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Doc, Kitty and Friends …

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Here is Doc ( Milburn Stone ) and Kitty ( Amanda Blake ) from the tv show ” Gunsmoke ” with some friends from Pensacola down at the Town-House Motor Lodge on Cervantes.  I do not know who the couple is in the middle, but both the man and the lady pop-up in different photos that I have run across.  The man could have something to do with the Chamber, since he always seems to be in the welcoming committee at the airport when these celebrities arrive.  The lady is in a photo I posted a while back with John Wayne and I think she is in several photos made at Son Motors.  However, it is a nice group photo showing what a good time these celebrities are shown when they come to Pensacola.  Thanks for looking … Frank

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December 30, 2012 at 10:41 am

Christmas Partiers ….

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I do not know who these girls are, but as dressed-up as they are, they might be ready for their dates to pick them up for the Noel Dance that was held in Pensacola for forty or so years.  A girl’s sorority used to sponsor the dance and it was held in downtown Pensacola at the old Municipal  Auditorium which was located at the foot of Palafox Street.  The Auditorium was torn down ten years or so back  and nothing has been rebuilt to replace the facility, which to me was a big mistake … but what do I know.  Thanks for looking and please let me hear from anyone that can remember going to the Noel Dance … I know that you are out there!  Happy Holidays … Frank

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December 30, 2012 at 10:30 am

Out West … Again …

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I have been going through old 120 film strips that my father shot out west somewhere.  I do not have a clue where they were made ( as usual ) , but they are still interesting  to me.  These were made way before the interstate system was started and you took two lane roads through small towns, deserts, whatever.  Back then you used to see and experience America, however it was slower.  Now, everyone is in a hurry to get to their destination and all of these places are just areas on a map.

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Here is a ferry somewhere out West … who knows, this could be the Mississippi River, but I sort of doubt it.

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Two lane black-top was all you had for the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s until the interstate was built.  No wonder it would take you almost two weeks to get across America from Jacksonville to Los Angeles.  That is all I have for these images.  Let me hear what you think … thanks for looking, Frank

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December 30, 2012 at 10:15 am

Navy Point Stores …

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This has been sitting around for some time and I have been meaning to post it some time ago.  This is a view from the inside of the Navy Point Store.  I have posted a view of the outside a year or so back, but this is one of the few that I have found that was made inside.  I think this was made for a yearbook ad back in the 1960’s … not sure if it was for the PHS or the Escambia High Yearbook.  As usual, I have no idea who the girls are.  I have several others that were made at this time that I will post later … thanks for looking, Frank.

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December 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Florida Float in Fiesta Parade …

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This is the state of Florida’s float in the 1959 Fiesta of Five Flags Parade.  I wonder whose bright idea it was to dress up a bunch of ten year olds as oranges  and have them march 3 or 4 miles up and down Palafox Street  in 100 degree heat.  The state must have been broke back in 1959, also.  Tallahassee  could not even spring for a car to tow the float, so they just got a couple of Boy Scouts to pull the float!  If anyone remembers any of this, please let us hear from you … especially if you might have been one of the oranges walking up and Palafox Street or one of the Boy Scouts.  If those Scouts did not get a towing merit badge out of this, they were robbed!  Thanks for looking … Frank

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December 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

A Few More From Bo Belinsky …

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Here is an obituary that my father had cut out of some paper when he died back on November 23, 2001.  He never put up Hall of Fame statistics ( 28-51 win / loss record ) , but he was often quoted as saying that he got more mileage out of those 28 wins as pitchers who one 200 games.  It was a no hitter he pitched for the Los Angeles Angels in May of 1962 that he was most famous for.  Below is a photo that I just ran across recently that my father had made of him pitching when he played for the Pensacola Dons … I have never posted this one before, since I just found it a month or so back.  It is not in very good shape and is very badly over-exposed, but you can tell that it is left-handed Bo.

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He sure looks young here!  This is around 1958, I would guess.  I have another story some where that my dad clipped out of a paper on Bo that I will find and post later.  If anyone out there has any Bo Bolinsky stories … either when he pitched here in Pensacola or when he was called up to the big leagues, please feel free to share them with us and try to keep them fairly clean ( just joking ) .  Thanks again for looking.  I have quite a few images worked up that I plan to post in the near future … Frank

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December 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

1957 World Series Tickets …

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Here are two tickets from the 1957 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Milwaukee Braves.  The Braves defeated the Yankees 4 games to 3.  This was first time that a team had moved to a new town and won the series.  The Braves had moved from Boston in 1953 and it was the first pennant ( National ) for them in Milwaukee  and the first World Series for a team that had relocated to a new city.  Notice the price … $7.35!!  I bet you could get a hot dog for a quarter and a beer for a dime back in 1957.

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Even though these are not my father’s and do not really have anything to do with his photography, I still thought that they were interesting.  If anybody out there attended either of these two games in New York or any of the others in Milwaukee, we would be interested in hearing from you.  I would even like to hear from you if you watched it on tv …NBC had the broadcast rights for the World Series this year.  Who knows, they might have even paid some huge amount like $50,000 for the rights to broadcast the entire series!  I would even venture a guess that Mickey Mantle did not make more than thirty or forty thousand dollars in 1957.  Let us hear from you baseball historians out there and thanks for looking … Frank

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December 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

California Inspection Station …

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Back in the 1950’s, it was illegal to bring fruit into the state of California.  During this time the state was having problems with insects / pests coming into the state and destroying their fruit crops.  So they built these inspection stations at all of the main entrances and you had to stop your car, get out and go in and declare whatever fruits or vegetables that you had in your possession.   I do not know whatever became of this or when it was stopped, but I know that someone out there knows something about this and can share what they know about this.  I just thought that this was an interesting image … just another of my father’s ” through my front windshield ” type photos.  There have been several well-known “art ” photographers have had whole careers doing only this type of photography … go figure.  Thanks for looking and let me hear back from somebody about these California Inspection Stations … Frank

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December 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

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