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Photo studios are often great repositories of information about local history, and the Burgert Brothers firm is no exception. Founded in 1918 by brothers Al and Jean Burgert, their studio focused primarily on photographing the Tampa Bay area, including Ybor City, Port Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Ballast Point. The University of South Florida has the archives of the Burgert Brothers firm, and interested parties can look through over 850 of their prints here. The collection is quite impressive, and it contains images of cigar rollers in Ybor City, Italian street festivals, and the Moorish majesty that was (and is) the Tampa Bay Hotel. Finally, the archive also contains excellent images from the city's famed Gasparilla celebration. [KMG]
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