Archive for January 2013
I believe that this was made at the Sacred Heart Church…not sure if it was in the school part or the fellowship hall. I doubt that the building was air conditioned when this photo was taken, so you know it would have been warm in this room. Even if it was in the winter and the heat was on, you know that wearing this “habit” had to have been uncomfortable . The head pieces looked uncomfortable and to wear them all day really look restrictive. Some one told me that the nuns habits were made of wool and they wore the same habit for winter and summer back in the 1950’s and 60’s. Thanks for looking … Frank
This is a promotional photo at the old A&P grocery store on 12TH Avenue across from St. Christopher’s Church. The car is a Ford Torino and I would guess that it would be around a 1972 or 73. I know someone out there will know … The old A&P closed down in the late 1970’s and was converted in a Ronald McDonald House. They built a larger facility on Bayou Blvd and have moved, so I do not know what is in there now. I can vividly remember shopping in the old store like it was yesterday … Winn-Dixie and Friendly Service had closed down and this was the only grocery store left on 12TH Avenue. I do not know any of the people in the photo, as usual, but that is not really my purpose. Thanks for looking and let us hear your comments … Frank
This is a photo of the old Pensacola High School that was located at the top of Palafox Street, one block up from where the First Baptist Church is located. In fact, part of First Baptist’s parking lot is this location. My father had made a 16×20 photograph of the school and got everyone to sign it at one of their reunions. When my father graduated in 1934, PHS did not have a yearbook that year … all that they had was a sheet of paper with all of the graduate’s names and their activities they were involved in. I do not know if this was because of the Depression or what the reason was. The photo is fairly sharp and if you click on the photo, it will open up in another window larger and you can see the name a little clearer. Thanks for looking … FRank
I do not know these skiers, but it is more interesting to look at how Bayou Texar has changed. Just looking at all of the trees on either side gives you a feel that their are not that many homes on the Bayou. When in fact the Bayou had homes on almost all of the lots going from the Cervantes Street bridge all of the way to the 12TH Avenue Street bridge.
One thing that you do notice is the lack of boat houses on the Bayou. Most homes had a small dock, but there did not seem to be a lot of boat houses … now some of the boat houses are large enough for you to live in.
Thanks for looking and please let us hear from you … Frank
How many of you can remember going to a ” Filling Station ” and having someone come out to your car to ” service ” your car? And be happy to do it! I do not recognize any of these ” attendants ” or the stations were they are working. These photos were made back in the 1950’s and I did not start driving until 1969, but I can still remember going to service stations. I do not think that they were phased out until sometime in the late 1970’s and maybe up until the mid-1980’s, when everything became ” self-serve “. This FHP patrolman looks like a nice guy … I bet he would let you off with a “warning”, something that the FHP patrolman now seem to have never heard of. A speeding ticket back in the 1950’s most likely only ran $25 or so, now, you are looking at upwards of $200 or more.
The sign on the wall says C.E. Bowden and that name does not register anything to me. The area next to his building looks like a row of buildings that you might find in some of the rural towns around the Florida Panhandle back in the 1950’s. I am thinking Marianna, Chipley, Milton … some little town off of Highway 90.
This looks more like it could have been made around Pensacola. The lady looks happy … to be riding around in a car with no air conditioning and a car full of kids … in the summer. My how times have changed. She is a soccer mom and she does not even know it! I have a few more of these negatives that I will post in the future. Times were much simpler then … how many times have you heard that before? Thanks for looking and let us hear what you think … Frank
I do not know who these PHS baseball players are, but I just thought that they look interesting. The football stadium in the background looks out of place, now I believe that this whole area has been paved and made into a parking lot.
No idea who the pitcher is, but it looks as if the football team is practicing in the background.
This is Coach Shorty Ward, I had put Coach Haines originally, and someone corrected me, which is what I hope you will do will I misappropriately identify someone or some place . I know that my father thought a lot of the man and any time that his name is mentioned, everyone speaks very highly of the Coach. But for that matter of fact, any time that a PHS coach is mentioned, no matter how tough he might have been, all of their ex-players hold them in high regards. That is it for baseball now, I have many more that I plan to post but most of them are not in good condition. Thanks for looking … Frank