Photo Essays

Photo essays – thematic groups of curated and captioned photographs – help us to see and understand a past which has vanished. These examples use pictures from HistoryMiami’s collections to tell stories about Miami and South Florida.

Peacock Inn

The Alfred Munroe Collection

Browse images of Coconut Grove and the Biscayne Bay region during the 1890s, shot by Ralph Munroe's uncle. Who were they? View images to find out.

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missile in South Dade

The Cold War

The Cold War and the effects of the Cuban Missile Crisis were for a time part of the Miami area landscape.

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quilt block

Hurricane Andrew

Southeast Florida old-timers date time from before or after a particularly infamous hurricane. "We had a beautiful ficus tree in our yard before the hurricane." For most of the 20th century, that honor fell to the 1926 hurricane. Since August 24, 1992, the marker has been Andrew.

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Henry FlaglerPeople

Historic celebrities, Seminole Indians and Teens can be found in this section.


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Roseate Spoonbill


Different kinds of pictures have their own charm, for example, Photochrom prints of Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas from around 1900.

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SeminolesPhotograph Collections

Amateur photographer Alfred Munroe visited Coconut Grove and the Biscayne Bay region during the 1890s, while Claude Matlack earned his living shooting images of Miami Beach, Miami, and South Florida during the 1920s and 1930s.

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