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Santa Rosa Court House …

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This is the old Santa Rosa Court House over in Milton Florida.  This was before my time, so I have nothing to offer.  This is from a set of photographs that my father made in the 1950’s, when then Gov. Dan McCarty was in office.  He was only governor for 6 months or so because he died a natural death in office.  I am working on getting those negatives worked up and I will post them in the near future.  Thanks for looking …

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August 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Paper Machine From the 1950’s …

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This was made back in the 1950’s, or it could have the 1940’s, but I am going to say the 50’s.  It is a newspaper printing machine, I believe.  This could have been made down at the Pensacola News Journal printing plant in downtown Pensacola.  I am sorry that I do not have any “real” information on this photo, but if anyone can enlighten us, be our guest.  Thanks for looking …

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August 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm

The Holland Hotel in Alpine Texas …

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This is one from the old site.  My father used to drive out Hwy 90 to visit his sister in Los Angeles in the 1940’s.  This hotel is in Alpine Texas.  I never could figure out why he might have been in Alpine Texas until I looked at a road atlas and saw that Hwy 90 ran through this town.  Can you imagine driving from Pensacola to LA on a two lane highway?   Welcome to road travel before the interstate!  I personally have a hard time imagining driving for more than several hundred miles on county roads before I have to jump back on the interstate.  I like the backroads, but after 3 or 4 hours of 50 mph, I get a little bored and have to jump back on the big ” I ” .   All comments are welcomed … thanks for looking ,,,

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August 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Palafox Street around 1925 …

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This is  Palafox Street looking north from around Wright Street.  The building that you see up on the right side about a block used to be the old YMCA building.   The hill looks a lot steeper today than it did back around 1924 or 1925 when this photograph was made.  This is one that someone had brought to me to copy and I saved a negative for myself.  I have no idea who the photographer was since there were no markings on the print.  Notice that the street was paved with bricks.  You can barely make out the Confederate Monument at the top of the hill.

NOTE:  If you click on the photograph, it will open up on it’s own page.  I uploaded this image as an 8×10, so you can see all the detail in the print.  The majority of the images I upload are sized as 4×5’s and are low resolution for the web.  This image is a much larger file, however it took a while for it to upload and is a large file … too large really for the internet, since it takes longer for it to load.  I thought I would just let you know, in case you never bother to click on the image to see it enlarged.  Thanks … Frank

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August 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Waters & Hibbert Funeral Home …

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Waters and Hibbert Funeral Home is still located down at the corner of  Gregory and Spring Streets.  This was made sometime in the 1950’s … back when the Greyhound Bus Station was next door on the corner of Gregory and Baylen Streets.  I have a photo that I made of the Bus Station in the 1970’s somewhere around here that I will find, so that you will have a better idea of the location.  Thanks for looking …

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August 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Tucker Taxi Building …

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This building looks to be down on Gregory Street … the building in the background looks to be the old L&N Railway Station which is now a hotel across from the Pensacola Civic Center.   Not really much to say about the photo.  Anyone have a comment, please let us hear it.  Thanks for looking …

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August 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Taylor Hardware …

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Not exactly sure where this store was located, but I am sure that it was located in downtown Pensacola.  For some reason I want to say it is Garden and Jefferson Street, but that is only a guess.   If anyone has a clue, please let us know.  Thanks for looking …

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August 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Ted Weems …

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Ted Weems was a big band leader from Dallas Texas back in the 1950’s and 60’s.  This photo was made in the stairwell at the Town House Motor Lodge that I have mentioned in earlier posts.  You can see other photos of John Wayne, “Doc and Kitty” from the tv show Gunsmoke and others on the wall in back of him.  The photo above had been on the old site … the photo below is one that I have just recently come across and worked up.  It was made in the dining room of the Town House.

I do not know any of the details of why he was here at this time.  If anyone remembers anything about his visit to Pensacola or the exact time, please let us know.   Thanks for looking …

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August 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Liberace Arriving in Pensacola …

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This is Liberace arriving in Pensacola back in the 1960’s.  He used to come to Pensacola to buy antiques from several dealers in the area.  One of them was my father’s friend, Ada Wilson, who would always tell my dad when Liberace was coming to town so that he could take some photos of him.  I will share a story  that my father shared with Liberace about seeing him in Chicago in the late 1930’s when I have more time.  Thanks for looking …

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August 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

The Hair – O – Plane …

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” Excuse me Miss … that is a very attractive airplane you are wearing today on your head. ”

” Why, thank you sir … it is the newest rage in Pensacola Florida.  It is called the Hair-O-Plane and the stews on Eastern Airlines are all wearing them.  I thought that if I were to where one, I might be hired by Eastern Airlines … that is my dream job!  Just think of all the celebrities you get to meet in the friendly skies. ”

Obviously, that is just me trying to be funny, but you really have to wonder what someone was thinking when  the Hair-O-Plane was created.  Eastern Airlines must have put on a fashion show and this could have been the highlight of the show.  The background is the San Carlos Hotel for both of  these photographs.  I wish I knew something about the photos … who the model is, did she get to wear the Hair-O-Plane home, did she get paid or did she have to pay them, and who the hair stylist / airplane designer was … did she or he go on to a famous career out in Hollywood or did their career  ” crash and burn ” with the Hair-O-Plane. Inquiring minds want to know!   Here is the other photo …

If anyone knows the answers to any of the before mentioned questions, please share them with us.  When I posted them on the other site I do not believe that I received one comment.  I was sure that someone would have made some type of remark about the Hair-O-Plane.  I surely thought that there would have been a couple of Eastern Airline Stews from the 1960’s that were just dying to share their stories with this fashion statement.  So please do not be shy, no one here is out to judge or make fun of your sense of style.  Thanks for looking …

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August 14, 2011 at 10:59 am

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