West Bay Street, 1952

November 22nd, 2011, 12:30H · Topics: Around Town, Business · Print

“1952.  A street scene on Bay Street between Laura and Hogan.  The Democrats were running Stevenson and Sparkman.  You are looking West Northwest.  Note the Earle, Mayflower and Seminole Hotels.  The Casino theater at that time was nine cents. Some difference in it today.” LS

I like the way the Democrat Headquarters on 124 W. Bay Street was tucked between the Thom McAn Shoe Store and Andy’s Billiards.  Adlai Stevenson was the Democratic presidential candidate, running against Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower who won in a landslide ending 20 years of a Democratic leadership  in the White House.  Eisenhower’s running mate was Richard Nixon.

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  1. 1 Constance August 18th, 2012 7:28H

    Wasn’t Bay Street where the “ladies of the night” used to ply their trade?

  2. 2 Don Webb January 22nd, 2015 20:42H

    Florida Democrats realized they were not the only players in the game in the 1952 General Election. I believe Eisenhower could have ran as an Independent in 1952 and would have still have won. People were tired of the Democrats (at least nationally) and of the possibility of a 3rd term for Truman. They were ready for anyone who wasn’t a national Democrat and Eisenhower was the man who rose to the hour.

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