Thousands of Live Alligators on Free Exhibition


This broadside, dating from about 1950, is an advertisement for Osky’s, also known as Osky’s Curio Shop or Osky’s Alligator Store, a Jacksonville mercantile store that sold gift items, rare or bizarre decorative items, and goods made out of alligator skin, including lamps, purses, and wallets. The shop also exhibited live alligators and other reptiles. Jacksonville was home to many of Florida’s earliest tourist attractions, including the Florida Alligator Farm. Operating for several decades on Jacksonville’s historic Bay Street, Osky’s promoted itself through postcards featuring images of its alligators and alligator goods and advertisements such as this one.


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Osky’s Curio Shop, Jacksonville, Florida


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1 sheet ; 8.5 x 14 centimeters


  • Red printing on buff stock paper. Small red border. "See our live monster alligator. Weighing 900 lbs. Length, 14 feet 3 inches. Pay us a visit. Osky's, 121 West Bay Street."

Last updated: May 3, 2016