Old Photos are Blast from the City’s Past

Girls at Coral Springs festival, 1983 – by Steven Martin

By: Sharon Aron Baron

As we wrap up our 50th Anniversary celebrations this year, there is still so much of Coral Springs to discover and remember.

It’s hard to believe that a couple of generations have grown up in this city and attended our schools, and now many of their children are growing up here as well.

As a teenager living in Coral Springs from 1979 to 1985, Steven Martin took up photography. During this time, Martin captured many fascinating images of our residents and has posted them online where they have received thousands of views.

“I was in my late teens and early 20s at the time, so many of my subjects, as you can see from my Flickr site, were of fellow teens and kids that lived around me,” said Martin.

What’s so unique are the quality of the photos and how they clearly show the fashion trends from 30 years ago.

Having graduated from high school before moving here with his family, Martin lived close to Coral Springs High School where his sister attended.  He went to Broward Community College and eventually moved to Lake Worth in 1985 to be closer to his job at Motorola.

Currently living in Texas, Martin has lost contact with those that he shot in the photos.  He has visited Coral Springs several times, once where he visited a festival in the early 1990’s which also can be seen on Flickr.

Whether or not you have grown up here, you’ll find these images a fascinating look back into our past.

Girls at festival, Coral Springs, 1983 – by Steven Martin

Julie C. December 1981  – This is the first color photo I took. In my photography class at the time, I used black-and-white film. I got Julie, the neighborhood girl, to be the first person I photographed in color. Julie was about 12 at the time. She would pose for a number of later photographs. – by Steven Martin

Neighbor Visitor Girl ’83 This girl, I believe her name was Laura, was visiting with some neighbors in 1983. – by Steven Martin

Neighborhood Kids playing, 1984 The boy, Jamie, stretches while a girl is about to kick him. – Photo by Steven Martin

Fashionable Girl, Hollywood Beach, 1985 The girl on the left could be a poster girl for Eighties fashion, especially with her big hair. Girl on right holds a pink radio. – Photo by Steven Martin

Girl at Coral Springs festival, 1983 – by Steven Martin

Julie and friend pose, 1982 – My pretty teenage neighbor from the ’80s pose with another friend of hers. – Photo by Steven Martin


Women at festival booth, Coral Springs, 1983 The woman on the right paid only scant attention to me. – Photo by Steven Martin

John in Fashion Pose, 1984 John shows off his idea of fashion for the ’80s. – Photo by Steven Martin


Couple playing video games, 1983 Taken at a flea market, Margate, Florida. – by Steven Martin

If you would like to see more photos by Steven Martin, please visit him on Flickr: StevenM_61.

Do you have old photos you would like to share of your home, school or family life back in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s?  Then send them to Coral Springs Talk.

This article was originally printed in June 2012


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Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron
Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.

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