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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 …


Gulf South Transport 3 _ RTP _ SFW

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

Pensacola In The Early 1900’s …

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Escambia Hotel_SFW

These are images that someone had brought to me thirty years or so ago to copy and make prints.  I must have given the negatives to the person because all I have are the prints.  The thing that impressed me about these images was how sharp they were.  Whom ever the photographer was that photographed these scenes must have had an incredibly sharp lens, along with fact that were shot on 8×10 film.  I have seen 8×10 images that were no where near as sharp as these prints.  The prints that the person brought to me were contact prints, so I am sure that that played a part in the prints sharpness.  The image above was of the Escambia Hotel.  I have no idea where the hotel was located, but I would imagine that it was either in North Hill or in downtown Pensacola.  I also believe that these prints were taken somewhere around 1910.  The next one is of the train station in downtown Pensacola …


Pensacola Railroad Station _ SFW

This is the old L&N Train-Station in downtown Pensacola.  The Crown Plaza Hotel across from the Pensacola Bay Center on Garden Street is there now.  The street in the back of the station is Wright Street.  I can remember this station as a kid in the 1950’s.  I would go down there with my father and pick-up packages that would come in on the train.  The floor inside the station was black and white tile in these geometric patterns.  It was all open – no air conditioning – and I always remember it having lots of people coming and going, sitting around waiting for their train or to pick-up someone or moving packages all over the place.  I was too young to really understand what was going on, but it did fascinate me with all the activity.  The next image is one of Ferdinand Square on Palafox Street …


Pensacola_ Ferdinand Park_ SFW

The building on the left side of the frame is what today is called the TT Wentworth Museum.  At one time it was the Pensacola City Hall.  You can read the signs on the side of the buildings in this image and the ships in the harbor is visible.  This park is still pretty much today as it was over a hundred years ago, except with more foliage from the trees and the shrubs.  I do not put up many other photos from other photographers unless I think that the images are somewhat relevant to Pensacola or are related to other photographs that I have posted in the past.  And I think that these fall into that last category … anyone from Pensacola can relate to these images.  Thanks for looking and I have some more current images that I will post shortly.  As always, all comments are appreciated … so if anyone out there remembers the old L&N Train Station or the Escambia Hotel, please let us hear from you … Frank



Fiesta Car Wash …

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Fiesta Car Wash 1 _ 10x8 _ RTP _ SFW

I had posted something on the Fiesta Car Wash on the other blog, but I cannot remember ever posting anything on this blog.  There are more negatives on this car wash and I will post them when I run across them.  This was before my time, so I do not know where this car was located or anything about business in particular.  I have a lot of negatives that I need to scan and I plan on to in the not too distant future.  If anyone remembers the Fiesta Car Wash, let us hear from you.  Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

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August 28, 2014 at 11:52 am

Weeki Wachee Springs and Bok Tower Gardens …

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Here are several transparencies that I ran across recently from our trips to South Florida in the 1950’s and 60’s.  The first one is of one of the Mermaids from Weeki Wachee Springs.  Here  is a link to the Springs web site.  The place has an interesting history and it is still around today.  This is one of the mermaids that my father made in the under-sea theater on Kodachrome back in 1958 …

Weeki Watchi 1_RTP_Best _ SFW

The next is an exterior of Bok Tower at Bok Tower Gardens …

Bok Tower 1 _ RTP_ 4x6 _ SFW

And here is a link to the Bok Tower Gardens web site.  I had forgotten that this is the highest point in Florida at 298 feet.  Bok Tower is in Lake Wales Florida and I am sure that it has been fifty years since I have been to the Tower and Gardens.  I have been busy these past few weeks and have not had a chance to post much, but I have several ready to go and will get them up in the next few weeks.  One is on the fire back in 1975 that burnt the block down that my father’s studio was in on 12th Avenue.  The others are just random photos that I have scanned.  So please check back in the next several weeks.  If anyone remembers going to Weeki Wachee and seeing the Mermaids, feel free to comment … If any of you guys ever met and married a Weeki Wachee Mermaid, that is a story everyone would be dying to hear!  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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August 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

