Sunday, August 16, 2009

The way we were

Saks Fifth Ave at 701 Lincoln Road.

CAPTION: Main entrance to Saks Fifth Avenue dept. store.
Location: Miami Beach, FL, US
Date taken: February 1940
Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt

Location is across from what is now the Nexxt Cafe.

Image via Google's LIFE photo archive


  1. Are you blind? There's one right there in front of the store! Hint: he's the only man in the picture!

  2. Right there, hailing the cab!!!

  3. I know, sorta of Driving Miss Daisy moment.

  4. Many people forget that both Jews and Blacks were restricted from going to certain places on Miami Beach as late as the 1960's.

    "The hotels and beaches of Miami Beach were off limits to Blacks except as laborers. For Jews property north of 5th Street was restricted, though there were some exceptions."

    Up until the 1940’s, anti-Semitism was overt and prevalent in the history of Miami Beach. No beach club or golf club accepted Jewish members up until the 60’s. Jews and Miami Beach coexisted from 5th street and below in South Beach. Hotels displayed discriminatory signs saying things such as “No Pets, No Kids and No Hebrew Religions Tolerated.”


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