This exhibit contains selected images from over 5,000 slides and photographs in the Dale M. McDonald Collection which document art exhibits, businesses, boating events, attractions, community events, landscapes, residences, and street scenes in Key West.
Firefighter and photographer Dale McDonald was born in Key West, Florida on October 2, 1949. McDonald began taking photographs while a student at Key West High School. After graduation in 1968, McDonald enlisted in the United States Air Force. During his service in the Air Force, McDonald was assigned to Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California as a Still Photographic Specialist.
McDonald left the Air Force in 1972 and returned to Key West, where he began a career as a firefighter with the Naval Air Station. McDonald was promoted several times and, in 1987, he became an Assistant Fire Chief.
With the help of his wife Ann, Dale McDonald opened his photography studio, "Keys Photographic Services," in 1993. The McDonalds performed aerial, underwater, wedding, and other types of photography assignments.