These before-and-after photos show how much Tampa Bay's restaurants have changed over the years

As Tampa Bay grows, so does the dining scene, and it's no secret that our local restaurants have grown up quite a…

By CL Staff

On Swann.
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Nearly 70 years of vintage newspaper ads from Tampa's iconic Fun-Lan

Tampa's Fun-Lan Drive-In and Swap Shop is now closed, but the decades of film memories remain in the minds of those who…

By Justin Garcia

Tampa Tribune, 1996
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Vintage photos of shopping in Tampa Bay, including Maas Brothers, Webb's City and more

Maas Brothers, Webb's City, Harbour Island Mall—these iconic Tampa Bay shopping destinations may be long gone, but they ruled the local shopping…

By CL Staff

Customers shopping at Maas Brothers department store - Saint Petersburg, Florida (1961).
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Vintage photos of the Florida State Fair over the last century

The Florida State Fair is back, and though things may look a little different this year, the cows, the corn dogs and…

By CL Staff

Amusement ride at the 1977 Florida State Fair in Tampa, 1977
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Newly revealed photos from the Library of Congress show Tampa Bay's vintage roadside signs and storefronts

This week the Library of Congress published well over 10,000 vintage photographs of classically American roadsigns and storefronts. Photographer John Margolies captured…

By CL Staff

Hurricane Lounge, Pinellas Park, Fla. (1980)
    Photo via John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive
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These vintage photos show how much Clearwater has changed in the last 100 years

Even before Dr. Beach's annual rankings, the Church of Scientology, and even the railroad, Clearwater has pretty much always been a major…

By CL Staff

Beauty contest winners - Clearwater Beach, Florida, 1930.
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These vintage photos show the ‘Peculiar Paradise’ of Florida in the early 1980s

While working for National Geographic Magazine, photographer Nathan Benn returned to his home state of Florida in 1981, an era that saw rapid construction…

By CL Staff

Tourists to the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida posing with a pretend astronaut in an Apollo spacesuit. Administered by NASA, KSC is a major tourist attraction for tourists to the Orlando area. Two million people visited in 1981, making KSC the fourth most popular destination for Florida tourism. 1981.
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60 years of thrills: These vintage photos of Busch Gardens Tampa show how far the park has come

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Busch Gardens Tampa, which is an incredible milestone for a park that started off as…

By CL Staff

View showing visitors by the entrance to the Nairobi themed area of the Busch Gardens amusement park - Tampa.  Date unknown.
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These vintage photos show Ybor City in a way you’ve never seen

Ybor City has a rich culture and history all its own — from the first Cuban cigar rollers to the famed Columbia…

By CL Staff

Las Novedades Spanish restaurant in Ybor City - Tampa, Florida. 1947.
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