1950's

Richmond Blimp Base

In 1942, with German U-boats sinking ships just off Florida’s coast, the U.S. Navy built Richmond Naval Air Station.

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Polio Vaccine reaches Miami

In the 1950s, after Dr. Jonas Salk developed a vaccine against polio, citizens in Miami and across the nation lined up for shots to prevent the feared disease, which paralyzed thousands of children each year, killing some.

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Post Offices

Mail service in Southeast Florida goes back to the legendary “barefoot mailmen” of the late 19th century, who delivered mail between Lake Worth in Palm Beach County to Biscayne Bay.

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Soap Box Derby, 1956

In 1956, the fourth annual Miami Herald-Chevrolet Dealers Soap Box Derby pitted horsepowerless speedsters against each other.

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