Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Where Did All The News Stands Go?

Here's another circa 1970 photo with my trusty Minolta Autocord. This news stand was on the corner of Biscayne Blvd., alias U.S. 1, and N.E. 79th St. Head west and it it takes you to Hialeah Race Track,and horse racing enticed a lot of people to stay in the hotels along Miami Beach. Head east across the 79th Street Causeway and you were on Miami Beach.

Tourists who wanted to check out the paper from their home town could find a decent selection, at least from the major cities, and news stands could be found scattered around town. They also sold magazines and, of course, cigarettes because nobody told you not to smoke back then, although you were supposed to be 16. Nowadays the newspapers are barely hanging in there. TV pretty much did in the second paper in two newspaper cities. Now the internet is rapidly killing off the one remaining paper. Pretty soon there'll be noplace left to read the comics or find a crossword puzzle. Horse racing and dog tracks are pretty much a thing of the past also.

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