One of my vintage postcards, this very artistic painting of flamingos was once part of a hand-painted mural in the Flamingo Hotel, torn down in the late 1950s for an apartment complex.
The cover of a cool book I designed in 2007, Miami Beach Memories, written by Joann Biondi. The main cover photo was by a fifties model and photographer Bunny Yeager. It was originally black and white and I colorized it for this cover. The smaller duotone photos on the left were selected from the interior photos. When I design a book, I pick the fonts to be used in it, select the photos to be used and then design the interior layouts. I also do all of my own production work, working with the editor to make sure everything fits and reads properly.
This book is not a fluff piece for Miami Beach, even though this cover may look like it at first glance. The interior is black and white, and deals with Miami Beach's history from 1920 through 1969. Besides the fabulous architecture and the Hollywood stars that claimed Miami Beach as their own, it includes the dark history of anti-Semitism and racism in each decade. The author relied heavily on oral interviews with the movers and shakers of these periods and is thus a true-to-life testimonial to the great, and the not-so-great aspects of America's fun-in-the-sun capital city. For a better description of the book, click over to Amazon.com here, and you can read some reviews by people that bought the book. And yes, Frank Sinatra is featured on several pages with great vintage photographs.