Focus on Florida

Late to the Party in the Roaring Twenties and That Tropical Paradise Called Florida
Patricia Yost

Late to the Party in the Roaring ’20s and That Tropical Paradise Called Florida by Patricia Yost is based on the memoirs of her late husband, Robert, whose father was a successful New York businessman who, in 1925, dove headlong into the peak of Florida’s raging land boom. Through period photographs, she shines a spotlight on the beginnings of the boom, from the ambitious land speculation in Miami and on to Boca Raton and the Palm Beaches. 
Florida was heralded a beacon of prosperity in the 1920s. It was the blazing Jazz Age, and land speculation was running wild — a frenzy fed by fantasy, glamour, and impossible dreams of new-found wealth in that tropical paradise they called Florida. Those who jumped in early, and got out early, were the winners. Those who followed were the dreamers. Late to the Party in the Roaring ‘20s introduces Ralph Yost, a successful, engaging salesman who, in 1925, tossed aside a prospering business in New York City to dive headlong into the peak of South Florida’s raging land boom. He was a city-bred clothing manufacturer, a personable fellow who wore spats and a derby hat; always had a diamond stickpin in his tie — and knew absolutely nothing about real estate. Follow Ralph and his optimistic conversion to landowner, lot seller, farmer, and home builder — a path taken by countless others who, like Ralph, soon found themselves stranded in Florida’s sun-drenched, land-bust ruins.

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Late to the Party in the Roaring Twenties and That Tropical Paradise Called Florida Patricia Yost

This meeting takes place on Zoom. The zoom links are sent via email in your membership update letter, and again an hour before each event. To get access to our programs, you may become a member.