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The West Florida History Center and University Archives …

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Maxi s  Liquor Store _ RTP_ 21 April 15_SFW

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

Downtown Pensacola Through The Years …

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This first image of the Palafox Wharf in downtown Pensacola was made back in the 1930’s and this is strictly a guess.  I found the negative in an old Kodak printing paper box that my father used to put negatives in once he was finished with it.  My guess is that someone else had taken the photograph and had brought it to my father to make prints.  That is only a guess and I doubt if we will ever know the story, but it shows Palafox Street in a different era … back when wind powered the ships. The strip of land on the far side is where the Port Royal development is now located.  On the roof on one of the buildings in the top right of the image is a sign advertising ” Elebash Jewelery Co. ” so that might date the photo if someone knows when the sign was painted.  The next photo was made in the 1950’s …

 

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If someone can identify the year of the car parked out front, we might have a date for this photo.  I am going to make a guess and say that the car is a Chrysler, but that is just a guess.  This is Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola and like I mentioned earlier, I think that it sometime in the 1950’s.  I personally do not remember ” Day’s Credit Clothing ” or the ” Quality Shoes ” shop next door.  The last is a photo standing in the middle of Palafox at the Romana Street intersection.

 

Downtown Pensacola 70s _ RTP _ 13 April 15 _ SFW

This is looking north up Palafox and I am going to say sometime in the early 1970’s, maybe 1973.  I am sure that someone out there can most likely tell us.  It has really changed over the years.  If anyone has any comments about the time-frame of any of these images, please comment.  If anyone can remember any of these stores or anything else we would love to hear from you.  Thanks again for all of the nice comments from everyone over on Facebook … it is nice to know that some local people enjoy remembering Pensacola and vicinity through the years.  Thanks again for looking … Frank

Unknown Football Team …

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Football Team_No Info _ RTP _ 11 Mar 15  _ SFW I have the negative for this image filed as ” Football Team – Unknown “.  I feel that it is probably from Pensacola High School, but I cannot be positive.  But what interests me is the team’s equipment … the helmets look to be made of leather and there is no protective bar on the front of the helmet.  I do not know what you call this protective piece that is worn on all of the helmets now days.  Look at player number “36” seated on the front row.  He looks like he is sporting some type of bandage over his left eye … must have taken a really bad hit, but it did not stop him.  On the back row there are several players ( #56 for one ) that look like they are wearing a helmet from back in the 1930’s or 40’s for sure.  The stadium suggests that this could have been PHS, but like  I mentioned I am not sure.  I know that there a few views out there that could tell me if this is PHS or not and maybe they will speak out and tell us.  I just found this negative recently and it was loose in a box with a lot of other negatives that had no information either.  However, like I have mentioned earlier, my main purpose is to share images that my father made and to show a much simpler time / era.  If someone has any information, well that is great … icing on the cake so to speak.  If not, you have an idea what your parent’s and grandparent’s lived through and endured.  So maybe we don’t have it so bad after all, eh?  Thanks for looking and as always all comments are welcomed and appreciated … Please check back … Frank

Anyone Recognize Any of These People …

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IMG_0892 UnKnown Group _ RTP 5x4_ SFW

Do any of these people look familiar to you?  The man on the far left looks vaguely familiar to me … no clue to the lady … the next guy, maybe and the guy on the end, no clue.  The photo is torn in several places and is not in very condition and I can not even identify where the photo was made or what they are standing in front of.  I have a feeling someone out there will recognize someone in this photo.   To the people here in the panhandle, I hope that you made it through the rain storm unscathed and all right.  For the people who did not, I feel for you … we lost our home in Hurricane Ivan, had more damage the following year with Dennis, so I know what you are going through.  You just have to remember that time heals everything … that no matter how bad it looks today, it does get better.   When ?  Well. that is the $64,000 question.  So good luck and if anyone knows any of these people, leave a comment.  Thanks for looking … Frank

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May 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

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Equality Cornet Band … Update

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Equality Cornet Band_RTP _ SFW

I have had this image floating around for decades and finally got around scanning it a year or so back.  I am fairly sure that my father did not photograph this image … the only thing that I can think of is that someone brought it by to be copied or something and never returned to pick it up.  I know absolutely nothing about the ” Equality Cornet Band ” and I have never bothered to Google it either.  Maybe I should have done it before I posted it, but as usual, I did not bother.  However, on the other hand, that is not really my purpose or am I all that interested in the history of the ” Equality Cornet Band “, it just makes me smile when I look at the image.  So on that note, thanks for looking and please check back.  I have been scanning a large selection of negatives that I have had laying around, so I should have enough to keep me busy for the next few months.  Thanks for looking … Frank

PS – I Googled ” Equality Cornet Band ” and nothing popped up, so I have nothing more to add.  Maybe some of you jazz aficionados might recognize the group … I don’t know if they would be classified as jazz or marching band or big band or what.  I just cannot imagine that there is not anything  out there on the internet about the group.

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March 28, 2014 at 3:37 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 ….

PHS Graduating Class of 1934 …

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This is a photo of the old Pensacola High School that was located at the top of Palafox Street, one block up from where the First Baptist Church is located.  In fact, part of First Baptist’s parking lot is this location.  My father had made  a 16×20 photograph of the school and got everyone to  sign it at one of their reunions.  When my father graduated in 1934, PHS did not have a yearbook that year … all that they had was a sheet of paper with all of the graduate’s names and their activities they were involved in.  I do not know if this was because of the Depression or what the reason was.  The photo is fairly sharp and if you click on the photo, it will open up in another window larger and you can see the name a little clearer.  Thanks for looking … FRank

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January 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

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