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Delchamps in Downtown Pensacola Florida …

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I posted over on my personal blog about this image if anyone is interested.  A link to my blog is listed over in the right side margin.  Thanks for looking  …

New York City Harbor …

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This is the New York harbor and I am not sure the direction or where this photo was taken.  I want to say that the island in the top right of the frame is Ellis Island, but that is entirely a guess.  The tip of land to the right of the island is where the Statue of Liberty is located and I am sure of that.  The sign in the foreground reads ” Great White Fleet ” and ” United Fruit ” .  United Fruit Company has had an interesting history, which would take too long to go into here.  Two of it’s products were Chiquita Bananas and Dole Pineapples.  Here is a link to United Fruit.

The Great White Fleet was the name of the shipping company that United Fruit owned and operated to transport their products around the world.  The link above will also give you some information on the fleet and it too has had a very interesting history.  If you like international intrigue, corruption, and the take-over and control of small Latin American countries by the United States and it’s corporations, you are at the right place.  These buildings in the foreground are the warehouses of United Fruit in New York / New Jersey.  If anyone recognizes any of the areas in the photos, please feel free to comment.  Thanks again for looking …

USS Pensacola … Part Two ….

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One more of the USS Pensacola after it had been launched and the tugs are pushing to the dock.  Sorry that I did not include it with the others.  If anyone has a comment, please feel free to post it … especially if you were there in 1926 when the USS Pensacola was launched.  Thanks and check back … Frank

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July 31, 2016 at 2:51 pm

The Launch of the USS Pensacola …

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This is almost a first me … I have actually done some research on the images that I am going to post today and I am going to include a link to more photographs for those of you might be interested in seeing more images.  Two of the photographs are one’s that I have copied for a lady in the past and the other three are from the US Navy site that I am going to give you a link to at the end of the post.  The first image is one from the Navy site that sort of starts the story of the USS Pensacola launch at the Brooklyn Naval Yard on 25 April 1926 …

 

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You see all of dignitaries from the Navy and I know that there are several in this crowd from Pensacola … Harvey Bayless is one who was the City of Pensacola’s City Manager in the 1920’s and he could have even been Mayor at one time … who made the trip to New York and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.   Now the next photo is one that I had copied and showed the ship at a lower level being sent off from the ways.  I am surprised that the Navy does not have copies of the prints that I am going to show and I can only think that maybe the ones that I am showing were shot by a photographer that the City of Pensacola might have hired in New York to record this event for them.  I have not seen them in any local archives such as the Historic Trust, so without further ado …

 

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Interesting don’t you think?  The next photo is a Navy photo showing the boat coming down the ways from out in the East River …

 

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Here come the Pensacola out into the East River.  The next photo is one that I copied showing the USS Pensacola completely out of the dry dock and off of the ways out in the East River.  I believe that the bridge in the background is the Manhattan Bridge.  It possibly could be the Williamsburg Bridge, but if I am wrong, I apologize.  At least I have a fifty-fifty chance of accuracy and for me that is pretty good…

 

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Look how many tugs it takes to move the Pensacola around!  I could have retouched out all of the trash in the East River, but I am striving for authenticity here and besides since this is 1926, I figured that the US DEP would be pretty lax around a naval shipyard.  I do not know if we even had a DEP in the twenties, so there goes my claim for authenticity in the last sentence.  Next and last image is a Navy photograph of the USS Pensacola ( CA-24 ) tied up at the dock…

 

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In fact you can see part of the bridge I mentioned earlier.  There are a lot more images of the USS Pensacola on the Navy here. 

I hope you have enjoyed this little bit ” visual ” naval history and how I tied it all together.  Don’t get used to it because I will be back to my old self of just posting photographs along with a few unrelated comments.  As I mentioned in earlier posts, I have been posting more to Instagram than my blogs, but I have unearthed a lot of new negatives that I have sifting through and will post in the months to come.  If anyone happened to be at the Brooklyn Navy Yard when the Pensacola was launched and want to share it first-hand, we would love to here from you.  You can find me on Instagram at: frankphardy  .   For some unknown reason it would not let me do FrankHardyPhotography  so I used my middle initial “p”.  But you can type “frankhardy” into search and I pop up.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cotton Pickers ….

