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The Hardy Collection Negatives …

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Hardy Negative Boxes 2_ Best_6x4_ SFW

Several years ago, after I had culled through about eighty boxes or so of negatives that had been stored in a room off of my parent’s garage, I gave sixty boxes or so of negatives from the 1950’s and 60’s to what was then called The Pensacola Historical Society.  They in turn went through all of them and put them in new glassine sleeves and envelopes.  Personally, I can not believe all of the time that was spent on preserving all of these negatives.  You are looking at five rows with around twelve legal sized boxes per row.  These are from the 1950’s to the early 1960’s … maybe 1962.  I think I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I did not have a photo of all of the negatives cataloged by year.  I personally want to thank Jacquelyn Wilson for all of the time and effort she spent on undertaking this huge project … you are looking at easily over 100,000 negatives / images and this is just from twelve years or so.  If anyone has any questions about any of these negatives, feel free to contact the Historic Trust ( their new name since they are now part of The University of West Florida ) in downtown Pensacola with any of your questions… 850-595-5840.  They also have lots of archived images that you can look through and purchase for your own personal use.  Sure is a lot more personal way to decorate your home, your office or whatever area you have that you want to decorate. I still have thousands of negatives and those are what I have selected to put here on this blog.  You can also contact me and I can share with you what little I know … Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

Another Re-Worked Photo From The Past …

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Lonesome Highway 1  _ Better_9 Sept 14 _Overlay _ SFW

One more old Kodachrome image that I had scanned and put an over-lay texture over the image to give it more of an aged effect.  I also like the texture that is created on the image, but some of this is lost when I re-size and reduce an image for the web.  I wrote a post on my blog earlier today reminding my few readers that I also have this blog and to come over and check out the work that I have posted.  I get ten times as many viewers on this blog as I do on my personal blog, but I just wanted to make my viewers aware of all that I have posted on this site.  I have several things that I am working on for this site and one is adding a textured over-lay to some of the images that I thought might benefit from it.  The other I will share with you later when I get some images completed.

The next two things are a couple of web sites that I recently just ran across … the first shows you a list of old images and the background is Google Maps and you over-lay the image over it.  Here is a link to the site.  Type in ” Pensacola Florida ” and go to downtown Pensacola, find the corner of Palafox and Main Street where the new Artisan Apartment building is being built and find the old photo of Pensacola Restaurant Supply and lay it over the corner to see what it looked like back in the 1970’s … pretty neat effect if you ask me.  There is a list of of old buildings that you can do this to.  I uploaded one of my old Sacred Heart Hospital image with the nuns out front, but it said that there was no Google street-level view for the block between DeSoto and Brainerd Streets, which I knew was wrong.  Maybe I did something wrong, but go check it out.  The other site is The Florida Past project and a link is here.  I have not gone all through it but what little I did see was interesting.  Contact me with any comments or questions and let me hear from you … Thanks for looking … Frank

PS – I title all of my images, for what it is worth, and the one above is ” Road To No Where ” or maybe it is ” Lonesome Road To No Where ” or it could be ” On The Road With The Drifting Cowboys “.  Take your pick … not a car or a person in site.  How many of you can remember that canvas water bag that traveler’s used to hang off of their radiator for when your car over-heated in the desert?  And how about driving across the desert at night since it was too hot during the day?  I can remember sitting in the back seat of this old Buick by myself with the window rolled down, staring out the window looking out at the stars when all of a sudden a UFO comes flying by … I can see them like it was yesterday …  at least I thought it was a UFO and I was too young back then to even know what a UFO was back then.  More on that later … Thanks for stopping by …

 

 

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October 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Re-Worked Images …

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Bay Bridge _Plat and IR _ 4 Oct 14 _ Texture

No … I have not been in jail … or the hospital … or have I died …. I have just been busy with other things over the past few weeks and have not been posting any images recently.  One thing that I have been working on lately is re-working some of my images and putting a textured overlay on them.  I am surprised at how much you can change the look and feel of an image by just adding some texture in Photoshop.  The  ” old-school ” way was to do it in printing on textured paper, but you were also very limited by the few printing papers that you could select or by running the finished print through a texture-creating machine.  I have been doing some reading and found a technique that I that would be interesting and am starting to create some new images from old images.  The image above of Pensacola Bay around 1950 is an image that I thought would lend itself well to texturing and I think that it succeeded.  Also, a gift to my viewers, this image is an 8×10 full resolution sized file.  So if you want to down-load the file ( right click and Save as … ) you can make a print to keep.  Just call it an early Christmas gift.  Most of all of the other images on this blog are sized for the web for easy loading and viewing … nothing bothers me more than having to wait minutes for images to load because the photographer was not considerate enough to resize the image or images.  As usual, all comments are appreciated and welcomed.  Please check back, because I forgot to mention that I have been doing some scanning a lot of new negatives.  Thanks and please check back … Frank

Clubbs Junior High School …

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Clubbs Coranation 3  _ RTP_24 Sept 14 _ SFW

