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Pensacola In The Early 1900’s …

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Escambia Hotel_SFW

These are images that someone had brought to me thirty years or so ago to copy and make prints.  I must have given the negatives to the person because all I have are the prints.  The thing that impressed me about these images was how sharp they were.  Whom ever the photographer was that photographed these scenes must have had an incredibly sharp lens, along with fact that were shot on 8×10 film.  I have seen 8×10 images that were no where near as sharp as these prints.  The prints that the person brought to me were contact prints, so I am sure that that played a part in the prints sharpness.  The image above was of the Escambia Hotel.  I have no idea where the hotel was located, but I would imagine that it was either in North Hill or in downtown Pensacola.  I also believe that these prints were taken somewhere around 1910.  The next one is of the train station in downtown Pensacola …

 

Pensacola Railroad Station _ SFW

This is the old L&N Train-Station in downtown Pensacola.  The Crown Plaza Hotel across from the Pensacola Bay Center on Garden Street is there now.  The street in the back of the station is Wright Street.  I can remember this station as a kid in the 1950’s.  I would go down there with my father and pick-up packages that would come in on the train.  The floor inside the station was black and white tile in these geometric patterns.  It was all open – no air conditioning – and I always remember it having lots of people coming and going, sitting around waiting for their train or to pick-up someone or moving packages all over the place.  I was too young to really understand what was going on, but it did fascinate me with all the activity.  The next image is one of Ferdinand Square on Palafox Street …

 

Pensacola_ Ferdinand Park_ SFW

The building on the left side of the frame is what today is called the TT Wentworth Museum.  At one time it was the Pensacola City Hall.  You can read the signs on the side of the buildings in this image and the ships in the harbor is visible.  This park is still pretty much today as it was over a hundred years ago, except with more foliage from the trees and the shrubs.  I do not put up many other photos from other photographers unless I think that the images are somewhat relevant to Pensacola or are related to other photographs that I have posted in the past.  And I think that these fall into that last category … anyone from Pensacola can relate to these images.  Thanks for looking and I have some more current images that I will post shortly.  As always, all comments are appreciated … so if anyone out there remembers the old L&N Train Station or the Escambia Hotel, please let us hear from you … Frank

 

 

Fiesta Car Wash …

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Fiesta Car Wash 1 _ 10x8 _ RTP _ SFW

I had posted something on the Fiesta Car Wash on the other blog, but I cannot remember ever posting anything on this blog.  There are more negatives on this car wash and I will post them when I run across them.  This was before my time, so I do not know where this car was located or anything about business in particular.  I have a lot of negatives that I need to scan and I plan on to in the not too distant future.  If anyone remembers the Fiesta Car Wash, let us hear from you.  Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

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August 28, 2014 at 11:52 am

Weeki Wachee Springs and Bok Tower Gardens …

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Here are several transparencies that I ran across recently from our trips to South Florida in the 1950’s and 60’s.  The first one is of one of the Mermaids from Weeki Wachee Springs.  Here  is a link to the Springs web site.  The place has an interesting history and it is still around today.  This is one of the mermaids that my father made in the under-sea theater on Kodachrome back in 1958 …

Weeki Watchi 1_RTP_Best _ SFW

The next is an exterior of Bok Tower at Bok Tower Gardens …

Bok Tower 1 _ RTP_ 4x6 _ SFW

And here is a link to the Bok Tower Gardens web site.  I had forgotten that this is the highest point in Florida at 298 feet.  Bok Tower is in Lake Wales Florida and I am sure that it has been fifty years since I have been to the Tower and Gardens.  I have been busy these past few weeks and have not had a chance to post much, but I have several ready to go and will get them up in the next few weeks.  One is on the fire back in 1975 that burnt the block down that my father’s studio was in on 12th Avenue.  The others are just random photos that I have scanned.  So please check back in the next several weeks.  If anyone remembers going to Weeki Wachee and seeing the Mermaids, feel free to comment … If any of you guys ever met and married a Weeki Wachee Mermaid, that is a story everyone would be dying to hear!  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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August 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

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