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This was taken back in the 1920’s by an unknown photographer.  I wish that I knew something about the guys in the photo or the photographer who made the image, but as usual, I know only what I see.  It looks as if it could have been in just another cotton field somewhere on Hwy 87 in north Santa Rosa County.  Maybe they are brothers, maybe two strangers who just met on their first day in the field, whatever the the case may be, they have a long, hot, hard day a head of them.  Notice that their bags trail another few feet once it touches the ground.  They look pretty fresh at this point, so I imagine that their day has just begun.  I read somewhere that pickers were only paid a dime for a full bag and on a good day they were lucky to fill two of these bags.  Twenty cents for eight to ten hours in the hot sun and one hundred degree heat.  That sounds , well, you know how that sounds … I wonder how many lined up to work on this day?  We see two men that did.  The cotton crop in this field looks thin.  Must not have had much rain this growing season.  My father used to tell me stories of him and his brother Ben going to visit their Aunt and Uncle in Pineapple Alabama.  My father was young, maybe eleven or twelve, and he would go out in the fields and pick cotton with all of the workers.  He loved it. Ben hated it.  Ben could not wait to get back to Pensacola.  I have horn that was given to him by his Uncle who would use the horn to call in the workers at the end of the day.  I am sorry to say that I did not take very good  care of horn, but I will photograph it and post a photo later.  Usually at this point in my post I would say something like … If you want to share your experiences picking cotton, we would love to hear them.  But, for some reason, I do not think that I would have many comments.  Thanks for looking, and if you like,  you can share experiences picking peas, string beans, radishes, etc, etc.  Or you could tell us about your backyard garden.  Again, thanks for looking … Frank

Bayou Texar …

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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

Hygeia Bottling Company for Coca-Cola in Pensacola Florida …

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I have had this image sitting around for years and was surprised that I had not posted it yet.  I went back through 390 something posts and could not find where I had put it up, so I decided to post it.  The Hygeia Bottling Company had the franchise to produce and bottle Coca-Cola in Pensacola Florida when Coca-Cola first came out. I obviously did not take this photo or did my father … someone had brought me a photo to copy and I just saved me a negative.  That was over thirty years ago and so I can not remember who, why or what for, but it must have impressed to save a negative.  I have no clue where this is in Pensacola or the year the photograph was taken.  Maybe if someone could tell the make and model of the car on the right hand side of the image, we could establish a year for the photograph.  I wonder if this is the train tracks that run parallel to Wright Street or the tracks out on Border Street in Brownsville.  One more thing, I have started using my Instagram account and posting all different examples of my photography and these photographs from this site.  Some images have not been posted on either blog yet, so it is just not repackaged or redesigned images for Instagram.  I am just trying to find new ways to attract viewers to my blogs and create new interest in my photography.  I have enjoyed posting on Instagram since you get instant responses and there are a lot of new people that I can be exposed to that I otherwise would not.  I still do not have a Facebook site for my photography and somewhere I am going to get around to putting one up.  I really like my blogs and the people that I have reached through them and I have no plan of slowing down, even though that I have had them for years.  It seems that people are so fickle now days and what is popular today will not be two or three years from now.  Thanks again for looking and if anyone knows anything about this image, please let us hear from you.  Also, if anyone has seen this image before, let me know.  Please check back … Frank

