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Pensacola USO in the 1950’s …

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I do not know what the ceremony here portrays, but it looks like it might be a July 4th celebration since I see some lady dressed up as the Statue of Liberty.  The ceremony looks as if it were held in the building on Spring Street that was once the USO Building.  I think it now is a storage / supply building that Escambia County uses for surplus office equipment.  There were 15 or 16 negatives in the envelope, but I only bothered to work-up around four of the negatives … I might do some more later, but they seem to be all about the same as these.  I am sure that some of you will recognize some familiar faces in these crowd shots.  I am also not exactly sure of the date.  Sometime in the 1950’s seems like a good guess …


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OK, I had done five of these images, so  I believe that I have eleven more to do.  I have a box full of new negatives to scan and I will start work on them next year.  I am up to almost four hundred posts and I am not sure of the total number of prints, but I would guess close to eight hundred images.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy new years.  This year 2014 has really flown by, however 2015 is starting out slow for me.  Please check back and if anyone recognizes any of these individuals let us know … Frank

Pensacola High School Annona Ads …

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These photos were shot to be used in ads for the Pensacola High School yearbook Annona.  As usual, I have no clue who any of these young ladies are in any of these photos or do I know exactly which business they advertised.  But I am confident that some of you out there will let us know.  I am going to say that they are from the 1950’s, but they could be from the 1960’s.  The one above is from some dress store in Pensacola and it most likely was downtown somewhere, since the malls did not come about until later ( I am guessing about that ) in the late 1960’s I would guess.  Here are several more photos …


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The last photo of the girls looking at the silver settings was made in side Elebash Jewelery store in downtown Pensacola I believe, bit I could be wrong.  The girls in the cosmetic store is not familiar to me at all, so if anyone recognizes the store let us know.  Thanks again and I hope looking at these photos puts you in the shopping mood for Christmas …. Check back and be safe … Frank

Coffee Cup Cashier …

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This is only photo in my father’s files that I have of the Coffee Cup and it was made sometime back in the 1950’s.  Look closely at the post card rack and you will see his photo of the Hotel San Carlos that I have posted on this blog several times.  No clue who the lady is, I am sure that someone will recognize and identify her.  The counter looks exactly the same today, some sixty years later.  The photo was taken for the Cancer Society … here is one more photo …


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I have not been in the Coffee Cup in a year or so, but I would not doubt if that same cash register is still sitting there.  Now that I am thinking about the Coffee Cup, I am starting to get hungry for some biscuits with their famous tomato gravy.  I guess that you would have to be raised in the South to appreciate tomato gravy and one more thing … they have the creamiest grits that you have ever tasted.  I would go tomorrow and eat breakfast, but you regulars know how crowed that place is on a Saturday morning.  If you do not get there by 6 or 7am, you will usually have an hour wait.  That’s it for me now, I will be posting some more in the next few days … Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Pensacola Sign Company …

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I could not read the writing on the negative envelope, so I am not sure if the sign company read ” McCurley ” or ” McCurdy “.  However, it does not really make any difference.  I believe that this business was located at W Street and Navy Boulevard where the Mercedes – Volvo dealership is today.  I could be wrong with this, but for some unknown reason I believe I remember seeing this corner looking like this.  And besides, the building in the background looks like the laundry cleaning business that is still there today.  The next business I believe was located out on North Davis, just beyond West Florida Hospital …


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The last sign is just a poster that went up in the 1950’s before the Interstate was built …


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I have several long posts ready to go  and will put them up in the next week or so.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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December 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Hall’s Spic-N-Span Laundry …

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As usual, I know absolutely nothing about Hall’s Spic-N-Span.  In fact, I am not even sure if I have posted them before.  I do not think that I have posted them on this site yet … I might have put them up on the first blog I had over on Blogger.  If any of you remember anything about Hall’s, please feel free to share it with us.  This was made sometime in the 1950’s.  Here are several more …


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Since this was the 1950’s, you know that this building was not air conditioned.  You think the temperature reached 110 degrees in the hot Florida summer inside this building with all these machines running?


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These ladies look pretty fresh, so it is must be early in the morning or either it is a nice fall day.  I have a good number of posts ready to go, so I will put a few up in the next week or so.  Thanks for looking and please let me hear from you …. I hope everyone has their Christmas shopping done … if anyone to purchase any of images for Christmas gifts, it is still time.  If you have any questions, please contact me … Frank

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December 9, 2014 at 9:52 am

The Old Kwik – Chek on Gonzalez Street …

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Before it was Win-Dixie, it was called Kwik-Chek … how many of you can remember that name?  OK, I see a few hands out there, not many but I see a few.  I cannot tell you how many times that I walked around this store.  In fact, I can see the lay-out of the inside like it was yesterday and I had just been in picking-up some groceries.  They remodeled the store and did some cosmetic up-grades and then several months later they shut it down and moved out on Bayou Blvd.  It was a big shock to all of the businesses and homes in the neighborhood, since this was the first time that there was a grocery store on 12th Avenue in the vicinity.  I know that I have posted some other panoramas of this area and I do not believe that I have posted this exact one.  If I have, I am sorry.  I am getting to a point that I can not remember all of the hundreds of images I have posted and I do not feel like going back through them now.  Thanks … Frank

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December 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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The Fisherman …

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The Fisherman 1 _ 8x10 _ RTP _ SFW

I just called this one ” The Fisherman ” for lack of anything else.  I ran across it the other day and thought that it looked somewhat interesting, especially the sky.  It looks like it could have been made over in Gulf Breeze along the Sound or maybe even the Bay.  One thing that stood out to me was how clean the beach looks … now a days you can not go too far in any direction without running across beer cans, plastic bottles and anything else that people throw in the water or leave on the beach after a picnic.  I have a good number of images worked up that I plan on putting up in the next few days, so please check back.  I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving, we did.  Thanks again for looking … Frank

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