Looking Back

LOOKING BACK is a regular feature of historic images presented by the Captiva Island Historical Society appearing in island newspapers.

The CIHS has more than 10,000 digitally archived items on our website, including:  family letters, newspaper articles, photographs, postcards, and audio recordings.

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  • Looking Back: Picnic At Blind Pass

    This photo features a picnic at Blind Pass in the early 1900s. Note the wool clothing. Mrs. Dickey is pictured on the far left.

  • Looking Back: Not Your Ordinary Watchdog

    This is an image of Ina Watson on Captiva Island restraining one of her "watchdog" alligators that she caught.  Ina Watson and her son Paul maintained a camp site on Chadwick's South Seas Plantation.  View More On This Subject

  • Looking Back: Timmy Wiles

    This is a 1966 snapshot of Timmy (TM) Wiles at the counter of the iconic Timmy’s Nook, built by Wiles in 1952.  From 1952 to 1994, Timmy’s Nook was a popular gathering place frequented by the locals and visitors alike, and the source of colorful island folklore.

  • Looking Back: Teddy Roosevelt At Snyder School

    In this photograph, circa early 1900's, President Theodore Roosevelt (fourth from left) on a visit to the Snyder School during his fishing expedition to Captiva for devil fish.

  • Looking Back: Bill Shannon And His Frond House

    In this image from the early 1950s, Bill Shannon is in front of his palm frond house. He and his wife, Mae, opened the Sunshine Cafe on Palm Avenue (currently Andy Rosse Lane) on Captiva in 1951.

  • Looking Back: Bill Stevens Fish House

    This photo is Bill Stevens at his fish house taken by locally renowned photographer Charlie McCullough in 1949. Bill Stevens worked for the Punta Gorda Fish Company. The local fisherman would bring their catch to him and he would put them on ice and await the company's fish boat to come to collect the fish.

Bridging the Past and the Present