A few more old photos, scanned from my negatives. These are from Avon Park and Sebring, two adjacent towns in the center of Florida surrounded by miles and miles of citrus groves, pastures and emptiness.
My grandmother grew up in Avon Park, and my great-grandparents lived there and in Sebring most of their adult lives. As a result I visited Avon Park many times as a kid and young adult. In fact, my family owned property there -- including my great-grandparents' house -- for many years, until we finally sold it all about a decade ago.
While in college in the mid-1980s, I drove from Tampa to Sebring several times on photography outings with my friend Suzanne. On one of these trips, in early 1988, I took photos of the exterior of the Circle Restaurant in downtown Sebring, so named because it was on a circular street in the heart of town.
The restaurant is long gone, but the building is still standing, at least according to Google StreetView images taken in June 2011. I don't think we ate there back in 1988 -- as I recall we were there in the late afternoon, which looks about right judging by the light in the photo above, and it was strictly a breakfast-and-lunch place. I have a really terrible, underexposed photo of the front window with a sign advertising two eggs, grits and toast for $1.50!
(Incidentally, while browsing Sebring on StreetView, I also came across an amusing image of three guys outside the firehouse giving a thumbs-up to the Google truck. Ha!)
Avon Park is just north of Sebring, and I took this photo there about ten years ago. I have long loved this sign, not only because the motel carries my family name (purely coincidence -- my relatives in Avon Park were all on my mom's side and hence none of them were Reeds) but because it was just so awesome. It has since been replaced, but the new sign is similar. Clearly the owners wanted to preserve that '50s charm.