Frank Hardy Made My Photographs Two

Cole Wedding …

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These images are from a ” Cole ” Wedding that my father photographed back in the 1950’s.  I had posted an image of two twin girls standing in a hallway of the San Carlos Hotel in an earlier post.  I am trying to catalog all of the negative envelopes that I have left, which is several thousand.  I have cleaned my darkroom and I have been looking for some interesting negatives to print, also.  I do not know what order I am going to post them in, so we will just have to see what I come up with  …. here comes some images:

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Here is the bride and groom in the reception hall at the San Carlos.  The bride’s last name was Cole, since we usually save the negatives under the bride’s maiden name.  The groom must have been Jewish ,,,I can not remember the name of the ” tent ” that the couple gets married under.  The bride must not have been Jewish, other wise they would have been married at the Temple.  Besides, Cole does not sound Jewish.  Here is a couple out in the hallway that my father had photographed the twins in …

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As usual, I have no clue these people, but it does not really matter.  To me, that wallpaper and carpet really clash, but someone obviously thought that they went together.  I would almost say that the decorating ideas came from Las Vegas, but this hotel was built before Las Vegas was even a twinkle in the mob’s eye.

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Note my father’s 5×7 view camera is in the background.  All of these images were from 4×5 scanned negatives, but he did take a 5×7 camera with him to weddings.  I have a handful of 5×7 negatives from most of the weddings that he shot in the 1950’s.  I thought that I would include this photo because of that camera in the image.

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I can remember going to dances back in this reception area back in junior high school … this room was located on the top floor of the San Carlos and was a fairlly large room.  The last one is of the girls standing by a wall-sized mirror out in a hall.  You will recognize the two twins from an earlier post of them in the hall-way the couple above was photographed in …

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I want you to notice how large the mirror is and the gold moulding used as a frame.  When they shut down the San Carlos in the 1970’s, the owners sold off all of the furnishings through out the hotel.  I remember someone telling me that he had bought some of the tapestries and ended up selling them to an antiques dealer in New York.  I wondered sometimes whatever happened to the mirrors when I think about the tapestries.

That is all for now … if you have any comments about any of this, let us hear from you.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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  1. Frank, I showed these pics to my dad. Neither he nor I recognized anyone. The thing they are standing under is a Chupa. Maybe the guy was in the Navy or something. Because they aren’t from either if our Jewish congregations as we knew everyone. There weren’t that many!! Thanks, Rosann





    February 14, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    • Rosann…thanks for commenting. None of these people look vaguely familiar to me. I thought that you might recognize the twins in the photo. I thought that you might has gone to PHS with them, but they might not have even been from the area. Thanks for commenting. I have some photos that have of your family and David’s that I want to get to you sometime in the future. I will drop them off at David’s office … I have not seen him at the post office in a while. Keep in touch and say hello to your father for me… Frank


      Frank Hardy

      February 14, 2014 at 5:05 pm

  2. I love these photos! Especially with the history of the hotel added. I also LOVE the picture of all the bridesmaids. And, you are right, the decorations look like the Flamingo or Sands Hotels back in the day!

    By the way, I’m still getting hits on the Pensacola/Liberace post, and I will let you know soon when I post the other ones. :)

    Keep up the good work, Frank. Thanks again for contributing to my site. I appreciate it very much. Everyone really like the photos. Deborah



    February 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    • Thanks for having the confidence in offering me a chance to be a guest on your blog … It has been a real honor and it has been a real boost to the number of hits from your viewers. Keep in touch and it is always nice hearing from you … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      February 13, 2014 at 6:36 pm

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