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John wanted "just a little bit of a place"

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Title:
John wanted "just a little bit of a place"
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Mansions -- Florida -- Sarasota   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Sarasota (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the John Ringling estate in Sarasota.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 27, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

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Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002221750
oclc - 650251958
usfldc doi - D33-0157
usfldc handle - d33.157
System ID:
SFS0000538:00001


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j08 JOHN WANTED "JUST A LITTLE BIT OF A PLACE" By HAMPTON DUNN SARASOTA -There's a huge life size painting of John Ringling in the entrance way of his fabulous Ca'D'Zan. It's a good likeness of the circus king, but his pal Will Rogers wasn't convinced whe n he visited the Sarasota palace. "That's a mighty fine painting, Mr. Ringling, but it's not a bit like you; it's not characteristic," drawled the comedian. Pressed to explain, Will quipped, "Because you've got your hand in your own pocket!" Everything else about the House of John is characteristic: It depicts wealth, good taste, imagination, color and a bit of showmanship. Really, Ringling himself hadn't cared for a mansion. Said he: "I would be satisfied with just a little bit of a place." But his bea utiful wife Mable wanted an outstanding structure, one that would remind her of Venice she adored so much. Guess who won? It cost more than $1,500,000 to build and furnish. The Ringlings moved into their home which dominates a 36 acre estate on Christmas D ay, 1926. But their happiness was short lived. Mrs. Ringling died three years later of Addison's disease. John Ringling remarried. He died in 1936. His estate was willed to the State of Florida. The second Mrs. Ringling contested. She got $1, the State go t the valuable properties.

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