Frank Hardy Made My Photographs Two

Bayou Texar …

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Bayou Texar _ RTP _ 1 July 15  SFW

This is Bayou Texar around 1920, if I had to make a guess.  I would also guess that this area would be south of the Cervantes Street Bridge.  The grass flats are still in the area and the oak trees on the bank are still there.  Someone had brought me this image to copy thirty years or more and they told me that it was a photo of their family.  The photo was in horrible shape and they did not want to spend the money to have the image restored, so I just copied the print and made copies.  I found the negative and scanned it, then worked it up in Photoshop in an hour or so.  And that is what you are seeing here.  I do not know who the photographer was, but it looks like an image that might have been created by Cottrell, who was located in downtown Pensacola at the time this photo might have been made.  But as usual, that is only a guess and I could be completely wrong.  I can not remember who brought this print to me either, it was such a long time ago.  I have been busy with other things the last month or so and have not posted much, but I have not forgotten this blog and plan to keep it going for some time in the future.  I have been posting to my Instagram account and here is a link.  I post everything from my personal images to photos that I have put on this blog.  I like the way Instagram works and the people that respond to my images are different than the ones that are just looking at blogs.  I have tried Twitter and have it linked to my blogs along with Facebook, but I do not really care for either one of those, especially Facebook.  That is it for today and I will be back with some new photos in several weeks.  Let me hear from you if you have any comments or questions and thanks again for looking … Frank

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  1. Hi Mr. Hardy, My grandfather owned a saloon on Palafox Street in the 30s, 40s, and I know very little about him. His name was Joseph Arbona. There is a building named the Arbona Building and I believe the Pensacola Historical Association is housed there. His son, also Joe Arbona, is my father. I am Joe Arbona as well. Your blog came up when I googled Bunny Arbona. Do you have a photo of my grandfather, the saloon, or Bunny? I couldn’t find anything.

    Thanks,

    Joe A.

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    Joe Arbona

    July 30, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    • Joe … Thanks for commenting. I would contact the Historical Society ( it is now called the Historic Trust and is part of UWF ) and ask for Jackie Wilson. She is a historian and would be able to tell you more. I have not run across anything ” Arbonna ” related, even though I have heard the name name from somewhere. I have am 61 and have lived in the Pensacola area my entire life, so a lot of names do sound familiar to me. I cannot put anything to Arbonna, but somewhere in my life I have heard it. If you should be able to find a number fairly easy for the Historic Trust ans someone there should be able to put you in touch with Jackie. If not, get back to me and I have her card somewhere and I can get you her number. You can also try the archive department at UWF in the John Pace Library on campus and they might have something. I have their number somewhere if you cannot get it from the UWF switchboard. Thanks again for commenting and let me know what you find out … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      July 31, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      • Thanks for the tip. I will check in with Jackie.

        Here’s some information about the Arbona family;

        http://pre-prowhiskeymen.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-arbonas-of-pensacola-and-skeleton.html?m=1

        Regards,

        Joe

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        Joe Arbona

        July 31, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      • Do not forget the lady out at UWF Archives, also. If you need her name let me know and if Jackie can help you, too. Feel free to mention my name … I doubt if it will get you anything, but I know people are curious how you find them. I will check out the Arbona Family link that you sent. I posted a photo a while back of a liquor store on Palafox from back in the 1930’s that I had gotten from the Florida Memory Project run out of Tallahassee by FSU or the state, not sure which. I had forgotten about the Florida Memory Project, so add that to your list and go back and find that Liquor Store post … it was several months back. Good luck and keep in touch …Frank

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        Frank Hardy

        July 31, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      • Thanks again Frank. This helps s lot.

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        Joe Arbona

        August 1, 2015 at 9:20 am

      • Not a problem and I can get the phone numbers if you need them … Frank

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        Frank Hardy

        August 2, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      • My family owned Sleepy Hollow Florist on Navy Blvd. closed now.

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        Joe Arbona

        July 31, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      • Maybe that might be where I heard the name, since I have photographed weddings since the 1970’s. I remember a dark haired lady from Sleepy Hollow that I used to see at weddings … very nice and her creations were beautiful. I have not been out Navy Blvd in a long time and I do not do very many weddings these days, so our paths have not crossed in years. Thanks … Frank

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        Frank Hardy

        July 31, 2015 at 5:13 pm

  2. Grover McKee. Bill Kreitlein here. Good to hear you are still around. Where are you living?

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    Bill Kreitlein

    July 7, 2015 at 5:40 pm

  3. I enjoy all your pictures especially since I grew up in Pensacola at 1920 East Avery Street .My Dad, Grover H McKee , worked at the navy yard and he knew your Dad . Once as I remember you dad took a photo of my Dad  standing in front of the post office near the old Florida theater downtown . I cant locate it but if I ever do I let you know . I went to Agnes McReynolds , Clubbs and PHS . Graduate 1959 . Great fun water skiing  on Bayou  Texar .Playing in Bayview park and Homer Johnson was my barber . He even cut my hair when he was in the San Carlos Hotel barber shop .I could ramble on but I will say thanks for all your efforts. Grover H McKee Jr. gmckee2803@yahoo.com From: Frank Hardy Made My Photographs Two To: gmckee2803@yahoo.com Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 7:19 PM Subject: [New post] Bayou Texar … #yiv1695311860 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1695311860 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1695311860 a.yiv1695311860primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1695311860 a.yiv1695311860primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1695311860 a.yiv1695311860primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1695311860 a.yiv1695311860primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1695311860 WordPress.com | Frank Hardy posted: “This is Bayou Texar around 1920, if I had to make a guess.  I would also guess that this area would be south of the Cervantes Street Bridge.  The grass flats are still in the area and the oak trees on the bank are still there.  Someone had brought me ” | |

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    Grover McKee

    July 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    • Thanks for writing … I have several photos of Homer Johnson giving me my first haircut at his barber shop on Gonzalez Street. I can remember the barber shop in the San Carlos Hotel with all of the white tile and mirrors. I wish that I had a photo of the barber shop. Thanks again for commenting and please check back … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      July 6, 2015 at 8:39 am

  4. Always glad to see something from home. Thanks, Jayne Drexler Earle

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    jayneearle

    July 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    • Thanks for commenting. It is nice to know who is looking to the posts I put up … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      July 6, 2015 at 8:35 am


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