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W R Jones Used Cars …

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The only thing that I am fairly sure of is that this car lot was on the corner of Garden and Pace Blvd ( and I am not even 100% sure of this being Pace and Garden ).  At one time this corner was the location for Astro Lincoln-Mercury before they moved out to Car City on Highway 29 North.  Here are several more views …

 

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The old cars are interesting to see and also look at all of the oil stains in the road…one thing that I have noticed from all of these road photos that I have worked on over the last few years is how much oil you find on the streets.  These cars back in the 1940′s and 50′s must have leaked oil like a sieve … I have often wondered if it could have been inferior gaskets made out of cork back in those days.  Whatever the problem, it was something that needed to be fixed.  Any comment about any of this is appreciated.  I have several more posts ready to go and I will put them up next week.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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November 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Concrete Supply Company …

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I do not know anything about Concrete Supply Company, I ran across these the other day and thought that they looked interesting.  It must have been a huge operation with all of the trucks that they operated.  These photos were made on August 24, 1956, or that was the date on the negative envelope.  The construction business in Pensacola must have been booming during this time for this company to maintain and operate so many trucks.  Here are a few more photos …

 

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I have no idea where this business was located, but it sure took up a lot of property somewhere in Pensacola.  If you have any information regarding this business or the concrete business in general, please feel free to share it with us.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Nurses At Sacred Heart Hospital In The 1940′s …

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Staying in the 1940′s, I scanned some prints that my father had made at the old Sacred Heart Hospital.  The three that I am posting are ones that I just scanned in the past several days … mostly because they did not require too much Photoshop work to get ready to put up on this site.  This first one has always been interesting to me and for some reason or another I have just never gotten around to scan it.  The next is a group of nurses on the steps out front of the hospital …

 

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Note all of the ivy on the walls out front of the hospital and also notice the round globe lights … I do not think that I have seen these before, maybe I have but I just do not recall at the moment.  The last one is of the nurses in the nursery with a newborn …

 

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Notice the ” S C ” on the nurses pocket that stands for ” Sister’s of Charity “, the order that ran the hospital.  I wish I had more information to share with you about these images, but maybe someone out there might recognize some of the nurses in these photos and know something to share with us.  I will say that these images from the 1940′s and earlier are all prints that I scan … that accounts for the color of the images, which I think is interesting.  I could take the color out in Photoshop, but for some reason I like the color and tone of the images.  I will not necessarily that they have aged this color as much as I believe some where printed on a ” warm ” tone paper.  The images that are more black and white might have been printed on a ” cold ” tone paper.  Thanks for looking and if you know anything about any of these images, please feel free to comment.  Thanks for looking … Frank

Fun on Pensacola Beach in the 1940′s …

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No, this was not staged recently to make it look like it was made back in the forties …it was actually  made sometime in the late 1940′s, I am not sure of the year.  Maybe some of could tell from the bathing suits that the girls are wearing.  The men’s suites look like they could have been bought with in the last few years.  I would guess that this shot was taken at Casino Beach looking at the buildings in the background.  I have one more beach photo …

 

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The above image was toned and I did not bother trying to make it match the previous group image.  As usual, I have no clue who any of the people in the photos are.  The only sure thing that I know is that they were made on Pensacola Beach.   The thing that really catches my eye is how wide the beach is in these photos … it looks as if it could be several blocks from the water to where the buildings start.  Now when you go to Pensacola Beach, in some areas it doesn’t seem to be a hundred feet from the road to the Gulf.  I bet there was not any beach re-nourishment program going on back then, in fact, I would wager that if you had told someone back in the 1940′s if you were going to spend millions of dollars to build the beach up … they would have said that it would only wash away in a year or so, if that long.  Better not let any of the ” brains ” on  the Santa Rosa Island Authority Board hear about that!  Next thing you know they will be subsidizing concerts on Pensacola Beach with tax-payers money!!!  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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November 12, 2014 at 11:21 am

Yogi Begging For Food …

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Yes, ladies and gentlemen … that is a bear ( it could be Yogi or maybe BooBoo ) stopping this car and is begging for food.  This was back in the 1940′s when bears were nice and friendly and you were not scared of a bear ripping your arm out it’s socket or attacking you for no apparent reason.  Why, I bet this bear would even let you rub his head and the worst thing that could happen would be him slobbering on you or giving you a big old bear kiss.  I long for the good old days … how about you?  I imagine that this was out in Yellowstone National Park or maybe Yosemite Park.  Let me hear you bear stories … I know that some of you out there have had to run across a friendly bear or two in your travels.  Thanks for looking and that is all for now … Frank

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November 7, 2014 at 6:29 pm

City of Baton Rouge …

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The name on this ferry says ” City of Baton Rouge ” and all of the vehicles look to be from the 1940′s.  This must have been from one of my father’s trips out West to see his sister.  I would guess that this is the Mississippi River just by the name of the car ferry.  I have no other information than what I have written and as usual, it could be all wrong.  Maybe someone viewing this blog might have some comment about this ferry’s location, etc, etc.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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November 7, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Nurses Out Front Of Sacred Heart Hospital 1940′s …

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These two nurses are standing out front on the lawn of the old Sacred Heart Hospital …in the background  to the left you see the base of the marble stairs.  As usual, I have no clue who these young ladies are.  I have had this photo lying around for years and have just never posted it for some unknown reason.  If anyone has a clue who these nurses are, please feel free to share it with us.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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