Frank Hardy Made My Photographs Two

Paper Machine Close-Up …

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This is a close-up of a paper machine that my father made back in the 1950’s.  I do not know if this was made at the St. Regis Paper Mill or not.  The only two places that used rolls of paper this large was St. Regis, which was a paper mill that manufactured paper or the Pensacola News Journal, which used rolls this large to print their newspapers with.  Anyway, I have always been attracted to large machinery for all the photographic possibilities they present.  They almost appear abstract when you take a small area of this huge machine and concentrate your photograph it.  I found a negative envelope that has 10 or sh 4×5 negatives of the paper machine and this is the most interesting to me.  Maybe at a later date I will work -up a few and post them.  Now, when you see machinery like this, you know that it is operated by computers and high technology.  Back in the 50’s, all you had was a panel with several gauges, a couple of nobs and buttons, a maybe, just maybe, a light or two… one being red that you hoped never came on!

That is about it for now.  Please let us hear from you, all comments are appreciated.  I know people are looking from the stats listing on my WordPress dashboard, so please do not be shy.  Thanks again for looking …


Written by Frank Hardy

August 16, 2012 at 10:28 am

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  1. Hi my name is Bill Kimmons. I just saw this story today in the Pensacola News today. I read the paper on line since i live in Tallahassee, Florida. These pictures are like finding a treasure chest for me since I grew up in Aragon Court in the 60’s and 70’s. This whole area was my playground. I was a bat boy and worked at Admiral Mason Ball Park. I knew “Pot Ash” very well. Never thought I would see pictures like this – I have spent the day remembering. I also went to Clumbs Jr. High so for me all these pictures are wonderful. I never thought I would see anything like these pictures. My number is 850-443-7579. I would love to talk with you. Bill Kimmons


    Bill Kimmons

    August 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    • I will give you a call sometime in the future and we can chat … I am interested in what you have to say. Thanks again for looking … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      August 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm

  2. Frank, Thank you for posting all of these great photo’s! I would love to see more. Do you have any of all of us skiing on Bayou Texar? I know you dad ( and a great dad/person at that), took so many of all of us. I will continue to follow the great art !


    Suzanne Workman

    August 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    • Thanks … it is nice to hear from you again. I have some skiing photos that my father made back in the 50’s, but I do not have a clue who these people are. Check back later and see what I have put up. Thanks and keep in touch … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      August 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm

  3. this is the # 2 paper machine at st regis i worked on it in 1977.bought out of a junkyard in new york setup by the goverment to make bullet waddings for the war.


    phillip y.

    August 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    • Phillip … Thanks for the comment. I have 10 or so more negatives of this machine that I have not done anything with. I plan on working them up and posting them sometime in the future. It is truly amazing to see how we have moved forward so far in such a short time. Check back periodically to see what I put up … Thanks again, Frank


      Frank Hardy

      August 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

  4. Thanks so much for posting all these good memories! Wish I had some answers for you and people identification, but don’t recognize anyone. I really enjoyed this and will keep checking back for more! I have fond memories of your Dad and Mom at First Methodist Church and of him taking a gazillion pictures of events all over town.


    Eleanor Godwin

    August 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    • Eleanor … Thanks for looking and writing. I have more from First Methodist that I plan on posting in the future. It was nice hearing from you and please check back in the future … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      August 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm

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