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It's Sunday! It's 1948! It's the $2.50 dinner at Hotel Casa Bonita!

It's Sunday! It's 1948! It's the $2.50 dinner at Hotel Casa Bonita!
The dining room and cocktail lounge is located at 9th St. and Gulf Blvd in Pass-a-Grille. They are serving Florida's finest dinners under auspices of George Rand, chef, formerly of Mayfair House, Philadelphia and Clearwater Beach Hotel. Nothing is spared to make your visit to Casa Bonita a gastronomic experience you will long remember...for your family dinner, for a spot to entertain friends your especial attention is called to Casa Bonita. Sunday Dinner 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ..$2.50
January 1948 - St Petersburg Times

Pass-a-Grille Beach Women Pack Bandages for WWII

Pass-a-Grille Beach Women Pack Bandages for WWII - August 1942, St Petersburg Times
'Pass-a-Grille women meet at the Women's club twice weekly to pack sterile bandages. They are a unit of the St. Petersburg Red Cross surgical dressing unit.'

Unusual Ways To Prepare Florida Caught Seafood

Unusual Ways To Prepare Florida Caught Seafood from the Evening Independent April, 1934

Delicious baked fish with deviled sauce, English Fish with oyster pie and deviled clams - great additions to any meal!


Stranger Than Fiction - 11 hours floating in the Gulf battling sun and surf!!

Stranger Than Fiction ... A Pass-a-Grille Woman, Lost in Storm While Swimming, Braves Gulf 11 Hours, Lives to Tell Story - August 1942, Evening Independent

'An escape from death at sea, miraculous as any ever told in fiction, was related last night by Mrs. Jessie Arnold, 62-year-old Pass-a-Grille rooming house proprietor, as she recuperated in her home after a grueling 24-hour battle against sun and surf.

Pass-a-Grille Visitor Thomas A Watson 1929 "Mr. Watson - Come here"

Thomas A Watson (January 18, 1854 – December 13, 1934) was an assistant to Alexander Graham Bell, notably in the invention of the telephone in 1876. He is best known because, as the recipient of the first telephone call – although coming from just the next room – his name became the first words ever said over the phone. "Mr. Watson – Come here – I want to see you," Bell said when first using the new invention, according to Bell's laboratory notebook. There is some dispute about the actual words used, as Thomas Watson, in his own voice, remembered it as "Mr. Watson – Come here – I want you," in a film made for Bell Labs in 1931.

The Favorite Line Steamers Servicing Pass-a-Grille

There were no roads or bridges to Pass-a-Grille in the early days and the Favorite Line Steamers serviced Pass-a-Grille, Manatee, Anna Maria, Tampa, Gulfport and St Petersburg.

A Politician's 1912 Tour of Pass-a-Grille and Meeting George Lizotte

A Politician's 1912 Tour of Pass-a-Grille and Meeting George Lizotte

"The visitors were shown several specimens of the many different shells abounding here - certainly these shells would be prolific vote getters."

George stated about the stone crab farm - "when they heard him coming and calling them by name, the whole mammal family would rush toward him with extended and uplifted claws, beseeching him to clip them for dinner, assuring him that they were fit to be eaten by the gods."

Pass-a-Grille Guide Silas Dent

Pass-a-Grille Guide Silas Dent photo/postcard mailed December 31, 1912

"Water & islands all around us. Oranges & grapefruit plentiful."

‘The Curious Case of Sidd Finch’ in Pass-a-Grille

Sidd Finch spent his few short moments in Pass-a-Grille and here are photos of him, getting his photos, beside the pier on 1st Ave. Kerry Butler was one of the few people who met Sidd. She is seen here with his photographer.

Sidd Finch is a fictional baseball player, the subject of the notorious article and April Fools' Day hoax "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch" written by George Plimpton and first published in the April 1, 1985 issue of Sports Illustrated.

The Pass-a-Grille Market on 8th Ave. 1969

The Pass-a-Grille Market on 8th Ave.-1969
In the 1940s, 'Ripley's Believe it or Not' deemed Eighth Avenue the smallest main street in America.