This photo is displayed on many internet sites and I think is the best photo of Brownie. It shows him in 1950s Daytona Beach doing what he loved to do: be with people. This is the colorized version. Notes: The Daytona Cab Company cabs of the 40s and 50s were so different from cars of… Continue reading Photo: Brownie sitting with the tourist in the 1950s
With Halloween coming up, I thought I would share a few “scary” Brownie stories that I recently posted on the popular website Haunted Places. Story 1. As you may or may not know, Brownie died on Halloween 1954. That’s kinda scary in itself! Boo! Story 2. A few weeks after we opened Brownie’s Dog Boutique… Continue reading A few ghost stories: Brownie died on Halloween
This is, by far, the most popular photo of Brownie. It appears to have been taken later in Brownie’s life, probably in the early 1950s, when Brownie started putting on weight from all the ice cream and steak that Beach Street merchants tended to feed him. Notes This photo is what I call the Brownie… Continue reading The most popular photo of Brownie the Town Dog of Daytona Beach
Brownie appeared in the newspaper in 2017 a few times, but the first was this mention in the News Journal’s “Today in History”. This “news” was from 1947 – a whopping 70 years ago.
On the day before Valentine’s Day, Fred Langworthy, wrote a Valentine to Brownie and to the people of Daytona Beach. “Stories about Brownie will be told in Daytona Beach long after the beloved Community Pet has gone to that Happy Hunting Ground where all dogs find their eternal rest.” Notes: Lots of stories showing how… Continue reading February 13, 1949: A Valentine to Brownie, the aging canine patriarch of Daytona Dogdom
“There is something mighty wholesome about a City whose people can pause in their busy Christmas season to remember an old and beloved dog, I always say.” Notes: Fred Langworthy, who often wrote about Brownie for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, had a sports column that often featured Brownie (I’m not really sure why). This is… Continue reading December 27, 1951: A Christmas poem – and a dollar – is left for Brownie
Notes: Brownie died on October 31, 1954. The grave marker was put on his grave on January 4, 1956. That’s about 14 months that the city commission and Daytona Beach citizens talked about how to memorialize Brownie. By this point, the “new” Brownie, at the Post Office had been living there for about a year.… Continue reading January 4, 1956: “A Good Dog” marker is laid on Brownie’s grave
Notes: Heart worms were not treated as often in the 1950s as they are today, but Brownie was treated a few times. This particular treatment was a series of 14 shots and was rapidly draining his bank account. This article claims he’s 14 in 1952, so it’s getting clear that every reporter is guessing at… Continue reading May 11, 1952: Brownie has heart worms again and needs more funds!
I’m not sure of the date of this editorial by Deborah D. Taylor of Baltimore, MD. It’s obviously 1955, but the date isn’t clear from the handwriting on this article. Most of the artifacts in the Halifax Historical Society are in folders and with handwriting on them that is not always clear. But I am… Continue reading June 1955: A Birdbath Instead Of A Grave Stone?
On November 2, 1954, the Daytona Beach News Journal ran a large article and photos about Brownie’s funeral in Riverfront Park. I will post the photo spread in a separate post, but this is the article that ran under those funeral photos. Notes: It appears that Brownie was driven to his burial spot in a… Continue reading November 2, 1954: Many A Dampened Eye As Brownie Is Buried in Riverfront Park