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Weaver’s Furniture Store …

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I think that Weaver’s Furniture Store was located over on “T” Street in Brownsville, but as usual, I am not sure about that.  One thing I am sure of … whatever they were selling … people sure wanted.  The customers are lined around the building.  I do not know if it was TV’s or refrigerators ( must have been a Westinghouse product, judging by the sign on the roof ), but whatever it was, they sure wanted to buy them.  Here is one showing the line …

Look at that line … maybe it was their Grand Opening.  Whatever it was, it sure drew a crowd.  One more …

Doesn’t this look like ” T ” Street to you?  I almost would say that this building is still located there off ” T ” Street, somewhere north of the old ” Pleezing Grocery ” building.  If anyone remembers Weaver’s Furniture Store or where this building is, please let us hear from you.  Thanks again for looking …

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June 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Mitchell Motors …

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Here are several of the Oldsmobile dealership … Mitchell Motors.  This dealership used to be on the corner of Pace Blvd and Garden / Navy Blvd.  Above is the part’s / service department.  Notice how the service representative is wearing a white lab coat.  Below is a panorama view of the exterior of the dealership.

I cannot remember when Mitchell Motors moved out to City Car, but I know that they were at this location for many years.  I am not sure of the year that these photos were taken … maybe some of you will recognize these car models and help me with a year.  Thanks for looking …

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June 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

A Few More From The Suter School Play …

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Here are two more photos that I had worked up and had not posted yet from the Suter School play.  I do not know if this play was called – Around The World or if that was just the name of the hot air balloon.  These carnival plays / pageants must have been popular in the 1950’s, because I have found several negative envelopes from Clubb’s junior high school, also.  A good friend of mine mentioned to me that her sister was crowned ” Queen of Clubb’s ” at one of the pageants and I happened to find a photo of her being crowned.  Here is one more below …

I will hunt down those other negative envelopes containing Suter School plays and let you know in a future post what they are and from what year.  One lady commented and asked me if I have any from a ” Peter Rabbit ” play and I told her that I was not sure what the negatives were from, but I would find them and let her know.  Thanks everyone for looking and all comments are welcomed …

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June 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

The Rev. Henry Bell Hodgkins …

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These portraits of Rev. Henry Bell Hodgkins from Christ Church on Wight Street were made back in the 1950’s.  I went to Episcopal Day School from 1958 to 1965 and Rev. Hodgkins was there at the church during this time, so remember him fairly well.  He was a big man with a big voice … you could hear him from the pews in the back as well as you could hear him from the ones up front.  And this was before the days of sound systems!  He was also extremely nice and was friendly to all of us kids … I can never remember him being mad or angry the whole time I was there.  Here are a few more of him …

This last image is how I remember him, more than the other three.  I do not think that I have ever seen any of these images all of the years that I have been going down to the church … even though it has been years since I have gone to the church offices.  I posted one of these photos on the old site, but I do not believe that I posted all four of them.  Thanks for looking …

Roger Scott …

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This is a portrait of Roger Scott that my father made back in the 1950’s.  I believe that Mr. Scott ran the Parks and Leisure Services Department for the City of Pensacola for many years.  The City’s Tennis Center on Summit Blvd. is named for him.  He was way before my time and I know nothing at all about him.  Nice portrait of him at his desk.

As usual, all and any comments are appreciated and welcomed.  Thanks again for looking …

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June 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

A Few More Unknowns From Out West …Actually From Dallas Texas …

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These two photos were found with the ones of Modesto California, so I would imagine that they were made somewhere near the Modesto area.  Since I have never been to this area, nothing even remotely looks familiar.  The old cars crossing the bridge into the ” big ” city makes this photo look interesting to me.  Somewhere back, I posted a photo my dad made by a shore with boats and it looked to me to have been made on a lake … I wonder if this bridge might have been across that lake.  I know that we might never know for sure, since my father died four years ago, but it is interesting to speculate.  The next photo is downtown somewhere …

The ” Hotel Whitmore ” sign is sure prominent in this photo … I wonder if this could be downtown Modesto?  Maybe that was the city off in the distance as you crossed the bridge?  I am sure that some one out there might know the answer.  It is interesting to look at the downtown photo and see all of the street-car wires suspended above the street. Could you imagine going to a city this large now and looking up and seeing all of those wires … I am sure there is still a city out there today that looks like this, but I sure have not seen one in years.  That is all for now.  Thanks for looking and all comments are appreciated …

UPDATE:  Someone commented and said that these two images are of Dallas Texas.  The image above is Commerce Street in downtown Dallas, because the Hotel Whitmore is still there.  The image before is a skyline of Dallas coming across some … I do not know which one, but is anyone knows, please let us hear from you.  Thanks … Frank

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June 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

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More John Wayne Photos …

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Below are some photos that my father had of  John Wayne.  Now, as usual, I know nothing about the photos – the date, the people in the photos, etc, etc.  They obviously were made on an aircraft carrier, which one, I do not know.  There was an aircraft carrier, the Antietam, that was stationed in Pensacola at the time and I believe that it was shown at the start of the movie, The Wing’s of Eagles, but I am not sure.  We rented the movie years ago and watched it, but to me, it was a very depressing story and the movie seemed to drag.  The part showing Pensacola was the best part and it was only in the first 15 minutes or so of the film.  All that being said … these photos are interesting and I have never seen them anywhere else, so I hope you enjoy them.

Like I said earlier, my father did not take these … I can only assume that these were the ones that John Wayne would have sent them.  Knowing my dad, he was not a collector of photographs of other people, so unless they were sent them to him , he would not have gone out and got them.  If anyone knows anything about these photos, please let us hear from you … Thanks again for looking …

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June 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

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