOR moment and the guest has slipped my mind! Will send the info in a separate email.

December will be our annual Holiday party and we MAY work it out to re-join our friends at the NOD/Pioneers.

In January or February, Elizabeth Eich, our friend and park ranger at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park will present an evening tour of the Cape and the Lighthouse especially for the Club, that event taking the place of our meeting that month.

Finally, the new book BOULEVARD OF DREAMS: A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF EL PORTAL, BISCAYNE PARK, MIAMI SHORES AND NORTH MIAMI is scheduled to arrive on or about 19 July.

There will be signing events at at least four locations in northeast Miami--Dade tentatively including Bagels & Co. at 110th Terrace and Biscayne Blvd., the North Miami Public Library, the Miami Shores Library and the PlayGround Theater on N. E. 2nd Avenue and 98th Street in the Shores. I will, of course, advise you of each event.

Finally, our thanks to Elizabeth Eich for a GREAT presentation on the history of the Key Biscayne Lighthouse, almost all of us learning new facts which we were previously unaware of and I certainly hope we will see more of you when we begin the Club year again in September.

Will be back with you soon, and, as always, with warmest good wishes.