10 Wonderful Hotels


Advertising poster showcasing some of Miami Beach’s finest hotels from the Fabulous Fifties.

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Miami Beach experienced tremendous growth in the postwar years. Construction projects for both private housing and resort-style hotels boomed in the late 1940’s, and laid the foundation for the Fabulous Fifties. According to HistoryMiami Museum curator Paul George, “The stage had been set for Miami Beach’s ascendancy in the early postwar era as a wave of tourists, flush with dollars after years of economic stagnation and sacrifice, flocked to some of America’s and Miami Beach’s newest and most glamorous hotels, like the Sagamore, Sans Souci and Saxony in the South and Mid-Beach areas of Collins Avenue. There they enjoyed glamorous poolside amenities, fine food, and fabulous entertainment. Media personalities like Walter Winchell and Arthur Godfrey broadcasted their popular radio shows from Miami Beach while movie stars embraced that vacation hot spot.

With the opening of the fabulous Fontainebleau Hotel in 1954, followed by those of the Eden Roc, Deauville, and Carillon Hotels, areas once far north of the resort areas of Miami Beach now became the glamour spots of the island’s tourist industry. And the stars followed, led by Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, long before their presence and antics brought Las Vegas’s tourist industry to the fore. The shows, restaurants, and personalities present in this world famous resort grew as the Fifties unfolded bringing it unprecedented exposure and ever increasing numbers of visitors. Miami Beach was the place to be in that fabulous era.”

Map Details

Publication Date: 1955

Author: A.D. Weiss Lithograph

Sheet Width (in): 19.75

Sheet Height (in): 18.00

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Some discoloration in the page associated with age and minor wear along originally issued fold lines.