Back in the 90s, when Brownie the Town Dog of Daytona Beach’s grave was rediscovered, Vince Clarida, who actually knew Brownie, wrote a column for the Halifax Historical Society newsletter. This column was eventually shortened and used for a Brownie pamphlet that is still available at the Halifax Museum. Various shortened versions of this column… Continue reading Mid-1990s: Former Town Dog Left a Legacy of Goodwill
Back in September, I wrote a post about “Our Dumb Animals”, a publication that was mentioned in an article in “Daytona Today”. The author said that “Our Dumb Amimals” published a story about Brownie the Town Dog of Daytona in the “mid-50s”. After lots of searching, here is the article! It was published in January… Continue reading January 1951: Brownie the Town Dog of Daytona Beach appears in Our Dumb Animals
This is another find in a folder marked “Animals” in the Halifax Historical Museum. Brownie is called “Pet of Daytona Beach” and it’s dated 1949.
I’m not certain where this article was printed. I found it in a file marked “Animals” in the Halifax Historical Museum. Brownie the Post Office Mascot was not as famous as Brownie the Town Dog, but he had many similarities to Town Dog Brownie. He lived 15 years on Beach Street. He had a bank… Continue reading Eulogy Recalls Honored “Brownie”: An ode to the Post Office Brownie
Brownie’s dog house was built by the cab drivers at the the Daytona Cab Company. You can read about it here. Originally, it was built out of cardboard boxes, but after Brownie was hospitalized in 1944, the cab drivers built him a real wooden dog house. Over the years, a wooden box and other handmade… Continue reading Photo: Brownie the Town Dog of Daytona Beach’s Dog House.
In June of 2008, the Museum of Florida History present their “Pets in America” exhibit. The exhibit ran until August of 2008 and spawned a book called “Florida’s Famous Animals” by Jan Annino. Brownie was one of two dogs featured in both the book and the exhibit. The second dog, Jet, was the first dog used… Continue reading June-August 2008: The Museum of Florida History features Brownie the Town Dog in their “Pets in America” exhibit.
I have only seen this photo in this article. It appears in no other publication that I’ve come across and I don’t know its source. The original is not in the Halifax Museum as far as I know. This is Brownie the Town Dog of Daytona Beach lying on the ground. He appears to be… Continue reading Photo: Brownie in mid-life lying down
These articles were written by Vince Clarida at some point and were used often in various Halifax Historical Museum publications. They are also the basis for the current Brownie pamphlet that the Museum gives out to visitors, which I will post shortly.
Brownie the Town Dog is the most famous dog in Daytona Beach history, but he wasn’t the only famous dog and he wasn’t even the only famous Brownie! In 1955 (a year after Brownie the Town Dog’s death), downtown Daytona Beach got a new popular dog: Brownie the Post Office Mascot. He lived until 1970… Continue reading December 5, 1962: Post Office Brownie gets Tonsils out
While doing some searches on Youtube, I stumbled across this video of Beach Street in the 40s. It shows Riverfront Park and shoppers on the street. Brownie does not appear, but I wonder if video exists of him from the 40s or 50s. I think it must. There is probably newsreel or some other video… Continue reading Video: Beach Street in the 40s