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The Community Chest … Part One …..

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Community Chest  11  _ RTP _ 6 Nov 15 _ SFW

Several weeks ago the Pensacola News Journal printed an article by John Appleyard about the Community Chest.  The Community Chest later turned into the United Way.  It was an interesting article by Mr. Appleyard, as they all are.  I ran across these images years ago and set them aside … the only thing that interested me were all of the photos of the local ” movers and shakers “, since my father had taken the photos.  A lot of the names are very familiar to me and a few mean nothing to me, but that really does not mean anything since these images are sixty years old.  I was only two when these were taken.  There are a few images, so I am going to break these up into two posts.  Since I do not know anything much about the images, I am just going to post the images and leave out any comments to the end.  Here we go …


Community Chest  10 _ RTP _ 6 Nov 15 _ SFW

Community Chest  8   _ RTP _ 6 Nov 15 _ SFW


Community Chest  4  _ RTP _ 6 Nov 15 _ SFW

Community Chest  6  _ RTP _ SFW

None of the people standing in front of the tally boards are familiar to me … I recognize a lot of the names / faces of the the people on the boards.  I am sure some of you out there will be able to identify these of these people.  I also apologize for not being able to figure out how to put a link to Mr. Appleyard’s article in the Pensacola News Journal.  In fact, I am not sure if I would be allowed to since so many publications do not allow bloggers to link to their sites because of plagiarism laws.  Maybe someone out there will let me know how to link and if I am even allowed to.  Thanks again for looking and feel free to comment.  I will post the other images in a week or so … Frank

Bret Harte’s Cabin …

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Brett Hart Cabin_5x5_8 Aug 15 _ S F I

My father made this photo on one of his trips out west to visit his sister in the 1940’s and 50’s.  I Googled “Bret Harte” a while back and I think I remember it saying that he was a writer out in California.  Here is a link to his Wikipedia site and I was correct about him being a writer.  I have seen this old photo for fifty years and never really thought much about it, but I  scanned the print and decided to post it just because I had it ready.  The only significance to me is that this is my 400th post on this blog.  I would guess that I have over 600 photos posted and it could be more since many posts have more than two images and a few have over ten.  When I started I had only planned to put up one image per post, then I started finding more and more images that were related.  In an effort to streamline my posts, I just thought that it would be easier to include all of the images that were related.  My only real goal out of this blog was to just share all of these images that I came across as I sorted through the thousands that I had of my father’s.   At some point in time in the future, I am going to try and put together a book of a lot of these image and see what type of response I get.  But that is for another time … Thanks for looking and if anyone has been to see Bret Harte’s cabin, let us hear from you.  For all I know it might have fallen down or it might have gotten burned up in all of the fires that they are having all over the state of California.  And if anyone has read any of Mr. Harte’s books, let us know what you think.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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September 15, 2015 at 11:58 am

Bronson Field …

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Bronson Field 7 _ RTP _ 11 Sept 15 _ SFW

These are some negatives that I purchased on Ebay of local air base Bronson Field.  I am not exactly sure where Bronson Field was located, but I want to say it was located somewhere near Perdido Bay.  I might be completely wrong there and the people that I purchased them from were not exactly sure either.  I cropped this negative to show just the flight line and the plane that is taking off below …


Bronson Field 7 _ RTP _ 11 Sept 15 _Cropped _ SFW


There is one other negative that I received and it shows the control tower along with the planes …


Bronson Fileld Negative Scan_RTP_11 Sept 15 _ SFW

And like the one above, I cropped out everything and just showed the flight line …


Bronson Fileld Negative Scan_RTP_11 Sept 15_Cropped  _SFW

The photos are nothing really special and you can tell that they were taken by an amateur, but the old cars and planes are interesting.  If anyone runs across anymore images like these on Ebay or anywhere else, please let me know.  I used to look on Ebay, but you can end up wasting a lot of time with just the shear volume that is on the site.  Most of it, to me, is a lot of junk / mess that people think are really valuable and exciting and I am not good at filtering it out.  Also, if you run across something at a flea market locally let me know.  Thanks again and if anyone knows something about Bronson Field, let us know … Frank



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September 15, 2015 at 11:37 am

Ice Machine …

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Ice Machine_5x5_8 Sept 15 _ SFW

I ran across this image years ago and did not pay attention to it until just the other day.  I had not noticed the ” 25 cents bag ” written on the door of the unit.  This had to have been taken back in the 1950’s and I do not where the machine was located.  You can tell that someone must have backed into it and they are filling an insurance claim on the unit for my father to have taken a photo of the ice machine.  It looks like it was located in front of a liquor store because those look like pints and half pints on the shelves on the right side of the frame.  I have been busy with other things the last several months ( one being Instagram – frankphardy ) and I have not posted much the last several months, but I am going to renew it for another year in a few weeks.  If anyone has any questions or comments, please let me hear them.  Thanks again for looking … Frank

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September 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Olive Baptist Church Choir …

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Olive Baptist Choir _ 1977 _ 5x5_RTP_24 Aug 15 _ SFW

This is the adult choir at Olive Baptist Church back in the late 1970’s.  This used to be a part of our business that used to be a good part of our business was photographing these large groups of people.  I would say that we would photograph forty or fifty groups a year back in the 1970’s and 80’s.  Around the mid-1980’s, the market changed and the camera manufactures started selling better quality amateur cameras and one hour photo processors opened.  We did not sell many individual photos to the members in these type of groups, but we did do well with high school reunions, family reunions and the like.  But when the 1990’s hit, most of these groups either had a church member or a family member or a close friend that had a “nice” camera and made photos.

