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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pensacola Fire Department …

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This is in the square at Palafox and Government Streets sometime back in the 1920’s.  That is the Escambia County Courthouse in the background.  Look at the facial expressions on the fire fighters … also look at all of the activity in the background.  Everyone is busy and going someplace.  Even though this is a black and white image ( toned actually ) it seems that black or some dark color is the predominant color for suits, dresses and cars back in the 1920’s.  As usual I have no clue who any of the fire fighters are or what they are doing, but it doesn’t matter.  Here is one more from a different direction …

 

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Here you see the TT Wentworth Museum in the background, that at one time used to be the Pensacola City Hall.  Even I can remember going down to the City Hall back in the late 1960’s and up into the 1970’s and doing business there.  So it must have been in use up until the new City Hall down on Main Street was built back in the 1980’s.  I have some photos that I took when they were building the new City Hall over on my other blog that I have showing my photography.  If anyone knows anything about either of these two photographs, please feel free to comment.  Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

New York City 1931 ….

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This row of billboard advertising in New York City was located on 12th Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Avenues.  12th Avenue runs north and south next to the Hudson River up and down Manhattan.   42nd and 43rd Streets run east and west and will take you across to Times Square.   On the right side of the frame is the Taxi or Hack Stand, at least that is what the sign says.  I Google Earthed this address to see what is located here now and it looks like the UPS shipping store is here.  I doubt if there are very many around today that remember when New York used to look like this, so I do not expect any comments.  But the billboards on the wall are interesting and I am surprised of the companies listed that are still around today… GM, Gulf Oil, Heinz.  And let’s not forget the Ringling Brother’s Circus.  I can almost imagine Tony Soprano’s uncle going to the Hack Stand here to catch a ride across town to the Italian Social Club.  Thanks for looking and I have some photos of Pensacola in the 1920’s ready to post, so please check back …. Frank

Home Show at the Pensacola Municipal Auditorium …

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I am going to start off with this young lady displaying the new colorful rotary dial phones from Southern Bell and Telegraph.  It comes in a variety of beautiful colors, however, since color film did not become used wide-spread until the 1960’s and this is 1956, you are just going to have to take this lady’s word for it.  There is only one model of phone at the present time, but it does come in eight beautiful colors … as you can tell from the various tones of phones.  Be the first on your block to get rid of your basic black phone … the start of phone envy!!  Moving on to soft drinks …

 

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Two magnetized Royal Crown Oven Mitts for only 50 cents and two RC bottle caps.  I almost will wager that this is one of the first promotions in stores back in the 1950’s.  It is hard to believe that before this time the retailers had yet to utilize store promotions.  All of that untapped consumer advertising gone to waste for those previous years.  Well friend, no need to worry, because in the next thirty years or more they would more than make up for years of no promotions.  It is hard to even imagine the decades before without in-store promotions.  And let’s not forget the radio stations and TV stations getting  involved, along with magazines and newspapers.  Your head should be spinning now in ” promotional heaven “… It has only just begun!  Thanks for looking and if any of you remember this Home Show down at the Pensacola Municipal Auditorium, please let us hear from you.  Thanks again … Frank

Gull Point Community Center Play …

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The negative envelope read ” Gull Point 3/26/56 “.  Nothing more.  The envelope contained around 40 4×5 black and white negatives. No names. No contact number.  I found the envelope around fifteen years ago, along with tens of thousands of other negative envelopes and just set it aside from all of the other envelopes.  School plays must have been a big thing thing in the 1940’s and 50’s, however when I came along in the 1960’s, they were a thing of the past.  At least for me … I cannot ever remember being in a play or ever watching one at an elementary school, junior high school or high school that I attended.  The only time that I ever got dressed in a costume ( besides Halloween ) was to dress as a carrot and walk in in a Fiesta Parade back around 1962 with my first or second grade class from Episcopal Day School.  It was in the summer and it was hot.  I was miserable, but I walked the whole parade route without passing out or fainting.  I wish I could find a photo of us carrots walking up Palafox, I know I have one somewhere or someone has a photo of a pack of carrots trudging up Palafox Street in a parade.  Now back to Gull Point … here are a few more photos that I have worked up …

