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Nuns in Study …

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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

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January 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Sun Motor Tester at Son Motors …

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This is another image that I ran through the Lucis Art Filter and it really makes it stand out.  A straight b&w photo is interesting, but does not have the contrast and detail that this print has now.  I do not have much to add … Thanks for looking … Frank

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January 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

The A&P on 12th Avenue …

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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

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January 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

PHS Graduating Class of 1934 …

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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

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January 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

More Skiing on Bayou Texar …

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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.

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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.

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Thanks for looking and please let us hear from you … Frank

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January 13, 2013 at 11:06 am

Pure Oil Stations …

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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.

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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.

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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

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January 13, 2013 at 10:54 am

PHS Basball From The 1960’s …

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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.

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No idea who the pitcher is, but it looks as if the football team is practicing in the background.

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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

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January 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

Pensacola Dons Players …

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I have a few of the Don’s here that I have worked up … this player was named Robbins and that is all I know.  I think that it is good action photo and I enjoy looking at all of the business’ signs on the back fence.

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This player’s name is Moore … they sure did not spare the resin on the bag.  I cannot remember ever seeing this much resin on a bag.  Maybe they just over did it for the photo, but this is a nice photo of the guy stretching out waiting for a ground ball.

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This player’s name was Whitehead and they did not spare the resin on this bag, either.  That is all of Don’s that I have worked up.  I hope this brings back some fond memories and just think, spring training is just around the corner … sort of.  Thanks for looking and let me know if you recognize or remember any of these players … Frank

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January 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Pensacola Barn Dance in the 1940’s …

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This is not a great photo … someone brought it to me to copy years ago and I ran across the negative in a box of copy negatives that I forgot that I had.  I have no idea where this Pensacola Barn Dance was located, but I have heard of Neal McCormick.  I think he went by the name of  “Pappy McCormick” and I believe that he played with Hank Williams.  In fact, that could be Hank sitting one the fender well.  My father told me a story about him coming to Pensacola and staying at the San Carlos in downtown Pensacola.  Back then, WCOA used to broadcast from their studio on the top floor of the San Carlos and they would get Hank to go up and play live on the air.  There was a music store out past “A” Street on Garden Street and he would also go out there and play.  The owner called my father and he went out and made some photos of Hank at the music store.  My father said he was very agreeable to having his photograph taken and was just a very nice person.  I have been looking for those negatives, but I have not run across them.  I read in a small biography of Hank where he talks about coming to Pensacola and staying at the San Carlos, but I cannot remember the title.  If any of you real “old-timers” remember hearing Hank on WCOA or ever across him when he came to Pensacola, please let us hear from you.  I apologize for the quality of the image, but the copy that brought to me was not very good.  Thanks for looking … Frank

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January 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Pensacola Flying Club …

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This is one of the first photos that I can say that my father ever made and I would say the date is somewhere around 1930.  The name on the bottom of the print said ” Roy Brewton ” and I think that the kid on the left is him.  I have another photo of a group of guys and he is in the photo also.  I never heard my father ever mention his name, so I do not know anything about him or the other guy in the photo.  I thought that the plane was interesting and I have seen other photos of planes with the same inscription.  If any of you “old-timers” remember anything about the Pensacola Flying Club, I would love to hear from you or if anyone remembers a Roy Brewton from back in the 30’s.  Nice looking kid and he looks as if he might have been given a ride in this guy’s plane, or rather the Pensacola Flying Club’s airplane.  Thanks for looking and please let me hear from you … Frank

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January 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm

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