Thanks for looking and please check back.  I have been busy with other things this past summer and have neglected my blogs, but I still have a lot of photos that I want to post, so please bear with me. Thanks again … Frank

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August 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Easter Sunrise Service in Pensacola at Bayview Park on Bayou Texar …

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Sunrise Service 1956 _ RTP _ 31 July 15 _ SFW

This post is going to be all over place … Going from Bayview Park on Bayou Texar to First Baptist’s new church building on Palafox Street, so please bear with me on this.  But at least you are going to see some interesting images that I do not think that I have posted before or if I have it was years ago.  Here we go … the other day Troy Moon from the Pensacola News Journal wrote an article about some group wanting to remove the cross at Bayview Park on Bayou Texar. The cross sits on the site where the Easter Sunrise Services were first held and the group wants the cross aken down because it offends them – my words not Troy’s.  I do not have any photos of the cross, but I do have photos from one of the Easter Sunrise Services that was held on the site from back in the 1950’s.  The First Baptist Church of Pensacola held the services and it was widely attended by thousands of people and I can remember going with my parents and having a good time as a kid. The choir’s sashes have ” PHS ” on them, so I am assuming them to be from Pensacola High School.  That could never happen today …. a public school participating in a Christian Church’s function would most likely take an act of Congress in these times for that to happen.  But I will not go there … Here is another view of the stage –

Sunrise Service 1956_2 _ RTP _ 31 July 15 _ SFW

Apparently First Baptist Church was in a growth spirt at this time and they were out growing the building that they had been in and had decided to build a new sanctuary on Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola.  I know that I have photos of the original church and congregation in older posts, so if you want to search them here on the blog, please feel free.  So they must have been doing something right at the Easter Services since the church was attracting new members.  Now this is where I shift gears and go to some ground breaking photos on Palafox …

Man with Shovel_SFW_31 July 15

Lady with Shovel_SFW_31 July 15

I have no idea who these people are and I have other photos from the ground – breaking, but these were handy and ready.  Now I am going to move onto some the new sanctuary photographs …

First Baptist _Interior 2_SFW _ 31 JUly 15

First Baptist Dedication Day 1_Cropped_SFW_31 July 15

The second image is a panorama view from the first service held in the new church sanctuary.  I have a photo of Reverend Jim Pleitz that I ran across and I am embarrassed to admit that I do not know if he was here when the new church was built, but I am sure that someone out there can tell us …

Jim Pleitz 2 _ RTP_31 July 15 _ SFW

And the last photo is a view of downtown Pensacola with a sign and a cross adverting the Easter Sunrise Service at Bayview Park.  You know that would never be allowed today, since no telling how many people that it would offend today.  I want to thank Troy Moon for writing the article and it would be worth your time to read it and see how ridiculous this group’s request is.  Whatever happened to if you do not like something, just turning your head until you pass or just not going there to begin with.  I guess that the people who like the cross’s meaning and beauty have no say so in this issue.  Here is the Pensacola downtown photo …

Pensacola Downtown_1955_56_RTP _ SFW

Thanks to Troy Moon for writing the article and I am sure he will keep us posted with the group’s progress in demolishing / taking-down the cross.  Stay safe … it is a crazy world out there!!!  That is it for me.  Feel free to comment and please check back and please read the PNJ … Who knows, maybe Andy Marlette will draw a cartoon with Mayor Ashton with a hammer and chisel taking down the cross and the City Council picking up the pieces and hauling them off in Councilman May’s truck.

1930’s Delchamps Basketball Team …

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Delchamps BasketBall Team _10x8_RTP_14 July 15 _ SFW

Back in the 1930’s, my father worked at Delchamps Grocery store when it was located at the corner of Garden and Baylen Streets.  He played on their basketball team and he is the guy standing, second on the right side of the photograph.  This photo might have been taken between 1932 and 1934.  He graduated from PHS in 1934, so I know that it was not after that time.  The photo was taken in the old gym that was located on the corner of Baylen and Belmont Streets, but it is no longer there.  Note the walk-around that surrounds the court behind the backboard.  I scanned this photo years ago and have been looking for it because it has the names of all of the players written on the back.  I am sure that there are some “old-timers” out there that will recognize some of the names.  Carter Photography on Palafox in downtown Pensacola made the photograph, but I just put my tag on it for identification.  This is also the original tone of the photograph and I did not bother to alter the color just because it looked interesting to me.  If anyone has any photographs of this old basketball gym, I would like to see them.  I am not sure if the building might have been the original YMCA before it moved to it’s present location on Palafox, but if anyone knows please comment.  Thanks for looking and as always, all comments are welcomed and appreciated.  Check back … Frank

OK … I have found the back of the above photo with the name of the players:

Back of Basketball Photo _ 8x10_24 Aug 15 _ SFW

The names are as follows: from the left – Delmar Jones, Clarence Dannelly, Murdock Campbell, Albert Swain, Mr Roberds_Manager, Mr Aiken_Frank’s Boss, Albert McLellan, Frank Hardy, Jack Britton.

Some of the names of the players I recognize – McLellan, Campbell, Dannelly are all familiar to me.  If anyone recognizes any of the other names, let me know.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank


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