(Source of image: Florida Collection, Main Public Library, Jacksonville)
beachgoers didn't show much skin at Pablo Beach (Jacksonville Beach). This
postcard dates from around 1910. The people in it
evinced a modesty that probably wasn't present in Palmetto Lodge, an
oceanfront bordello. The Lodge functioned as the Pablo branch of
the Court, Cora Crane's house of ill repute
in Jacksonville. The proprietress built the
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When on the beach in public, Cora dressed like many of the other women in long black stockings and skirts below the knees. In fact, she displayed even less skin. The madam kept each arm covered with a scarf tied around it, and she donned a wide shade hat secured under her chin by an elastic band.
The jetties proved a favorite haunt
for Cora while surfside.
"STRUCK BY LIGHTNING -- House at Pablo Beach Badly Damaged Yesterday; Roof, Walls and Ceilings Demolished; Young Woman Stunned. ~
Passengers arriving from Pablo Beach last night reported that a house was struck by lightning at that place during a severe thunderstorm yesterday afternoon, and was badly damaged.
Those reporting the occurrence said that the house belonged to Cora Taylor of this city and that it is a large, two-story house situated north of the Ocean View Hotel.
Lightning stuck the roof of the house, tearing away a large portion of the roof and two corners of the building; (it) tore out the ceiling and demolished a large portion of the furniture.
One young woman, whose name was not given, was reported to have been badly stunned but was restored to consciousness by Dr. Jackson and Dr. Denton (spelling?), who were called to attend her, and was reported as getting along very well at the time the train left the beach.
So far as known, no other damage was done by the lightning at the beach."
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