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Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Mrs. Tidbit, Living in Downtown St. Petersburg in the 1950s

Join us for this Coffee Talk performance with Nan Colton. The 1950s are notable for the advent of air conditioning, which brought a considerable amount of housing to Florida – especially for retirees. Central Plaza and Tyrone Gardens Shopping Center began to draw commerce from the downtown core. The population peaked beyond 200,000 and streetcar tracks were removed to make way for a society of automobiles. Central Ave was lined with green benches and ELVIS came to town. Other downtown excitements included a most unusual store – Webb City.  Doc Webb sold dollar bills for ninety-five cents (a limited time offer). He shot the Flying Zacchinis out of a cannon in the parking lot. He exhibited mermaids, chimp acts, and baseball playing ducks. He sold breakfasts for two cents. This presentation reminds us of what was and what still is the core of the city. Mrs. Tidbit reminds us of what was then with humor and fondness for her adopted city.

  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am Refreshments served in the Membership Garden
  • 10:30 am – 11 am Coffee Talk presentation by Nan Colton
  • 11:00 am Q&A followed by a docent tour


FREE for MFA members; Not-yet members are $22 for adults and $17 for seniors. 


Event Details

August 9, 2023

10–11:30 am

Marly Room: Museum of Fine Arts

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