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Old Faithful …

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Old Faithful _ RTP _ 26 Feb 15 _ SFW

Here is Old Faithful Geyser out in Yellowstone National Park.  This was taken around 1957 and I am pretty sure that it looks the same today as it did 68 years ago when this image was taken.  Here   is a link to the Wikipedia site and it also shows some current images of the geyser and they look just like this.  I would have imagined that the Park Service would have put some benches or seats somewhere around the area, but apparently they have not.  I guess there is only so much you can do with a hole in the ground … sort of like Carlsbad Caverns.  Just another hole in the ground, seen one your seen them all.  The high light to me at Carlsbad is when all of the bats come screaming out of the opening … if you are not fore-warned, the noise that they make flying out is terrifying … imagine an Alfred Hitchcock movie, but real!!  I have some other posts ready and one is long with a lot of photos – the fire on 12th Avenue back in 1975 when the block burnt down.  That is all for now … thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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February 26, 2015 at 5:42 pm

A Few More From Spain and Morocco …

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Tangiers Harboor 1 _ RTP _ 19 July 14  _ SFW

This first photo is of the harbor in Tangier and it shows the town of Tangier on the hill in the background.  I am not all of that well read or up on the history of Morocco, but the place is very pretty and exotic.  We were staying near Malaga in Spain and you would go down to Gibraltar and take a boat over to Northern Africa.  The boat ride was a high-light of the trip to Tangier for me … you start out in the Mediterranean and head out into the Atlantic before you head south for Morocco.    The next couple of images are around the streets of Tangier ..

Tangiers 1 _ RTP _ 19 July 14  _ SFW


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I wish that I had more to share with you, but my father and I took this trip back in 1972 … where has the time gone?  The next one is in a restaurant in the Kasbah.


Moroccan Cafe _ RTP  2 _  10 Feb 15  _ SFW _ Logo

How about the lighting in this place … that is correct, there is none.  The food was not bad and the music was interesting, but I did not run out and buy and eight track of the band.  The next several are back in Spain.  The little girl with the cat was taken in Rodas Spain and the street was some where that I cannot remember … it is just an interesting place / image …


Girl With Cat _ RTP _ 10 Feb 15 _ 4_SFW Logo

Spain _ Narvaez _ RTP _ 10 Feb 15 _ SFW

I thought that I would break-up the old Pensacola photos with something different and I have some more ready to go that I will throw up in the next few days.  I have a long one ready about the fire that burnt down most block on August 17, 1975.  It is ten or more images were I show the before, during and after the fire.  It is interesting and has a lot of crowd shots … I have had them ready to go for a while, but just have not had the time to post all of them.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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February 11, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Ebay Items …

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IMG_1591  1959 PHS Annona Cover

I have started posting a large selection of items on Ebay …a lot of camera equipment, some old Annona yearbooks that were my father’s and other miscellaneous items that you cannot live without ( just kidding there ).  I never realized that there was such a market for these old products until I was approached from several movie producers about using some old photos that I have posted in movies that they are making as background on walls, tables, etc.  No, it was not Oprah or Spielberg or even a tv realty show on cable, and no, a deal was not made, but at least it opened my eyes to some possibilities that I never thought of before.  Here is a link for the Annona yearbook that I have listed and I plan to put several other yearbooks on Ebay in the near future.  This is something that I just started working on this week and I know that with just the photography equipment alone, it is going to take me a while to get rid of.  And I plan to put a Vegamatic in it’s original package up this week .. a perfect gift for your special lady on Valentine’s Day.  I have a cow’s skull that I advertised as a perfect gift for your mother-in-law … yeah, an excellent gift for her on Valentine’s Day.  You will be her favorite son-in-law with a gift like that!!  Thanks for looking … Frank

Entre Nous Sorority in Pensacola Florida …

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Entre Nou 7 _ RTP _ 7 Feb 15 _ SFW

As usual, I do not know a thing about any of the girls in these photos.  When I started working with my father at the studio, we used to photograph seven or eight ( maybe even more ) of these sorority groups in Pensacola.  Most were service oriented and were affiliated with local high schools such as Pensacola High , Escambia and Woodham are the ones that come to my mind as I sit here typing this post.  I am sure that there are more and to be perfectly honest with you, even the few that I remember, I do not think that I can spell their names.  There was one at Escambia, Sans Perine, that I remember photographing for many years … in fact, I believe that Escambia High School seemed to have the most girl’s clubs.  The above photo looks to have been taken at someone’s home outside on the lawn / patio.  The other two photos were taken at Pensacola Country Club.  I have no clue of the exact date, but these would have to have been made sometimes in the 1950’s.  Maybe someone might recognize one of the girls in the photos and will let us know.  Here are several more photos …