Muscogee Florida … Update – 22 July 14 …

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These photos were taken in Muscogee Florida in the early 1900’s and I do not know who made them.  My father was born in 1915 in Muscogee and lived there until 1925, when he, his mother, brother and sister moved to Pensacola since the mill – Southern States Lumber  Company – closed down.  I do not know who made these photographs or where my father got them from.  If anyone has any information to add to any of these photos, please leave a comment.  Also, if anyone has any information on Southern States Lumber Company or any other photographs, I am interested.  Below is a photo of the mill and the other is just a view of the Perdido River back around 1900 to 1910 …

Perdido Mill _ RTP _ SFW

Muscogee FL_Perdido River_RTP _ SFW

The photo of the Perdido Riv er is not much of a photo, but I think it shows how remote and isolated it was back in the early 1900’s in Muscogee.  Just a stone’s throw from where the mill was located is the International Paper plant today and the rest of Cantonement.  Next is a photo of my father and his first grade class …

Dads First Grade Class _ RTP _ SFW

The school in Muscogee was run by the lumber company for children of the mill’s employees and others that worked in businesses that had something to do with the mill.  When the mill closed down in 1925, so did Muscogee and that is when my father and his family moved to Pensacola.  Here are several photos of homes in the area …

Front of House _ RTP _ SFW

For some reason I want to say that this was the front of the boarding house that my grandmother ran in Muscogee for the mill.  When my father’s father died in 1918, the mill let my grandmother to continue to run the mill until 1925, when the town pretty much closed down.  Here are a couple more photos …

Hotel or Boarding House_RTP _ SFW

Maybe this was a view of the boarding house, since I think I remember my father saying the it was two story.  So, I am not sure what the first building is a photo of because it does not look like a two story building. UPDATE:   Yesterday, I went downtown to the Pensacola Historical Society and they have moved back into their refurnished office space in the Beacon Building in back of the Wentworth Museum.  They let me do some research on the Southern States Lumber Company and I saw an article that contained the front of the above building and it is the main office of the lumber company.  I was incorrect in thinking that it was the boarding house that my grandmother ran for the company.  The next photo is one that I believe was the post office in Muscogee …

Unknown House in Muscogee_PO Maybe_RTP _ SFW

There is a site that I found on Muscogee and here is a link to the site.  It has some interesting stories about Muscogee and it is about the only information that I have found on Muscogee on the web, other than just mentioning Muscogee by name.  The Pensacola Historical Society has some file on the mills and they are happy to direct you to it when you go downtown to their office in the Bowden Building.  Thirty years or so I remember a couple coming by the studio and talking to my father about a paper they were writing on Muscogee for a History class they were taking out at UWF.  I wish I could remember who they were, since most of the people who ever lived in Muscogee are deceased and not much has ever been written about the town.  If anyone knows anything about Muscogee, again, please let me hear from you or has any photos from the mill, I would like to see them.  Thanks for looking and I hope you check back … Frank


Hoffman Dance Group …

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These images are from a dance group that my father used to photograph out at the auditorium at Pensacola Naval Air Station.  He photographed this group for many years and I remember going out there with him when I was seven or eight.  I remember walking up and down the halls looking at all of the military photographs on the walls.  Nothing in particular other than how large and deserted the place was when I was out there.  I ran across these negatives recently and they were in fairly good shape and did not look like they would take me too long to get them ready to post.  There were quite a few negatives in the envelope, so I just randomly found six to clean-up and post.  I am not going to make any comments about any of them, so here it goes …

Hoffman Dance Group 1 _ 1956 _ RTP _ SFW

Hoffman Dance Group  2 _ 1956 _ RTP _ SFW

Hoffman Dance Group 6 _ 1956 _ RTP _ SFW

Hoffman Dance Group 5 _ 1956 _ RTP _ SFW

Hoffman Dance Group  4 _ 1956_ RTP _ SFW

Hoffman Dance Gruop 3  _ 1956 _ RTP _ SFW

The negative envelope said ” 1956 ” on it, but I am not sure about that date.  If it was 1956, I would have only been three and this would have been too young for me to have gone.  However, this was something that he could have photographed for many years and I did not go until later.  I do remember this fairly well and I am pretty sure that I went with him for several years a kid.  I would imagine that these children’s fathers were in the military or they worked out at the Naval Air Depot on base.  If anyone sees these photos and know anything about this ” Hoffman Dance Group “, please let us hear from you.  I am interested personally about who Ms. Hoffman is and how long that she had these dance recitals out on the base.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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July 14, 2014 at 9:04 am


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