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
Brownie the Town Dog had a bank account in the Florida Bank & Trust Company. This was where all the money collected from his coffee can or jar and any funds donated directly to Brownie were deposited. Notes At the top of the ledger side you will see “Budgen, Trustee (for Brownie)”. This was Ed… Continue reading Photo: Florida Bank & Trust Account #3318 – Brownie’s bank book
“Looking Back” was, I presume, a regular feature column of the Daytona Beach News-Journal. On July 5, 1992, the column featured both Brownie the Town Dog and his lesser known Beach Street pup, Brownie the Post Office Mascot. Both lived on Beach Street for approximately 15 years. Town Dog Brownie from 1939-1954. Post Office Brownie… Continue reading July 5, 1992: Two dogs that captured city’s heart
“Wherever it is that good dogs go, Brownie has already gone.” Final words of Mayor Jack Tamm’s eulogy to Brownie All Florida Magazine, a publication that I can’t find anything about, ran this story on January 6, 1955 about Brownie’s death and funeral. Notes This was a clearly emotional piece for the writer. The descriptions… Continue reading January 6, 1955: All Florida Magazine publishes “Brownie doesn’t live here anymore”
In my previous post, I shared an article from the Orlando Sentinel that still comes up in web searches on Brownie. Here is another that covers the rediscovery of Brownie’s grave in 1994. This one is from the Florida Times Union, which is Jacksonville’s newspaper, and it appears to be the actual Associated Press article… Continue reading May 4, 1994: The Associated Press picks up the story of Brownie’s grave rediscovery
This article appeared in the Orlando Sentinel and was written by Cory Jo Lancaster. The article was a publicity piece for a “Springtime in the Park” event that the Old Daytona Civic Association was organizing. While fixing Riverfront Park up for this event, they somehow rediscovered Brownie’s grave and used it to get publicity. It… Continue reading May 3, 1994: After being buried under sod for years, Brownie’s grave is rediscovered.