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1954 Courtesy of Jean Hale Lawson

1954 - Matheson Hammock and the beach pavilion

Miami, Florida

Thank you to Jean Hale Lawson for contributing this great image that was taken by her dad when they moved to Miami.

The beach pavilion is now leased by the Red Fish Grill, a fine seafood restaurant. Their website is at

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Rachelle S. F. 11-Feb-2009 06:46
This brings back fond memories. This is where I finally learned to swim. I was either in the 6th or 7th grade at the time. I had a fear of people teaching me at the Fairlawn Elementary School pool. I got scuba certified while pregnant, at the age of 26, in Dallas, TX.
John A. Samuelson 16-Feb-2008 00:23
A friend from Miami sent me the site for these pictures since I was a former resident.
The Matheson Hammock ones were very meaningful because I worked there while attending the U.M. as a lifeguard under Ray Booker and then as captain of guards when he left for the Crandon Park job. I met my future wife, Marie Lamport, there and after I graduated we were married at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Coconut Grove. While working there I modeled for Ardean Miller, a Life Magazine photographer who often came to the beach and I was in Florida Citrus Commission ads that appeared in the big magazines. He also took the pictures at our wedding. I left in the late 40's to coach tennis at the university. Later I worked at Miami Beach pools and presented diving shows.