Take a tour of Jacksonville with the Spottswood Collection

Riverside Chevrolet 1941

Riverside Chevrolet 1941 courtesy Florida Memory

I just stumbled onto a fascinating article at The Florida Memory blog spotlighting the Spottswood photo collection.

The Spottswood Collection consists of over 50,000 images comprising five decades of photography by Jack and Gordon Spottswood.

Commercial photographers, the Spottswoods were kept on retainer by the Seaboard Railroad and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. They did a considerable amount of work for real estate agencies and for insurance companies photographing accident scenes. As a result, the collection contains numerous images of Jacksonville-area street scenes, businesses, churches, hotels, theaters, and trains, as well as studio portraits and wedding photographs.

Get the whole story at Florida Memory, then go browse the collection. It’s a fascinating look at Jacksonville history.