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Christ Church Dance …

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Christ Church Dance 3 _ RTP _ SFW 11 July 13

Here are a few photos that were taken at Christ Church on Wright Street in downtown Pensacola.  I am not sure of the date, but I know that it was sometime back in the 1950’s.  No clue who anyone is in any of the photos, but it looks as if everyone was having a good time.  Here are several more …

Christ Church  Dance 2 _ RTP _ SFW 11 July 13

Christ Church  Dance 1 _ RTP _SFW 11 July 13

My guess is that these might have been teenagers that were members of the church, since this was taken ( I believe ) in the old fellowship hall.  The only information written on the negative envelop was ” Christ Church “.  If anyone recognizes anyone in these  photos, please let us know.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Written by Frank Hardy

July 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

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  1. Frank,

    These 3 photos are of the Christ Church coronation in 1956. I (Cynthia Green) was the queen, and Kurt Bonifay was the king. Maid of Honor was Maggie Newton. Knight of Honor, Bill Turner. The coronations go way back. Some of the mainline churches in town were invited to send a maid and knight. So, not all were Episcopalians. I wasn’t. And a number of out-of-town Episcopal churches sent maids and knights.
    The king and queen were usually seniors but not always. Peter Lee and Carolyn Griffin were king and queen their junior year.

    The 2nd and 3rd photos above are closer pictures of the left and right sides of the first photo, showing the maids and knights. In the 3rd photo, the couple on the right is Vincent (Sonny) Currie and Eleanor Kessler.
    They were the maid and knight from Christ Church that year. The rest are from other local churches and from out of town Episcopal churches. The 2nd couple from the left is Alfred Carlson and Corinne Johnson.

    I have these photos at home and some others of the same weekend, including a lovely picture of Van Davis (assistant rector of Christ Church) walking me over to the parish hall before I processed in. I really treasure these Frank Hardy photos.

    Cynthia Green Dean

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    Cynthia (Green) Dean

    August 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    • Thanks for the comment and the help identifying the people. Like I said earlier, this was before my time, but I was in Troop 5 and I went to EDS in the 1960’s, so this fellowship hall was very familiar to me as a “kid”. Thanks again for the help and please check back … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      August 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

  2. Frank,

    This was taken in 1956 in the then-Parish Hall at Christ Church. My sister, Maggie Newton (now Goforth), is standing on the stage next to the queen. The following year, Maggie was the queen. The queen was always a senior. Maggie’s going to try to come up with some more names. It was the Episcopal youth group’s annual formal event and the court was made up of folks from throughout the Diocese, which at that time was all of north Florida, from Jacksonville west to the state line.

    I remember both years well, as my older sister was (and still is!) so beautiful and sophisticated!

    Thank you for sharing!


    Dixie Newton Sansom


    August 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    • Dixie … Thanks for the comment. I have come across several negative envelopes of subjects such as these two from Christ Church. Not really knowing who views this site ( all I receive are numbers / statistics ), I was not sure if anyone would recognize any of the individuals and if anyone would be interested in viewing them. However, even though I have mentioned previously about people helping me identify these events / groups / people, I have realized that my “real” reason is just to share these photographs that my father made. If anything, it is just remembering a different time / era that will never pass this way again. I am not trying to get too philosophical on this reply, but just trying to let people know what my intentions of posting these images are. So many people suggest that I turn this into a ” Pensacola ” site, but there are already a bunch of those already on the internet. I am just a photographer with an archive of old negatives from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, I am not a historian or internet entrepreneur. Thanks again for looking and please check back … I do not have any planned time-line on when I post, I just have spurts of posts, whenever I have a handful of images ready. Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      August 2, 2013 at 10:29 am

      • Frank, Update: Sadly, both Kurt Bonifay and my sister, Maggie Newton (Goforth), passed away last year. Your posting of your dad’s photos bring back many fond memories for all of us. Thank you for remembering your dad in such a special way. Dixie Newton Sansom



        May 8, 2016 at 4:08 pm

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