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PHOTO COURTESY OF venice museum and archive

Back in the Florida boom of the 1920s, Venice was a lively musical spot, hosting a permanent orchestra at the brand-new Hotel Venice downtown. Conductor Anthony Lopez and his Famous Orange Grove Serenaders played for guests throughout meals, as well as at patio dances on Wednesday and Saturday nights. They took their name from the hotel’s courtyard, which was lined with orange trees illuminated by small orange globes in the branches. Judging from this photo, they dressed with style. 

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