Frank Hardy Made My Photographs Two

Out West Again …

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Gold Panning 2 _ RTP _ 5x5 _ SFW

I believe that the above image was taken somewhere in Colorado, but where I have no idea.  It was taken in the late 1950’s … I cannot make out the writing on the bottom of the sign so there might be a clue written on it.  The town looks remote and isolated.  You see no signs for gas and this was obviously a time before convenience stores.  Isn’t hard to remember a time when there were no Tom Thumbs or Seven-Elevens or Quik Marts?  The kids today sure cannot!  This little town does not look to even have a strip mall … now that is hard to believe!!  I believe that the idea for strip malls was hatched in Florida.  I might need a fact check on my last statement, however with all of the strip malls we have in Florida and so many of them look to have been built in the early 1960’s, I am pretty sure that I am correct.  Now, moving on to California …

 

Coast Road US 1 _ RTP 2_ 14 Nov 14  SFW

Pacific Coast  2 _ Cleaned Up _ RTP _ Best _ SFW

Pacific Coast 1955 _ RTP _ 12 Aug 14  _ SFW

Pacific Coast _ Almost RTP_ 14 Nov 14 SFW

The drive along the Pacific Ocean looks like this now – for the most part – as it did back in the 1950’s.  The only difference is that the road has been repaved and maybe these turn a rounds have been surfaced … how about that old Buick.  Could you imagine driving across the United States in a car that was not air conditioned?  No, I did not think so.  We have all gotten soft and spoiled.  Ok, ok , I am not talking about everyone … I am sure that there are a handful of you out there that could, especially you motorcycle riders.   I can remember on some of these trips out west when we would wait until the sun went down to drive across the desert for fear of the car over-heating.  I used to sit in the back with the window down staring out at the stars for hours.  Then I would spot a little disk with a lighted dome on top flying across the sky and think that Eastern has sure come up with weird new planes… Thanks for looking and if you have any comments or questions, I want to hear them.

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June 12, 2015 at 9:01 am

Hygeia Bottling Company for Coca-Cola in Pensacola Florida …

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Coke Plant 4_RTP_5x5_7 June 15 _SFW

I have had this image sitting around for years and was surprised that I had not posted it yet.  I went back through 390 something posts and could not find where I had put it up, so I decided to post it.  The Hygeia Bottling Company had the franchise to produce and bottle Coca-Cola in Pensacola Florida when Coca-Cola first came out. I obviously did not take this photo or did my father … someone had brought me a photo to copy and I just saved me a negative.  That was over thirty years ago and so I can not remember who, why or what for, but it must have impressed to save a negative.  I have no clue where this is in Pensacola or the year the photograph was taken.  Maybe if someone could tell the make and model of the car on the right hand side of the image, we could establish a year for the photograph.  I wonder if this is the train tracks that run parallel to Wright Street or the tracks out on Border Street in Brownsville.  One more thing, I have started using my Instagram account and posting all different examples of my photography and these photographs from this site.  Some images have not been posted on either blog yet, so it is just not repackaged or redesigned images for Instagram.  I am just trying to find new ways to attract viewers to my blogs and create new interest in my photography.  I have enjoyed posting on Instagram since you get instant responses and there are a lot of new people that I can be exposed to that I otherwise would not.  I still do not have a Facebook site for my photography and somewhere I am going to get around to putting one up.  I really like my blogs and the people that I have reached through them and I have no plan of slowing down, even though that I have had them for years.  It seems that people are so fickle now days and what is popular today will not be two or three years from now.  Thanks again for looking and if anyone knows anything about this image, please let us hear from you.  Also, if anyone has seen this image before, let me know.  Please check back … Frank

Out West With The Hardy Family …

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Indians 1 _RTP_5x7_2 June 15 _SFW

I have posted some of these type images earlier, so when I ran across this one I thought that I would throw it up.  The next image is one with my mother, me and a friend who’s family traveled out to Denver with us.  I am the littlest ” paleface ” in the photo.  I wish that I could say that I remember this event in my life and have something to share with you, but I was too young.  Here we are …

 

Us and Indians 3  _RTP_5x5_2 June 15_SFW

I am not really sure where these were taken, but I would guess New Mexico.  Thanks for looking and I have been busy with other things this month and have neglected my blogs.  But I have been working on posts for this blog and my photography blog, so do not dessert me.  Thanks for looking and please check back.  If anyone has a clue where these photos were taken, please let us hear from you …

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June 2, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Ronald Reagan Aboard Leadership 80 at the Pensacola Regional Airport …

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Crowd at Reagan Plan 1 _ RTP 2_ 7 May 15  _ SFW

Reagan at Plane_Image Printed_11_WIP 3_7 May 15 copy_ SFW

Even though I posted these here on my father’s site, I made these photographs back in September 1980 when then citizen Reagan swung through Pensacola on a campaign tour for President.   With Citizen Regan, you could walk-up to the plane without being hassled ( too badly, but that is another story ) and take photos and wave at the future President of The United States.  Since I made these, I am posting them over on my photography site.  Here  is a link to my site.  Read what I posted and you will see that there is much more to come.  Thanks for looking and please click on the link to take you over to my site.  Thanks for lookinga nd please check back …

Twelfth Avenue Fire …

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12 Ave Looking South _ 1956_6x4_3 Jan 14_ SFW

On Sunday August 17, 1975, a fire destroyed this entire block. It was a Sunday morning around 11:00 when it started in the freezer of Exotic Florist.  There was an electrical short in the wiring of the freezer that held Exotic’s flowers.  This building was built sometime in the early 1950’s and the building code did not require fire walls between the offices … since there was no fire wall, all of the units shared a common attic.  Once the fire got into the attic, it was just a short time until all of the businesses where consumed in fire.  My father happened to be there at the time and was able to grab a few cameras and save them, but everything else in his studio was completely destroyed.  The following is a photographic story of the fire, the aftermath and the rebuilding of the block.  There are a lot of photos and they really need no explanation, so I won’t bother you with any …

