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One More From Modesto …

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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

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April 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

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Sam Huff …

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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 …

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April 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

LA Coliseum …

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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 …

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April 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

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Pensacola Baseball Players 1958 …

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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?

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April 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

WCOA …

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For some reason, I want to say that this photo was taken when WCOA had it’s studio up in the San Carlos Hotel.  But that is pure speculation on my part.  If anyone has a better guess, please let us hear it.  I do know that before WCOA moved to the studio it was in out off of Barrancas Avenue, it was located on the top floor somewhere of the San Carlos.  This looks like it mught fit the decor of the hotel, so that is what I am basing my guess on.  If anyone recognizes any of these people in the photo, please let us know.  Thanks for looking …

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April 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm

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Tucker Taxi …

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I had a good friend that had a funny saying about calling a Tucker, but it is not something I would want to put here.  I bet this cab has a story ot two to tell if it could talk … Thanks for looking

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April 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

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Spring Portrait …

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This is a portrait that my father made back in the 1960’s … the lighting is what stood out to me in this photograph of a pretty, young girl.  This photo looks as nice today as it was when it was made fifty years ago.  You just can not beat a ” timeless ” portrait like this.  It is a shame that you do not see this classic style of portraiture from photographers these days … a lot of what you see today is a photographer telling their subject to just go over and stand by that wall or just grab a hold of that lamp post and swing out … and look like you are having fun!  Or, let’s just run around and take some pics …  Thanks for looking …

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April 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

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Fiesta Parade …

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Here is another Fiesta Parade photo … I would just guess this to be 1959.  It is a decent shot of downtown Pensacola looking south on Palafox.  Thanks for looking …

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April 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Easter Sunrise Service …

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This Easter Sunrise Service was held over at Bayview Park in East Hill.  First Baptist Church was the sponsor this year and I would guess the year to be 1956-57 or 58.  I have several other photos of the speakers and choir on the stage that these people are looking towards.  I will post them when I run across them.  Thanks for looking …

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April 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Beauty Contestants at The Casino on Pensacola Beach …

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This photo of a group of beauty contestants was taken inside the ballroom of the old Casino on Pensacola Beach in the 1950’s.  I can remember the Casino fairly well, but I have only run across one exterior photo.  I do not know who any of these ladies are or what beauty contest it is … could be one sponsored by the Jaycees.  I have run across several negative envelopes that have  ” Jaycee Beauty Contestants ” written on them, but there are no names of the girls in the negatives.  As usual, all comments are appreciated and thanks for looking …

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April 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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