Panama City in Vintage Postcards

Panama City in Vintage Postcards

"..Among the best-selling books on vintage postcards.."
Barr's Post Card News, April 10, 2006

I recently published a "Hang Out" calendar using old postcard views of Long Beach and the Hang Out for the cover and each month. Check it out HERE.

My newest book, "Panama City", is now available in book stores. The cover is displayed above. It is also available on the Internet at Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, and Here is the link at Books A Million to order now at a discounted price. It consists of 219 antique postcard views, some as early as 1906. Of course the beach views do not start until the 1930's. It was difficult to choose those to be used from my Panama City postcard collection, which is nearing 700. Arcadia Publishing is again my publisher.

It will be a nostalgic trip for those of us old enough to remember Panama City without all those large ugly condos. Well...they are not really ugly but they are big and they have replaced a lot of the memories of our youth. It should also be interesting for the younger folks as well, especially those who love those wonderful beaches with that beautiful white sand. Downtown Panama City has also changed a good bit and is not overlooked in this book. Panama City has a long and interesting history, long before those beaches to the west were developed. The surrounding communities which became a part of the city, like St. Andrews and Bunker's Cove, are also be included. And across the Bay those beaches are just as nice as they ever were and there are still a few of the old smaller places left that you will remember from the 1950's and 1960's. But they won't last long, the bulldozer is busy! Of course Long Beach Resort is represented in a chapter of its own, with a large number of old views, including the world famous Hang Out. And there are many many other views that were located on what is now Front Beach Road. Thomas Drive still has a few of the older places left, although they have changed somewhat in appearance. Throw in places like Jenkins Drive In, Little Birmingham, Mittie's Tavern, the Old Dutch Tavern, Kona Kai, Shrimp Boat, Sir Loin Statue, and if you remember the Fo'C'sle Grill at the Verde Mer Cottages in Laguna Beach you get a gold star! Other places you may remember are the Miracle Strip Amusement Park with the Starliner Roller Coaster, the Pink Clam, the Plaza, Tourway Inn, the old Holiday Inn, Peeks, Barney Gray, Wave Crest, and the Kiska Court Cottages up at Laguna Beach.

I would like to include your favorite memory of Panama City, plus any pictures, for my new book-"Panama City Memories". For more information click HERE

Barr's Postcard News had a review in the March 2006 issue.

The North Jefferson News, my local newspaper, had an article in the December 8, 2005 issue.

The Birmingham News published an article in the December 7, 2005 issue.

Postcard Collector Magazine had a review in the Gifts For The Holidays section in the December edition on page 20.

This picture appeared in the Out & About section of the Panama City News Herald on November 19, 2005.

The Historical Society of Bay County had this review in the November 2005 Newsletter.

The Panama City News Herald published a book review on October 23, 2005 in the Sunday edition.

The April 2006 issue of Barr's Post Card News included an article listing my Panama City book as one of the top selling books on vintage postcards.

Book Signing Schedule

The Little Professor
Homewood, Alabama
November 9, 2005
11:30 - 1:00

Secret Book Garden & Cafe
Panama City Beach, Florida
November 15, 2005
11:30 - 1:30

Rebecca Pennell, Owner-Secret Book Garden & Cafe

Bay Country Public Library
Panama City, Florida
November 16, 2005
11:00 - 1:00

Book Signing at Bay County Public Library-Dianne Hodges on the left and Nancy Carter on the right.

Arrival of books at Bay County Public Library-Left to Right; Doug Rogers, Arcadia Sales Rep.; Joyce Dannecker, Asst. Library Director; Rebecca Saunders, Local History Specialist; Sandra Pierce, Children's Librarian; and Ann Houpt, Author of several local Arcadia books.

The Mole Hole
Panama City, Florida
November 17, 2005
11:00 - 1:00

Thanks to Janet Givens, my good friend, Panama City resident, and fellow Panama City postcard collector for the use of some of her wonderful early postcard views of Panama City proper. They added greatly to the book.

And thanks to Nancy Carter, who is also a resident of Panama City, and my dear friend and elementary school classmate...and high school classmate. Her valuable help locally is very much appreciated.

Signed copies are also available at: Little Bit of Country and Books By the Sea. Other locations in the Panama City area where the book is available are: Ageless Book Shop, Something Blue Gifts, Adams Pharmacy (Lynn Haven), Gifts N Such (Callaway), and Mullins Pharmacy (Lynn Haven).

And a reminder that plenty of signed copies are available at The Little Professor in Homewood, Alabama and also at Dreams Avenue in Morris, Alabama.

All my books, including my newest, "Then & Now-Birmingham" can be ordered at the same time at any of the following links:
Barnes & Noble

Look here for some of my Panama City postcard views and pictures.

My View From Thomas Drive

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