Over 900 images of the Polk County area from 1910 to 1950 gathered by Louise Frisbie, regional historian and author

Collection Number: M84-50

Creator: Frisbie, Louise

Title: Winter Haven, Bartow, and Florida Photographs, 1910-1950

Quantity: 1,433 photographs
The 934 prints on this Web site represent a selection from the Frisbie Collection. The entire collection can be viewed onsite at the State Archives of Florida in Tallahassee.


This collection consists of approximately 1,433 black-and-white images of homes, hotels, and businesses, primarily from Winter Haven but also from Bartow and throughout Florida. Numerous photographs were taken by Robert Dahlgren, a prominent Winter Haven photographer during the first half of the twentieth century. Also included in this collection are portraits of men, women, and children.

Historical Note:

Louise Frisbie was a life-long Floridian, distinguished historian, and prodigious collector of photographs. She was a member of the Polk County Historical Commission for many years and was editor of the Polk County Historical Quarterly for four years. She was honored by the Florida Senate for her contributions to the preservation of regional history and by the Polk County Historical Association for service to the association and to the county. She authored three books pertaining to Florida history: Peace River Pioneers; Yesterday's Polk County; and Florida's Fabled Inns.