Entre Nou 8 _ RTP_7 Feb 15  SFW


Entre Nou 6  RTP _ 7 Feb 15 _ SFW

I have some more photos from this sorority that were taken at this same time that I will work-up and post at a later date.  I do not remember when the Pensacola Country Club was laid out like this … the stairs are the same, but an entrance was made in back of where the girls in the front row are standing.  If anyone remembers anything about the Entre Nous sorority,   please let us hear from you.  For those of you out there that do not speak French, Entre Nous means ” between ourselves “.  And, no I do not speak French, but I am pretty fluent in ” Google “.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

John Connally and Bob Sikes In Pensacola Florida …

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Connally Print _ Group of Men_RTP_ 29 Jan 15 _ SFW

In this photo that my father made back in the 1950’s, is Secretary of the Navy John Connally shaking hands with United States House of Representative Bob Sikes at Mustin Beach Officers Club aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station home of the Blue Angles.  The men in the photo from the left is my father’s good friend Charlie Fredrickson, Dave Johnson president of Fisher-Brown Insurance, Secretary Connally, Representative Sikes and prominent local attorney Richard Merritt.  I do not know exactly what the event was but I am sure that it had something to do with the Secretary of the Navy being in Pensacola.  Here is a link to Secretary Connally’s Wikipedia page since he was involved with one of the most famous events in United States history … the assassination of President John Kennedy.  Connally, Governor of Texas at the time, and his wife were riding in the limousine in Dallas with JFK and Jacquelin Kennedy when Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald.  One of the bullets passed through Kennedy and struck Connally wounding him.  If anyone remembers this event out at the Mustin Officer’s Club, please share any information that you have with us.  It might have been something like a Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Banquet or something to that effect.     Thanks for looking and please share anything that you might remember about this photo … Frank

UPDATE:  After I published this post, I went and read the whole Wikipedia page on John Connally.  I know, I know … I should have done that before I started writing the post.  He was not Secretary of the Navy until Kennedy became President in 1961 and he did not become come Governor of Texas until later.  So, I do not know what his position that he held when this photo was taken.  I will have to go and find the print and see if there is a date on the back and will report back to you.  I want you to remember that I am not a historian, but a photographer and this site is about photography.  But, I do want it to be somewhat factual and I do want the time-line for these photos to be correct ( to a certain point anyway ).  I will post another update when I find out something.  And I apologize for not just re-doing the entire post, but that would be a lot more effort that I feel like spending on this photo and besides, I am going next door to photograph some more things to post on Ebay … I go by ” garconpoint ” so if you are interested in what I am trying to get rid of, please go and check it out.

Happy 74th Birthday to the USO …

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USO 8_RTP_7 Feb 15 _ SFW

I was reading the cartoon ” Beetle Bailey ” this morning in the Pensacola News Journal  and he was wishing the the USO a happy 74th birthday in the only way that Sarge would let him … with a sign on a cross-country march!  I had a few more photos from a ceremony at the local USO building in downtown Pensacola from back in the 1950’s that I had not posted before.  So I found them and here they are.  I did not get any comments from the earlier USO post that I made, so I have no clue who any of these people are or what the function is that they are having, but whatever it was, it sure looked nice.  And fun!  Here are a couple more photos and without any further comments or ado ( I still have not figured out what that means either ) …

USO 9 _ RTP _ 7 Feb 15 _ SFW


USO 14_ Lady Servers_RTP_7 Feb 15 _ SFW

USO  10 _ RTP _ 7 Feb 15 _ SFW

If anyone knows anything about this event from back in the 1950’s, please let us know.  I am kind of curious myself about it … personally, I might venture a guess and say that this event might have been held for the grand opening of the USO building that was located in downtown Pensacola on Spring Street, but as usual that is entirely a guess.  Believe it or not, I had only been in that building one time myself and it after it was the USO and it became a surplus warehouse for Escambia County.  Thanks again for looking and like I said earlier I welcome all comments, so please let us hear from you.  Please check back and thanks again … Frank

A Few More From The Old Sacred Heart Hospital …

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Doctor and Patient _ RTP _ SFW

Here is a doctor and his patient discussing his upcoming surgery.  Or that is what it looks like to me.  I wonder when the doctor’s stopped using / wearing those things around their head to look into your throat or whatever part of your body that they were examining.  In fact, I hope someone out there can tell us what the name of that thing is that the doctor is wearing and what it’s purpose actually is.  I have often wondered what those things are called when I watch an old movie from the 1930’s or 40’s and you see the doctor wearing one.  Next is a couple of patients sitting outside in their wheelchairs …


Wheel Chairs  _ RTP _ SFW

This was taken on the south side of the hospital where the emergency rooms entrance was located.   I have to say that these wheelchairs look to be some of the first one’s ever designed and built.  That is all I have for today.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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