Ybor City State Museum Book Signing Planned

The Ybor City State Museum will present Author John V Cinchett signing copies of his new book Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes – a pictorial collection of 200 historic Tampa photos of the 1950s never before seen. This is an excellent opportunity for local residents to visit the museum and pick up a copy of this new popular book about 1950s Tampa. This special event will be held on Saturday September 12th 11AM-2:00PM at the Museum Gift Shop located at the corner of 9th Ave and 19th Street in Ybor City. Admission to the gift shop is free. For further information, please call (813) 241-6554.

The book is a collection of 200 historic Tampa photographs taken during the 1950s never before published from the archives of the Cinchett Neon Sign Company that operated in Tampa during the 1950s and 1960s. These vintage photographs have been restored to their original glory, creating a portfolio of clear and crisp images of favorite neighborhood stores and downtown shopping scenes.

This photograph was taken in 1956. The view is looking east on Seventh Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets in front of the Victory Bakery. This is one of more than 200 photos seen in the new book Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes.


The Ybor City Museum State Park is a state historic park consisting of the Ybor City Museum, housed in the Ferlita Bakery building (a neighborhood bakery operated by the Ferlita family, Italian immigrants who established the business at that location in 1896), the Casita, and the Garden. The State Park contains permanent exhibits on Vicente Martinez Ybor, the founding and early history of Ybor City, the cigar industry, the social clubs of the city, and the Ferlita Bakery itself. Two years ago, the Ybor City Museum Society initiated changing exhibitions in the Museum space which change twice yearly. Admission to the museum is $4.00.

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