Fire 2 _ RTP _ SFW

Fire 2 _ RTP _ 5 Mar 15 _ SFW

Fire _Looking South_RTP _SFW

Fire Crowd  _ RTP _ SFW

Start of Fire _ RTP _ SFW

Studio Fire 3 _ RTP_12 Nov 14 _ SFW

Studio Fire 18  _ RTP _SFW Add MediaStudio on Fire _ RTP _ SFW

Studio Fire  2  _ RTP  _ SFW

Studio Fire  20  _ RTP  _ SFW

Studio in Smoke _ RTP _ SFW

Studio After Fire Put Out _ RTP_ SFW

Fire Out _ RTP _ Best _ SFW

Studio Burned Out _ RTP _ SFW

Studio Fire  9  _ RTP   _ SFW

Studio Fire 1 _ BW _ RTP_SFW

I tried to enter the photographs in some type of sequence starting down at Exotic Florist and then moving north up 12th Avenue through the rest of the businesses.  The entire fire from start to finish only took an hour or so.  The firemen did an excellent job in getting the fire out and luckily they were able to save the Winn-Dixie grocery store.  Now the next photograph is the clean-up several days later …

Studio Burned _ RTP _ SFW

There was an alley between the grocery store and the building that burned, so I am sure that was the reason that Winn-Dixie did not burn.  But it did have smoke and some water damage.  The above photo was taken the following week and I am not sure of the date.  The Moulton’s owned the property and cleaned up the damage within a week or so.  Now, the next images are of the new building that was built within six months of the fire …

12th and Gonzalez Street   _ RTP_12 Nov 14 SFW

Aerial view of 12th and Gonzalez_SFW

The aerial photograph is one that I made years later, but I thought that it added something to the rest of the images.  The only businesses that went back in were Dr. Hoyt, Fischler Framing and my father.  This new building was completed by February 1976.  He had moved across the street to a vacant building on Gonzalez Street and this is where he had started his business in 1948.  There are several other photos that I might throw up later, but this is the majority of the images that I have collected / found through the years. The Pensacola News Journal did an article on my father and the fire, but I do not know if I am allowed to publish the photos and the write-up, with copyright laws and such.  Speaking of which, there is a local hospital that has been using my photos in their centennial advertisements without my permission or compensation, but that is a whole other story.  Thanks for looking and please check back.  Also, if anyone remembers the fire and happened to around when the fire started, I would like to hear from you … Frank.  I will leave you with one more view across the parking lot looking North.

Old Sacred Heart Hospital  _ 5x4_ RTP   SFW

The West Florida History Center and University Archives …

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Maxi s  Liquor Store _ RTP_ 21 April 15_SFW

The above image of ” Maxey’s Liquors ” is by the photographer Cottrell taken back in the 1920’s.  You can find it in the West Florida History Center and University Archives out at the John C. Pace Library on the UWF campus.  You can find these images on line here and other images from the UWF archives.  These images have been scanned and are online for your browsing convenience.  The files are high-resolution and not just low-resolution scans for the internet.  I was really impressed with all that is out at UWF and the archives are located in the basement of the library.  Anyone is welcome to use the facility and I talked to Stephanie Johnson when I was there.  There are other people in this department if she is busy.  The above photo of Maxey’s Liquors was just one that caught my attention because this business was located on Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola about where the Tin Cow Restaurant is now located.  The L&L Pawn Shop next door was where my father used to have his wedding albums gold-stamped with the bride and groom’s name.  I can remember the inside of this store like it was yesterday.  Even though my father did not make theses images, I thought there would be readers of this blog would be interested in knowing that these archives are online and available to everyone.  The photo below is of Gilmore’s Furniture and Jewelery Store located on Palafox Street about where the Rex Theater was located before it was converted into a church / spiritual center …

 

Cottrell Collection - 308_ WIP_21 April 15_SFW

At some point, maybe the 1950’s, this business relocated to the 400 block of Garden Street.  I have an image somewhere on this blog that my father had made of the new Glimore’s building at night.  Just type ” Gilmore ” into the search area on this blog and the post should come up.  There are literally thousands of images on this UWF site from lots of various photographers and places.  I have a phone number ( 850-474-2794 ) for Stephanie Johnson out at the archive department if anyone has any questions or comments.  I knew that this archive was out there, but I had no idea how large it is and how easy it is to access.  There are a lot of people that are interested in local history and this is just one more place for them to go and research or just to view all of the images.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Port of Pensacola …

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Pensacola Port 1956 _ RTP _ 13 April 15 _ SFW

Here are some more images of the Port of Pensacola from back in the 1950’s.  I had posted some others a year or so back of men working in this warehouse that I thought looked fairly interesting..  There are some more but they are mostly of people at what looks to be a cocktail party or something and I do not know who any of the people are in them.  Here we go …

 

Pensacola Port 1956 _ RTP _ 13 April 15 _ SFW2

Pensacola Port 1956 _ RTP_13 April 15 _ SFW

A primary product at the Port of Pensacola during this time was fertilizer I have been told.  Not really sure if it was imported or exported, but I am sure that someone out there will know and can enlighten us.  One thing that I do not want to hear is how the Port has been awash in red – ink for the last fifty years … I am fairly sure that the Port was in the black for a few years back in the 1960’s.  I also do not want to hear from any nay-sayers that the Port should be closed down and made into condos like that did at the foot of Palafox Street.  That project has turned out great or at least it looks great.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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