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Payne Park Photo Op

Photos: Sarasota History

Credit: Sarasota County History Center

Sarasota History - Payne Park Photo Op photo

A publicity photo taken in downtown Payne Park in Sarasota, Florida. When's the last time you saw and elephant and a pretty woman together in a baseball park? We're positive she is not the 'bat girl.'


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