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Florida become a favorite vacation destination in the late 1890s, and has remained one ever since. People traveled to Florida first by boat, then by train when Flagler built the Florida East Coast Railway, and those with an adventurous spirit, such as Jesse and Susan Wooley, would "motor" to Florida in an automobile once this mode of transportation became viable for long distant travel.
Jesse Wooley worked as a professional photographer in Ballston Spa, New York. When traveling to Florida, Wooly brought only a small camera with him. While he photographed throughout his journey, these pages concentrate on his Florida photographs.
These photographs were donated amongst other original collections given to the Florida Atlantic University Libraries's Special Collection Department by Marion Rinhart (1916-2003). Wooley's photographs at FAU are copies of those held at the University of Miami Libraries's Special Collection Department, also donated by Rinhart. Other photograph collections donated by Marion Rinhart can be found at the Ohio State University Libraries's Special Collections, "Floyd and Marion Rinhart Collection of Daguerreian Art and Other Rare Photographic Images".
The following pages contain a slide show of photographs concentrating on various areas of Florida. There will be various dates within each subject page.