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Clubbs Junior High School …

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Clubbs Coranation 3  _ RTP_24 Sept 14 _ SFW

The date ( I believe ) is 1956.  Back then, schools used to put on these elaborate coronations and would crown a king and queen of the school.  Clubbs Junior High School on 12th Avenue used to have a ” King and Queen of Clubbs ” and would also have a court.  I would assume it was pretty much a popularity contest … the athletes and cheerleaders would make up half of court usually.  I did not know this until I talked to a friend of mine whose sister just happened to have been elected the ” Queen of Clubbs ”  a year or two after this coronation.  By the time I was in junior high school in the mid-1960’s, these coronations were a thing of the past.  At least they were at Wokman Junior High where I went.  This event was held in the auditorium at Clubbs.  By the time my friend’s sister was queen it had gotten so large, it was moved to the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Pensacola.  I have several bags full of negatives that I will go through and post in the future.  Here is the other view that I worked up …

 

Clubbs Coranation 2_OK_RTP_23 Sept 14 _ SFW

This one still needs some more work, but it is passable for the internet / blog.  It is not as sharp as I would like it to be.  I do not remember what years the other years are and I will find the bags and look.  If anyone out there happened to be in the audience at this year’s coronation, please share what you remember with us.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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September 25, 2014 at 9:05 am

Pensacola in the 1950’s …

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The first photo is one of Ginn’s Restaurant  that was on the corner of 12th Avenue and Gonzalez Streets.  You see the old Winn-Dixie Grocery Store to the west and the old Sacred Heart Hospital would be across 12th Avenue to the east just out of the frame of the photo.  This photo is a panorama image made with a Wide-Lux camera that my father owned and was burnt up in the fire, which will be another post very shortly.  Here is the image …

12th and Gonzalez _ Looking South 9_19_14   SFW

How about that old Cadillac parked out front on 12th Avenue?    The next is just a parade shot from a Fiesta Parade back in 1955 … nothing spectacular about the image ( the Cadillac in this image is carrying the then Governor of Florida – LeRoy Collins )  and I have a better view somewhere in this blog already.  But the reason that I am mentioning that here and now is that I just found movie film that my father shot of the 1953 and 1954 Fiesta Parades.  Not the three inch reels , but full ten inch reels.  And in Color! No sound though.  I know that it can be transferred over to digital, but all of the quotes have been in the hundreds of dollars per reel and I am not that interested in spending the money right now.  However, that does not mean that I won’t in the future … we will have to just wait and see.  Here is the image …

1955 Fiesta Parade on Palafox

Just imagine all of those horses and riders and cars moving across the screen in COLOR!  For the time, this will have to do … but who knows what the future will bring?  I have posted quite a few images from this vantage point ( ground level ) that my father has taken in the past.  If you type ” LeRoy Collins ” in search field above on the right side, it should pop up … I have not tried it yet, but I am pretty sure it should because I know it is posted somewhere on this blog.

Thanks for taking the time and looking … I have been busy lately and I have neglected this site and my personal photography blog, but I have several ready to post and will get around to posting them shortly … Thanks for all the comments also … Frank

Logging Truck Accident …

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4_24_55 Log Truck_RTP 2  _ 1 Sept 14  SFW

This is one of the logging truck accident photos that I mentioned in my last post.  The coloring and texture over-lay is my doing … don’t ask why.  At the time II did this seven or eight months ago I thought that it looked sort of interesting, but now I do not know.  I did not feel like re-doing the image and you still get the point and besides the photo of the ” Gulfarium ” sign in the background looks interesting.  I just happened to run across this file as I was trying to clean-up my desktop … thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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September 1, 2014 at 10:47 am

Happy Labor Day 2014 …

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Gulf Southern Transport _ RTP _ SFW

I ran across these negatives maybe ten years ago and thought that they were some what interesting, but I just never did anything with them.  I really never had a reason for posting them and then yesterday, I ran across them again and thought that they be good for a Labor Day posting.  So here they are.  My father took these back in the mid – 1950’s in Flomaton, Alabama, which is just across the Florida Alabama line.  The lettering on the door of the Ford truck reads ” Gulf & Southern Transportation ”  and judging from the trailer they must be hauling lumber / wood.   Timber is still a big industry in this area of southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.  I know I have at least one post on this blog showing photos from a tractor trailer hauling trees accident  on a road in this area.  As usual, I know nothing about the truck driver in the photo, other than the fact that he is a hard working individual.  Here are several more photos …

 

Gulf South Transport 3 _ RTP _ SFW

Gulf South Transport 2 _ RTP _ SFW

I made a mistake identifying the location of Gulf and Southern Transportation, I said that it was located in Flomaton and I should have said  ” South ” Flomation.  I honestly did not know that there was a South Flomaton.  For those of you who have never before been to Flomaton. it is maybe three blocks long ( and that is being generous ), but I made an error and wanted to correct it.  The one thing that I always remember about Flomaton is that’s  where we would go and catch the train when we would go to visit my uncle in Chicago.  After the railroad station in Pensacola was closed in the 1950’s ( see prior post ) and  you wanted to travel anywhere by train, you would drive to Flomation and catch the train there at the train station.  Well, that is all that I can think of to share with you about Flomaton today … if any one has any comments about trains, Flomaton, lumber or truck hauling, please share them with us.  I wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day … try not to work too hard today and please check back.  Stay out of trouble … Frank

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September 1, 2014 at 9:42 am

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