Frank Hardy Made My Photographs Two

Archive for April 2012

Skipper’s …

with 22 comments

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 …

Written by Frank Hardy

April 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

Downtown in a Hurricane …

with 2 comments

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 …

Written by Frank Hardy

April 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Baseball at Admiral Mason Park …

leave a comment »

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 …

 

Written by Frank Hardy

April 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm

One More From Modesto …

with 8 comments

Here is one more for my friends out in Modesto … I cannot tell you how many  hits I get on this site from people out in Modesto, but it is quite a few. My father never mentioned about traveling through Modesto on his trips out to LA to visit his sister back in the 1950’s. If I was on these trips, I would have only been between the ages of 2 and 5. I know that he took several trips to Yosemite and I guess that Modesto must be somewhere between there and Los Angeles. I do not know if this sign still exists out in Modesto now, it looks as if it would be too low for trucks to pass under. I have found several new negatives from this area that I will post in the near future … and I thought that I had run out of Modesto negatives! Thanks for everyone’s comments and as always, thanks for looking …

UPDATE:  I did some work on this photo and sharpened another image up a good bit.  The lettering on the sign reads: ” Water    Wealth   Contentment    Health ”  .  I also noticed that the car’s tag in front of my parent’s car reads” 9D 16890″.  Years ago, the Florida state license tag identified what county that the car was registered in.  The “9” meant that the car was registered in Escambia County, which happened to be the 9th most populated county in the state at that time.  A tag that started with “1” meant that the car was from Miami or Dade County.  I think that Santa Rosa was somewhere around “33”, but I believe that only the first ten counties were identified by population and from “11” on they were alphabetic.   At first I thought that my father had made this photo because of the sign, but it could have been something simple like just seeing this car registered in Escambia County out in Modesto California.  I am sorry that the Internet does not show how sharp these images actually are … someday I will have to try to put on a show so everyone can see the finished prints.  Thanks again … Frank

Written by Frank Hardy

April 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

Posted in 1950's, Modesto, Out West

Tagged with ,

Sam Huff …

leave a comment »

This is one of my dad and the legendary football player, Sam Huff.  He looks just like an average joe here, but he had a reputation as one of the fiercest, most physical player to play the game of football.  There was a photo of him in Sports Illustrated in the last year … you sure would not want to line up across from line!  If anyone remembers what he was doing here in Pensacola back in the 1950’s, please share it with us.  Thanks for looking …

Written by Frank Hardy

April 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

LA Coliseum …

leave a comment »

This is the LA Coliseum back in the 1950’s.  It is hard to believe all of the historical events that this place has held … the first Super Bowl, political rallies, the Olympics and the list could go on and on …

Written by Frank Hardy

April 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

Posted in 1950's, Los Angeles

Tagged with ,

Pensacola Baseball Players 1958 …

with 12 comments

This is a group  photo that my father made back in 1958.  The old Admiral Mason Ball Park sure had nothing on the new Blue Wahoos stadium … and how about this infield grass?  I doubt that this infield had any sub-surface, drainage run-off system.  And you know, if Jerry Pate had put this grass down,  his days in the turf business would be numbered!  Don’t forget these bleachers … my dad did the photography back then for the Dons as a trade-out for one of their so-called ” boxes “.  I can remember going to the games and sitting in the box and then running around with all the other kids at the game … something a kid never forgets – a real high point!  One thing that this ball park and the new CMP ball park have in common is that they were both built across the street from a sewage plant.  How many of you can remember that sewage plant that was down at the end of 9th Avenue?  Please share any memories that you have of the old Admiral Mason Ball Park … I, for one, would be interested in hearing them!  Thanks for looking …

Update:  After looking at this photo for a while, I believe this is a group of different ball team players from the past and not a group shot of the Dons.  Notice how the players seem to be wearing several different uniforms fro past Pensacola Ball Clubs … Senators, Dons, etc.  Also, these guys look a little too old to be playing everyday.  This could have been a player reunion promotion put on by the Dons, since they were always doing something to fill the stands.  What do you think?

Written by Frank Hardy

April 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

%d bloggers like this: