Denny Shute was a professional golfer back in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Here is a biography of him from over on Wikipedia … he had won the PGA tournament back in the 1930’s twice and one year he had beat Jug McSpadden to win. I have a photo of Jug on a previous post with Ben Hogan and several other golfers. I do not know what course that he was playing on here in Pensacola when this photo was taken. It could have been the course out at the Pensacola Naval Air Station or it could have been Pensacola Country Club, but I really do not have any idea which course in the Pensacola area that this was taken. The photo was taken back in 1945, so there might be someone that remembers these golf pros coming through Pensacola playing exhibition golf. Feel free to search the site for my post on the other golfers … you might run across something else that interests you. Thanks again for looking … Frank
I have the negative for this image filed as ” Football Team – Unknown “. I feel that it is probably from Pensacola High School, but I cannot be positive. But what interests me is the team’s equipment … the helmets look to be made of leather and there is no protective bar on the front of the helmet. I do not know what you call this protective piece that is worn on all of the helmets now days. Look at player number “36” seated on the front row. He looks like he is sporting some type of bandage over his left eye … must have taken a really bad hit, but it did not stop him. On the back row there are several players ( #56 for one ) that look like they are wearing a helmet from back in the 1930’s or 40’s for sure. The stadium suggests that this could have been PHS, but like I mentioned I am not sure. I know that there a few views out there that could tell me if this is PHS or not and maybe they will speak out and tell us. I just found this negative recently and it was loose in a box with a lot of other negatives that had no information either. However, like I have mentioned earlier, my main purpose is to share images that my father made and to show a much simpler time / era. If someone has any information, well that is great … icing on the cake so to speak. If not, you have an idea what your parent’s and grandparent’s lived through and endured. So maybe we don’t have it so bad after all, eh? Thanks for looking and as always all comments are welcomed and appreciated … Please check back … Frank
Here is one more of the Indian dancers that I had posted sometime earlier. I ran across these negatives in a jewelery box of my mother’s and what they were doing in there I have no clue. I like the out of focus / movement that this image has … I just wish I knew something about the Indians – tribe, location, etc… – maybe someone will see something that they recognize and share it with us. I have been scanning these full-framed and have not bothered cropping it out, so I hope that does not bother or confuse you. Thanks for looking and please check back …Frank
Here is Old Faithful Geyser out in Yellowstone National Park. This was taken around 1957 and I am pretty sure that it looks the same today as it did 68 years ago when this image was taken. Here is a link to the Wikipedia site and it also shows some current images of the geyser and they look just like this. I would have imagined that the Park Service would have put some benches or seats somewhere around the area, but apparently they have not. I guess there is only so much you can do with a hole in the ground … sort of like Carlsbad Caverns. Just another hole in the ground, seen one your seen them all. The high light to me at Carlsbad is when all of the bats come screaming out of the opening … if you are not fore-warned, the noise that they make flying out is terrifying … imagine an Alfred Hitchcock movie, but real!! I have some other posts ready and one is long with a lot of photos – the fire on 12th Avenue back in 1975 when the block burnt down. That is all for now … thanks for looking and please check back … Frank
This first photo is of the harbor in Tangier and it shows the town of Tangier on the hill in the background. I am not all of that well read or up on the history of Morocco, but the place is very pretty and exotic. We were staying near Malaga in Spain and you would go down to Gibraltar and take a boat over to Northern Africa. The boat ride was a high-light of the trip to Tangier for me … you start out in the Mediterranean and head out into the Atlantic before you head south for Morocco. The next couple of images are around the streets of Tangier ..
I wish that I had more to share with you, but my father and I took this trip back in 1972 … where has the time gone? The next one is in a restaurant in the Kasbah.
How about the lighting in this place … that is correct, there is none. The food was not bad and the music was interesting, but I did not run out and buy and eight track of the band. The next several are back in Spain. The little girl with the cat was taken in Rodas Spain and the street was some where that I cannot remember … it is just an interesting place / image …
I thought that I would break-up the old Pensacola photos with something different and I have some more ready to go that I will throw up in the next few days. I have a long one ready about the fire that burnt down most block on August 17, 1975. It is ten or more images were I show the before, during and after the fire. It is interesting and has a lot of crowd shots … I have had them ready to go for a while, but just have not had the time to post all of them. Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank
I have started posting a large selection of items on Ebay …a lot of camera equipment, some old Annona yearbooks that were my father’s and other miscellaneous items that you cannot live without ( just kidding there ). I never realized that there was such a market for these old products until I was approached from several movie producers about using some old photos that I have posted in movies that they are making as background on walls, tables, etc. No, it was not Oprah or Spielberg or even a tv realty show on cable, and no, a deal was not made, but at least it opened my eyes to some possibilities that I never thought of before. Here is a link for the Annona yearbook that I have listed and I plan to put several other yearbooks on Ebay in the near future. This is something that I just started working on this week and I know that with just the photography equipment alone, it is going to take me a while to get rid of. And I plan to put a Vegamatic in it’s original package up this week .. a perfect gift for your special lady on Valentine’s Day. I have a cow’s skull that I advertised as a perfect gift for your mother-in-law … yeah, an excellent gift for her on Valentine’s Day. You will be her favorite son-in-law with a gift like that!! Thanks for looking … Frank
As usual, I do not know a thing about any of the girls in these photos. When I started working with my father at the studio, we used to photograph seven or eight ( maybe even more ) of these sorority groups in Pensacola. Most were service oriented and were affiliated with local high schools such as Pensacola High , Escambia and Woodham are the ones that come to my mind as I sit here typing this post. I am sure that there are more and to be perfectly honest with you, even the few that I remember, I do not think that I can spell their names. There was one at Escambia, Sans Perine, that I remember photographing for many years … in fact, I believe that Escambia High School seemed to have the most girl’s clubs. The above photo looks to have been taken at someone’s home outside on the lawn / patio. The other two photos were taken at Pensacola Country Club. I have no clue of the exact date, but these would have to have been made sometimes in the 1950’s. Maybe someone might recognize one of the girls in the photos and will let us know. Here are several more photos …
I have some more photos from this sorority that were taken at this same time that I will work-up and post at a later date. I do not remember when the Pensacola Country Club was laid out like this … the stairs are the same, but an entrance was made in back of where the girls in the front row are standing. If anyone remembers anything about the Entre Nous sorority, please let us hear from you. For those of you out there that do not speak French, Entre Nous means ” between ourselves “. And, no I do not speak French, but I am pretty fluent in ” Google “. Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank