"Balcony, The Buena Vista Hotel, Biloxi, Miss. Route of the 'Panama Limited'--the finest train on earth. Barber, maid, valet and bath." Exterior view. Side 1.
The Randy Randazzo Collection of photonegatives, postcards, ephemera, and photographic prints provides a rare look at life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and South Mississippi from the turn of the twentieth century into the 1970's. A ninth-generation Biloxian working as an information technology professional in Maryland, Randy Randazzo began his acquisitions with a set of antique postcards of Biloxi and Pass Christian discovered while Christmas shopping in 1992. After twenty years of visiting postcard conventions, Mr. Randazzo decided to donate his memorabilia to MDAH when he realized he was having a difficult time finding postcards he did not already own. Images can be accessed through keyword search or by browsing within each series, as they become available online.
Series I: Negatives
Series I consists of black-and-white photonegatives acquired by Randy Randazzo's uncle, Walter Fountain, who was a Biloxi historian. Subjects include Back Bay factories, regatta races, the annual blessing of the fleet, and other Mississippi Gulf Coast events. Series I is being scanned and will be added to this exhibit when processing is complete.
Series II: Postcards
Series II consists of 4,147 color and black-and-white postcards collected by Randy Randazzo, featuring scenes of shipbuilding, hotels, hurricanes, agriculture, seafood factories, Camp Shelby, Keesler Air Force Base, Ship Island, and other iconic South Mississippi locations.