Sanibel Island Lighthouse.

Sanibel Island Lighthouse.

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
(please include photographer's name when noted).


  • Sanibel Island Lighthouse.

Image Number

  • JJS2147


  • 1963

Date Note

  • Photographed in May 1963.

Series Title

General Note

  • The 104-foot iron-pile Sanibel Island Lighthouse was completed in 1884 after 51 years of requests for a navigational aid. Its third-order Fresnel lens then became a midpoint light between Egmont Key (Tampa) and Key West. Manufactured in New Jersey and shipped to Florida, the tower was lost in a shipwreck two miles from its destination. Divers salvaged all but two small brackets. The pyramidal, 127-step iron tower and two keeper's houses are the oldest buildings on Sanibel Island. The original light was a fixed white beam that varied with a brighter flash every two minutes. The current optic that produces two grouped flashes every ten seconds was installed in 1965. Still active, the lighthouse is not open to the public; the keepers houses are used by employees of the J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The Sanibel Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters were later added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
  • Accompanying note: "Boat trip to Marathon on Lehman boat at Naples".

    Biography Note

  • Joseph Janney Steinmetz was a world-renowned commercial photographer whose images appeared in such publications as the Saturday Evening Post, Life, Look, Time, Holiday, Collier's, and Town & Country. His work has been referred to as "an American social history," which documented diverse scenes of American life from affluent northeasterners to middle-class Floridians. Steinmetz moved from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Sarasota, Florida in 1941.

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 photonegative - b&w - 35 mm.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Subject Corporate

Shelf Number

  • Location: 30713, D.

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