The date ( I believe ) is 1956.  Back then, schools used to put on these elaborate coronations and would crown a king and queen of the school.  Clubbs Junior High School on 12th Avenue used to have a ” King and Queen of Clubbs ” and would also have a court.  I would assume it was pretty much a popularity contest … the athletes and cheerleaders would make up half of court usually.  I did not know this until I talked to a friend of mine whose sister just happened to have been elected the ” Queen of Clubbs ”  a year or two after this coronation.  By the time I was in junior high school in the mid-1960’s, these coronations were a thing of the past.  At least they were at Wokman Junior High where I went.  This event was held in the auditorium at Clubbs.  By the time my friend’s sister was queen it had gotten so large, it was moved to the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Pensacola.  I have several bags full of negatives that I will go through and post in the future.  Here is the other view that I worked up …

 

Clubbs Coranation 2_OK_RTP_23 Sept 14 _ SFW

This one still needs some more work, but it is passable for the internet / blog.  It is not as sharp as I would like it to be.  I do not remember what years the other years are and I will find the bags and look.  If anyone out there happened to be in the audience at this year’s coronation, please share what you remember with us.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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September 25, 2014 at 9:05 am

Pensacola in the 1950’s …

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The first photo is one of Ginn’s Restaurant  that was on the corner of 12th Avenue and Gonzalez Streets.  You see the old Winn-Dixie Grocery Store to the west and the old Sacred Heart Hospital would be across 12th Avenue to the east just out of the frame of the photo.  This photo is a panorama image made with a Wide-Lux camera that my father owned and was burnt up in the fire, which will be another post very shortly.  Here is the image …

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How about that old Cadillac parked out front on 12th Avenue?    The next is just a parade shot from a Fiesta Parade back in 1955 … nothing spectacular about the image ( the Cadillac in this image is carrying the then Governor of Florida – LeRoy Collins )  and I have a better view somewhere in this blog already.  But the reason that I am mentioning that here and now is that I just found movie film that my father shot of the 1953 and 1954 Fiesta Parades.  Not the three inch reels , but full ten inch reels.  And in Color! No sound though.  I know that it can be transferred over to digital, but all of the quotes have been in the hundreds of dollars per reel and I am not that interested in spending the money right now.  However, that does not mean that I won’t in the future … we will have to just wait and see.  Here is the image …

1955 Fiesta Parade on Palafox

Just imagine all of those horses and riders and cars moving across the screen in COLOR!  For the time, this will have to do … but who knows what the future will bring?  I have posted quite a few images from this vantage point ( ground level ) that my father has taken in the past.  If you type ” LeRoy Collins ” in search field above on the right side, it should pop up … I have not tried it yet, but I am pretty sure it should because I know it is posted somewhere on this blog.

Thanks for taking the time and looking … I have been busy lately and I have neglected this site and my personal photography blog, but I have several ready to post and will get around to posting them shortly … Thanks for all the comments also … Frank

Logging Truck Accident …

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4_24_55 Log Truck_RTP 2  _ 1 Sept 14  SFW

This is one of the logging truck accident photos that I mentioned in my last post.  The coloring and texture over-lay is my doing … don’t ask why.  At the time II did this seven or eight months ago I thought that it looked sort of interesting, but now I do not know.  I did not feel like re-doing the image and you still get the point and besides the photo of the ” Gulfarium ” sign in the background looks interesting.  I just happened to run across this file as I was trying to clean-up my desktop … thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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September 1, 2014 at 10:47 am

Happy Labor Day 2014 …

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Gulf Southern Transport _ RTP _ SFW

I ran across these negatives maybe ten years ago and thought that they were some what interesting, but I just never did anything with them.  I really never had a reason for posting them and then yesterday, I ran across them again and thought that they be good for a Labor Day posting.  So here they are.  My father took these back in the mid – 1950’s in Flomaton, Alabama, which is just across the Florida Alabama line.  The lettering on the door of the Ford truck reads ” Gulf & Southern Transportation ”  and judging from the trailer they must be hauling lumber / wood.   Timber is still a big industry in this area of southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.  I know I have at least one post on this blog showing photos from a tractor trailer hauling trees accident  on a road in this area.  As usual, I know nothing about the truck driver in the photo, other than the fact that he is a hard working individual.  Here are several more photos …

 

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Gulf South Transport 2 _ RTP _ SFW

I made a mistake identifying the location of Gulf and Southern Transportation, I said that it was located in Flomaton and I should have said  ” South ” Flomation.  I honestly did not know that there was a South Flomaton.  For those of you who have never before been to Flomaton. it is maybe three blocks long ( and that is being generous ), but I made an error and wanted to correct it.  The one thing that I always remember about Flomaton is that’s  where we would go and catch the train when we would go to visit my uncle in Chicago.  After the railroad station in Pensacola was closed in the 1950’s ( see prior post ) and  you wanted to travel anywhere by train, you would drive to Flomation and catch the train there at the train station.  Well, that is all that I can think of to share with you about Flomaton today … if any one has any comments about trains, Flomaton, lumber or truck hauling, please share them with us.  I wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day … try not to work too hard today and please check back.  Stay out of trouble … Frank

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September 1, 2014 at 9:42 am

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