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Southern Bell Wall Phone …

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These are several new photos that I have never posted before.  The one above shows this service technician installing a wall phone.  This was made in the early 1950’s, so this could have been for an ad showing the new ” wall phone ” from Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company.  How many of you out there can remember when the phone company was named that?  And I am sure that black was the only color that it came in.  Here is one more photo …

Notice how the lady of the house is having to use the hand – crank on the side to power the telephone?  The marvels of new technology!  Next thing you know Southern Bell will be offering different colors in this wall phone, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves now.  This was before my time, so if anyone remembers these phones, please let us hear from you.  Thanks for looking …

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April 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

Veteran’s Gas Company …

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This building is located on Pace Blvd, just a couple of blocks north of Cervantes Street.  It is not called Veteran’s Gas anymore and I cannot remember the business’ new name.  I have several interior views that I will post later when I get them worked -up.   Thanks for looking …

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April 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

Morrison’s Cafeteria …

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How many of you can remember Morrison’s Cafeteria down on Romana  and Jefferson Streets?   I can, but I cannot remember it ever looking like this.  They must have remodeled it in the 1960’s, because I do not remember it ever looking like this.  On the left side of this photo, you can see the old Pensacola Buggy Works Automobile Dealership in the background that was owned by the Turner family.  It is now a parking lot for Seville Quarter.  Below is another view of the exterior of Morrison’s …

I had posted these two photos above on my old blog, the two below are new.  I have found several others, but they need some work and I will get to them later.  First, here is one of the dining room …

I never remember the dining room looking like this.  I am not sure of the year, but I would imagine that it was sometime in the 1950’s.  Next is one of the kitchen …

It looks as if one of the ladies in the back on the right side is sitting down shelling peas or peeling potatoes.  This was before the day of everything being processed and frozen, so everything had to fresh from the farm.  All comments are welcomed, so feel free to share them with us and thanks for looking …

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April 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

The Press Corps …

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I have ran across this negative for years and for some reason or another, have never bother to scan it until just the other day.  This looks like it was taken out at Pensacola Beach in the 1940’s maybe.  It could have been at one of the fights that was held out at the Casino or it could have been at one of the beauty contests put on at the Casino.  Check out the old Speed-Grafex that guy kneeling is holding … I have parts of one just like it over at my barn.  And check out the guy with the Bolex movie camera, my father had one just like it.  In fact, I have reels of film that my father made that I would like to have converted to DVD’s, but I know that it would cost a small fortune.  The guys hanging around look like they would be in style today … that guy’s bathing suit looks like something surfer’s would wear today.  If anyone recognizes any of the people in the photo let us hear from you … thanks for looking …

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April 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm

First Methodist Church …

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This photo of the First Methodist Church in downtown Pensacola Florida must have been made around 1920 or so … and that is just a guess on my part.  This image was made from a copy negative that I scanned years ago, in fact, I do not remember it all.  So I do not know where it came from and I hesitate to say that my father made this photo … he was born in 1915 and this had to have been made around that time.  Notice that there are trees out front and there is no railing on the front steps.  I have never seen this photo anywhere before and I have seen a lot of photos showing the different ” stages ” of First Methodist  Church on Wright Street in Pensacola Florida.  Maybe some First Methodist Historian can give us a clue.  Thanks for looking …

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April 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Irene’s Beauty Shop …

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Here are several panorama photographs that my father made with the Wide-Lux camera that he had.  I know nothing about this business, Irene’s Beauty Shop, so anything that anyone can share with us is appreciated.  These were made back in the 1950’s sometime.  Here is another view …

This obviously is the front of the store and the other photo showed the back where all of the “stylists” worked.  Back in the 1950’s I believed that they were called ” beauticians” then and you very rarely hear that word mentioned today … at least I have not heard anyone say it in the last 20 years or so, maybe more.   If anyone remembers ” Irene’s Beauty Shop – Store “, please share it with us.  Thanks for looking …

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April 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

Bob Hope …

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This is one of Bob Hope that my father made from back in the late 1970’s when he came to Pensacola to play in the Pensacola Open Golf Tournament.  This was out at Perdido Bay Country Club when the tournament was held there.  Do not know who the man riding with Bob Hope is … so I do not know if it is he or Mr. Hope who is the Alabama fan.  Maybe both!  Thanks for looking …

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April 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

Skipper’s …

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Before Skipper’s was a dive shop, it was a fishing tackle store.  I do not remember it as a fishing tackle store … I just remember it as a dive store.  In fact I got my diving certificate from Joe Kingry ( the owner ) back in 1969 … 43 year ago.  I have not been scuba diving in years, but I have snorkeled down in Belize in the last 7 or 8 years.  One good thing about getting your scuba diving certification is that it is good for life, so you can rent scuba gear wherever you travel.  In fact that reminds me to go find my scuba card …

Thanks for looking and as usual, all comments are welcome …

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April 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

Downtown in a Hurricane …

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This is looking west at the intersection of Garden Street and Palafox Street.  You see the Blount Building on the left side of the photo and the corner of the San Carlos is on the right side.  Next to the Blount Building is Marston – Quina Furniture store.  The showrooms were on different floors and you would ride the freight elevator to get to each floor.  It was a real highlight for a ten year old kid … our cousins the St. Johns owned the business, so when I went with dad ( or mother ) to visit them, I got to ride the elevator up and sown for what seemed like hours … the high-light of my day!   I do not know what hurricane this was when my father made this photo, but I have posted one other one looking down Palafox Street during this same storm.  Not sure of the year, but I am sure it was the mid 1950’s.  Thanks for looking …

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April 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Baseball at Admiral Mason Park …

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This is one that I just ran across the other day … I do not have a clue who the ball – player is, but it is a good photo of  the Admiral Mason Ball Park.  How about that press-box up top?  It sort of makes you wonder if you need to spend over 50 million dollars to play a game of baseball?  Let’s see, with interest that $50,000,00 turns into $80,000,00 + .  What a deal!!!  The new Community Ball – Park starts looking like a steel every time you run the numbers … All I can say is ” Play Ball and More Ball and More Ball … ”  Thanks for looking …

 

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April 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm

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