 

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If anyone out there remembers attending a play out at Gull Point Community Center in March of 1956, please let us hear from you.   I do not know if this is the community center or if there was an elementary or junior high school back in the 1950’s ( before my time) and I am interested.  The more I look at the photos, these look like elementary school kids and not junior high students.  I will work on some more of these negatives in the future, so check back.  Thanks for looking and as usual are comments are welcomed and appreciated, so knock yourself out.  And one more thing – if anyone has any photos of a group of carrots marching up Palafox in the 1960’s, please contact me.  Now the more I think of it, maybe we weren’t a bunch of carrots, but a bunch of oranges!!  Well, either way, carrots or oranges, think of me…

 

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April 6, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Some New Images Purchased Off Of Ebay …

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I posted this image over on my Instagram site and a lady identified this scene as the clock tower in Bern Switzerland.  She goes by ” TrueColorChrome ” on Instagram and her specialty is colorizing black and white images.  Here is a link to her web site and she is truly an artist.  The work she does is amazing and people do not realize how time consuming the process is.  She was also the one that located the city and country that this was taken.  It was one of three negatives that I purchased from an individual on Ebay, of which two of the images I have already posted ( the market / street scene post one or two posts back ) .  The next several photographs were taken in Paris before WW II…

 

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The photographs were taken on Rue Royale  in Paris.  From what I been able to assume from looking on Google Maps and some other sources, the photographer might have been standing in the middle of Rue Royale  and took the first photograph.  Then he turned 180 degrees and took the second  photograph.  I was able to enlarge a sign on the right hand side of the image which read “Chrisofle”.  This business is located on Rue Royale and here is a link to the Chrisofle web site ( it sells silverware ) and a map showing it’s present day location.  I did run across a photo of this Rue Royale taken after WW II and the building across the street from this business had been completely destroyed.  And the amazing thing to me was that the building at the end of this street was not bombed by the Nazi air raid.  Now I doubt that the Nazi raid did not do this on purpose, because it is widely known that it did not bother Hitler if important buildings, museums, etc were destroyed or not. There is nothing special about either image other that the fact that they were pre-WWII and the seller was not asking much for them.  I am surprised what seller’s are asking on Ebay for some unknown individual’s personal photos.  I have seen amateur’s negatives going for thousands of dollars and they are nothing more than just random views of nothing … I have always said ” Just because it is old, does not make it gold ” .

That is it for now … If anyone has ever been on the above streets in Bern Switzerland or Paris France ( not Kentucky or Texas ) and would like to comment, please feel free.  My Instagram account gets me way more views that my blogs have ever received and it is easier to access.  So please feel free to see what I post on it and to leave a comment.  Thanks again for looking and I am going to try to get back in the habit of posting more frequently in the future.  For now … stay safe.

 

 

The Community Chest … Part One …..

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Several weeks ago the Pensacola News Journal printed an article by John Appleyard about the Community Chest.  The Community Chest later turned into the United Way.  It was an interesting article by Mr. Appleyard, as they all are.  I ran across these images years ago and set them aside … the only thing that interested me were all of the photos of the local ” movers and shakers “, since my father had taken the photos.  A lot of the names are very familiar to me and a few mean nothing to me, but that really does not mean anything since these images are sixty years old.  I was only two when these were taken.  There are a few images, so I am going to break these up into two posts.  Since I do not know anything much about the images, I am just going to post the images and leave out any comments to the end.  Here we go …

 

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None of the people standing in front of the tally boards are familiar to me … I recognize a lot of the names / faces of the the people on the boards.  I am sure some of you out there will be able to identify these of these people.  I also apologize for not being able to figure out how to put a link to Mr. Appleyard’s article in the Pensacola News Journal.  In fact, I am not sure if I would be allowed to since so many publications do not allow bloggers to link to their sites because of plagiarism laws.  Maybe someone out there will let me know how to link and if I am even allowed to.  Thanks again for looking and feel free to comment.  I will post the other images in a week or so … Frank

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