In December 1954, Marilyn from Battle Creek, MI opened her mailbox to find a colorful postcard sent from a man she knew who was vacationing at the Atlantic Towers in Miami Beach, Florida.
The front of the card shows a staged scene of 1950s sun bathers lounging around the swimming pool under striped umbrellas. A few wade in the pool, while seven men of varying age stand precariously on a diving board.
|This postcard was sent from Miami to Battle Creek in 1954.|
The Atlantic Towers opened in the late 1940s and was billed as a hotel and cabana club directly on the ocean on Collins Avenue at 42nd Street. It boasted the latest in mid-twentieth century style and amenities, including air conditioning, a swimming pool, one block of private beach, oceanic private dining, all rooms with an ocean view, bath and shower in every room, elevator service, a cocktail lounge with entertainment, a dining room, sun decks, a solarium and free parking.
The man who mailed the postcard to Marilyn wrote:
Having a fine time. I still remember "The Greatest." Do you? Wish you were here. Maybe you'll drop by. Still in Key West.
|In case Marilyn is alive and well, I erased her last name and address from the|
postcard to protect her and her family's privacy.
Was Marilyn the postcard sender's paramour? What exactly was "The Greatest" and why did Dick want Marilyn to be in Miami with him? We'll never know the answers to these question, but I hope Marilyn was able to "drop by" and enjoy a little fun in the sun in December 1954.
My initial research suggests that the Atlantic Towers was replaced in the mid-1990s by the La Tour Condos located in what is now touted as Millionaire's Row. I'm not sure if it was demolished to make way for a new building or if it was remodeled. If anyone knows more about what happened to the Atlantic Towers, please comment below.
For a bit more about the Atlantic Towers, visit the University of Miami's digital archives to see three promotional publications about the hotel.