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Miss America 1951 …

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Here are a few more photos of Yolande Betbeze from Mobile Alabama who was chosen as Miss America 1951.   The link goes to the Miss America web site, but you might want to go to her Wikipedia site and read what they have say.  I am not going to go into it here, but she was one of the most controversial winners that the Miss America had up until that point.  Here are several of her from a parade … most likely a Fiesta Parade, but I am not real sure which parade it was.  Here we go …


Fiesta 1951_Miss America_2_RTP_3 June 13_SFW

Fiesta 1951_Miss America_3_Cropped 2

Fiesta 1951_Miss America_4 _SFW_11 July 13

The middle photo was taken on the corner of Palafox and Garden Street because see the Masonic Lodge building in the background ( which is now Vinyl Music Hall ).  As far as any of the people in the background, maybe you might see someone that you recognize and identify.  That policeman sure pulled some tough duty escorting Miss Betbeze around … he must be the chief or the chief’s relative,  I am sure that this would have been a prized job to have.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

What happened to the last site?

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For the people out there who have been following “Frank Hardy Made My Photographs” for the past two years, I want to personally thank you for all of your comments and checking back to see what I have been putting up in the past.  As for what the reason is for stopping the other blog, it was not me, but Blogger.  Since I did not renew my domain name in a timely enough fashion, the domain was placed in “domain purgatory”  ( my phrase ).  To get my domain name back, I would have had to pay an exorbitant ( to me ) fee and the emails it was going to take was going to be a real headache.  So after a great deal of thought, I just decided to start a new blog on WordPress.  I started my photography blog Frank Hardy Photo Blog a year ago on WordPress and I  like the results, mainly because the photo is so much larger than the one’s I was able to put up on Blogger.  And the photographs are what all of this is about, right?  I am not foolish  enough to believe that people tune in to read  my ramblings.

As far as the photo above is concerned, this is a photo made back in 1951 in a parade in downtown Pensacola on Palafox Street.  How many of you out there can remember these buildings having this black granite facade?   The lady was Miss USA 1951.  I will post a link to her in another post, because she has a rather interesting history.  Below is the photo as a straight black and white with only minimal Photoshop to clean up the scratches and boost up the contrast.  The image above is run through a filter called Topaz to achieve this effect … I also use a filter called Lucis to achieve a similar effect.

The internet does not show the details that the Topaz filter brings out as well as a print does.   If anyone has any questions, please feel free to send them to me … I have gotten everything corrected, so if you do write me, your email will not get bounced back to you.  Thanks again for all your patience and I do plan on re-posting everything that I had put up on the other site in the future … that is going to take me a while because I had over 230 posts in the two years that I had that site up.

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June 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm

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