The West Florida History Center and University Archives …

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The above image of ” Maxey’s Liquors ” is by the photographer Cottrell taken back in the 1920’s.  You can find it in the West Florida History Center and University Archives out at the John C. Pace Library on the UWF campus.  You can find these images on line here and other images from the UWF archives.  These images have been scanned and are online for your browsing convenience.  The files are high-resolution and not just low-resolution scans for the internet.  I was really impressed with all that is out at UWF and the archives are located in the basement of the library.  Anyone is welcome to use the facility and I talked to Stephanie Johnson when I was there.  There are other people in this department if she is busy.  The above photo of Maxey’s Liquors was just one that caught my attention because this business was located on Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola about where the Tin Cow Restaurant is now located.  The L&L Pawn Shop next door was where my father used to have his wedding albums gold-stamped with the bride and groom’s name.  I can remember the inside of this store like it was yesterday.  Even though my father did not make theses images, I thought there would be readers of this blog would be interested in knowing that these archives are online and available to everyone.  The photo below is of Gilmore’s Furniture and Jewelery Store located on Palafox Street about where the Rex Theater was located before it was converted into a church / spiritual center …

 

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At some point, maybe the 1950’s, this business relocated to the 400 block of Garden Street.  I have an image somewhere on this blog that my father had made of the new Glimore’s building at night.  Just type ” Gilmore ” into the search area on this blog and the post should come up.  There are literally thousands of images on this UWF site from lots of various photographers and places.  I have a phone number ( 850-474-2794 ) for Stephanie Johnson out at the archive department if anyone has any questions or comments.  I knew that this archive was out there, but I had no idea how large it is and how easy it is to access.  There are a lot of people that are interested in local history and this is just one more place for them to go and research or just to view all of the images.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Book Covers From Shelby Foote …

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In an earlier post, I mentioned that my father had gone to school back in the late 1920’s at P.K. Younge School on Palafox Street and that the author, Shelby Foote, was in his class.  He wrote Shelby and sent him these book covers, which he graciously signed and sent back.  The one above reads, ” For Frank Hardy, in memory of old days at PK Younge … From Shelby Foote ” .  Here is another cover …

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This one reads, ” For Frank Hardy From his old school mate … Shelby Foote”.  I have one more cover from his trilogy on the Civil War …

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I am surprised that he titled these books ” The Civil War “, because Southerners never identified the conflict as ” The Civil War ” because there is no such thing as a civil war.  Southerners either called it ” The War Between the States ” or  ” The War of Northern Aggression  “, but very few identified it as ” The Civil War “.  But I guess that most people identified the conflict as The Civil War and recognize it as such.  And one more thing, it was never fought over slavery, however that is another story in itself.  Thanks for looking …. the post previously on Shelby Foote is the one that includes the class photo from my father’s P.K. Younge’s 5th grade class.  Let me know what you thing and as always I am interested in your comments … Frank

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March 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Pensacola Mardi Gras …

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Not sure if this Mardi Gras photo is from the 1920’s or 30’s.  All of the people on the float are wearing black masks for some reason, making them  even more scarey.   The man on the podium is giving someone in the krew the key to the city.  I have seen some other photos similar to this one, but not with the key to the city being handed over.  The man doing the handing could either be the Mayor of Pensacola or maybe the City Manager … someone important for sure.  Who knows, it might even be a relative to Quint Studer or some other mover and shaker back then,  If anyone knows anything about this photo or anything from this era, please share it with us.  I am curious about this one.  I also hope everyone is enjoying their Mardi Gras Tuesday and will make it to church tomorrow for Ash Wednesday, if they are not too hung-over.  As always, all comments are welcomed and appreciated and please check back … Frank

One more thing, my father did not take this photo.  I just had a copy negative that I scanned for this image.  Someone must have brought him the photo to copy and make prints.  If anyone has any idea who the photographer was, please let me know.  Most photographers from this era put their mark somewhere on the print to identify the photographer / artist, but this print did not.  I am sure that it was photographed with a view camera because of the sharpness.  The photographers back during this time names could have been ” Bell “, ” Turpin ” and ” Cottrell ” and would have had their names somewhere on the negative or print if they had made the image.  Thanks again ….

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