The Treasure Hunter, John Thompson

As a hobby, or avocation, in addition to being a Realtor with the John Seidel Team, I personally collect historic objects, and am also an antique and collectible dealer.

I am in three Antique Malls, the Hillsboro Antique Mall in Pompano Beach, FL, Needful Things in Hendersonville, NC, in the Appalachian mountains near Asheville, and Twice’s Nice, in Sarasota, FL.

I specialize in curiosities, unique and unusual objects, folk art, and sporting collectibles, with a focus on golf, tennis, and horse racing. I love the thrill of the search, as it is like being a kid again, on a treasure hunt. Many of you may watch some of the myriad shows on TV involved with collecting and selling used objects, including Antiques Road Show, American Pickers, Storage Wars, and Pawn Stars, all highly rated, with millions of viewers.

While in Lakeland, FL last weekend, I discovered several great historic objects, including original stock certificates for Pan American Airways and The Studebaker Packard Corporation, and best of all, a framed collage of 3 rare and wonderful photos of Coconut Grove from 1926 and 1930. John Seidel and his family live in the Center Grove, and I live in the North Grove, so these photos hold particular significance for us.

In addition, John Seidel’s mother, Charlette Seidel, is the managing Broker in our Coldwell Banker Coral Gables office, which has over 200 agents. She formerly worked for the iconic and beloved Pan American World Airways, which was originally based in Coconut Grove, so the historic photo of Will Rogers below, landing at Dinner Key in a Pan American seaplane, is very meaningful to her.

coconut grove real estateThe photos are of Will Rogers, the famous humorist, returning in 1930 to Pan American Airways iconic terminal at Dinner Key in Coconut Grove via seaplane, from an 18,000 mile trip from LA through Central and South America!

Large crowds are greeting him on his return from this odyssey, prior to his performance at the Coconut Grove Theatre. His famous and prognostic quote at the time was: “Miami is the springboard to the Other Americas. Here is the hopping off point place!”

In 1934, Pan American opened its beautiful seaplane terminal building at Dinner Key, then the largest and most modern in the world. It later became Miami City Hall, which it remains today.

Another photo is the Sanders-Peacock General Store, with employees and vintage delivery trucks in front. Peacock Park in the Grove, is named for the pioneer Peacock family.

And finally, there is a photo of the intersection of McFarlane, Main Highway, and Grand Avenue. Note the Peacock Inn to the left, and vintage “horseless carriages.”

The building between the electric poles is the former office of Coldwell Banker in the Grove, at the intersection of Main Highway and Grand Avenue. We outgrew this small space, and are now located about a mile from the Grove, in Coral Gables, at 3400 Ponce de Leon Blvd., in the office building above the Collection auto dealership.

These photos are wonderful reminders of our past, and illustrative of the explosive growth that Miami has experienced in such a short time. The Grove was a glorious village in which to live then, and remains so today!

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The John Seidel Team specializes in Miami real estate as well as Florida Keys real estate. A Miami native, John Seidel has over a decade of professional experience assisting clients with finding single family homes, condominiums, vacant land, rental property, and more. Call 786-488-9756 to speak with a team member regarding any questions you may have about buying, selling, or investing in Miami properties such as Brickell real estate.

If you have any questions regarding the Miami real estate market or the buying/selling process, feel free to contact me at 305-793-7280, or fill out the form below. I look forward to speaking with you.


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