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Disneyland …

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This is ” Matterhorn Mountain ” in Disneyland and this photo was taken sometime around 1962 or so.  Disneyland in California is the only park that has this ride.  According to the Disneyland web site, it started out as a hill, but Walt Disney turned it into a 147 foot tall mountain thrill ride, after seeing the original Matterhorn while making a movie there in 1957.  The site says that this ride contains the first tubular steel roller coaster ride in the world.   There are photos of the mountain on the web site and it still looks today as it did when this photo was made.  I have been scanning a good number of negatives and slides that I have run across cleaning up recently, so I will have a lot to post in the next few months.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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March 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

Brownsville Bicycle Shop …

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Brownsville Cycle 1_RTP_20 Mar 13 _SFW

Here is one view of the business … I have another that I will post later.  I do not remember the business, but I believe that the building is still at this corner of “P” and Cervantes Street.  The one thing that grab’s my attention is the phone booth on the right hand side of the image.  Most kids now days cannot even remember payphones, so a phone booth is out of the question!  Clark Kent jumping into a phone booth to change into Superman always come to my mind when I see a photo of one … I almost said when I see one, but other than in a photo, I cannot remember the last time I ran across one.  I know, the Navel Museum has one in one of the displays.   Thanks for looking and I will post that other photo in the next few days … Frank

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March 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Finian’s Rainbow …

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Finneians Rainbow 3_RTP_20 Mar 13 _SFW

This is the cast from the play ” Finian’s Rainbow ” put on by the chorus of Pensacola High School.  I am not sure of the year, but it is either 1969 or 1970.  I have a 1970 Pensacola Annona yearbook and I will go back to see if that was the year.  I do not have any close-ups of the actors, only group views.  I have several other negatives and I will see what other groups are there.  I recognize on of the girls in the group and I think that she was a year or two older than me.  If anyone remembers this play from PHS, please let us hear from you.  Thanks for looking … Frank

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March 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Chemstrand Plant in Pensacola Florida 1950’s …

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Chemstrand Plant_RTP_20 Mar 13 SFW

Above is a view of the plant at night back in the 1950’s.  Chemstrand was at one time the largest manufacturer of synthetic fiber ( Rayon was one ) that was used in carpets, rugs and anything else that needed synthetic fiber.  All of the fiber was loaded onto spindles and shipped to their respected buyers, Mohawk Carpets would have been an example.  At one time back in the 1950’s through the 1970’s, I would guess that Chemstrand was in the top five of employees in Escambia County Florida.  Even though they had photography department, we were hired for miscellaneous jobs at the plant.  Below is the same photo run through the Lucis Art Filter.

Chemstrand Plant_RTP_20 Mar 13 _ Lucis  SFW

Some of the detail in the highlight areas are retained better than in the photo at the top.  I do not know anything about this photo … the area of the plant this photo shows, etc.  I enjoy looking at these types of commercial images and I have found a handful of these types of images in my last find

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March 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Port of Pensacola 1957 …

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Pensacola Port 5_RTP 1 _ SFW

These two images were made in one of the warehouses that was located down at the Port of Pensacola back in the 1950’s.   That is a fertilizer called ” Chilean Nitrate” that used to be shipped in and out of the Port.  There are ten negatives or so in the negative  envelope and I have only worked up these two.  The two images above look as if they would have been printed on photographic paper… pretty much straight photographic prints.   The two below are the same images, but I have also ran them through the Lucis Art Filter in Photoshop that I have talked about earlier in this blog.   The details in the shadow parts of the image are brought out and parts of the image that you might overlook are brought to the fore-front.

Pensacola Port 2_Crop 2_RTP _ Lucis_SFW

Pensacola Port 5_RTP 1 Lucis _ SFW

I like the contrast better in the second set of  images, but really do not care for the guy filling the sack on the left side, so I might remove him in the future.  The people in the photos  add a sense of scale and you can tell how large the warehouse is.  I have an image of it empty and I will post it once I have cleaned it up.  Thanks for looking … I have been scanning new negatives that I have just recently found over the last few days ( several hundred ) and I will have a lot of new posts in the next few months.  As usual, all comments are welcomed and appreciated … thanks again, Frank

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March 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Pensacola Dons Player ” Youngdahl ” …

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This Dons player’s name was ” Youngdahl “.  I do not know anything about what what position he played or any of his stats.  The thing that is funny to me is the guy way in the back behind the fence … I do not know what he is doing or if he even knew that he was in the photograph, but I guess people have always been people in the background trying to make fools of themselves.  Here is the same photo below that was worked on with the Lucis Art Filter …

Youngdahl 1_RTP_Lucis_1_15_13

The filter really accentuates the details in a b&w photo … the guy in the background and the ads on the back wall, along with the dirt in the outfield, all have a distinct and different look from just a straight b&w scan / print.  Thanks for looking and commenting … I have been busy with other things and have not spent much time on this blog lately.  I have found a stack of negatives that I found years ago, but put somewhere so that I would not lose them and ended up miss-placing  them until a week ago.  I have not scanned any of the negative s and I plan to do so in the next few weeks, please check back.  Thanks again for looking … Frank

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March 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm

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