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USS Pensacola … Part Two ….

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USS Pensacola _ 10x8 _RTP_22 July 16 _ Sharpened _SFW

 

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

Town and Country Plaza …

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Town and Country Plaza 2 _ 1956_RTP_14 Dec 15 _SFW

This is a view of Town and Country Plaza being built back in the early 1960’s.  The camera was a Wide-Lux Panoramic camera that used 120 roll film.  I do not know who the developers of this project were, but I doubt that this was a local group.  The road in the foreground was called ” Pottery Plant Road ” and was eventually changed to Fairfield Drive since the Pensacola Interstate Fair used to be located on this road before it was relocated to Mobile Highway.  Here is one more view …

 

Town and Country Plaza _ 1956_RTP_14 Dec 15_SFW

Back when this shopping center was built, no one could envision a shopping mall that would be enclosed and air conditioned.  In fact, I am sure a lot of people at this time would ask ” what is air conditioning ? ” .  If anyone wants to share there shopping experiences here at Town and Country Plaza, please feel free.   Thanks for looking and please check back.  And Happy Holidays to everyone …

 

 

Port of Pensacola …

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Pensacola Port 1956 _ RTP _ 13 April 15 _ SFW

Here are some more images of the Port of Pensacola from back in the 1950’s.  I had posted some others a year or so back of men working in this warehouse that I thought looked fairly interesting..  There are some more but they are mostly of people at what looks to be a cocktail party or something and I do not know who any of the people are in them.  Here we go …

 

Pensacola Port 1956 _ RTP _ 13 April 15 _ SFW2

Pensacola Port 1956 _ RTP_13 April 15 _ SFW

A primary product at the Port of Pensacola during this time was fertilizer I have been told.  Not really sure if it was imported or exported, but I am sure that someone out there will know and can enlighten us.  One thing that I do not want to hear is how the Port has been awash in red – ink for the last fifty years … I am fairly sure that the Port was in the black for a few years back in the 1960’s.  I also do not want to hear from any nay-sayers that the Port should be closed down and made into condos like that did at the foot of Palafox Street.  That project has turned out great or at least it looks great.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Pensacola Regional Airport Runway Construction …

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Back before the Pensacola International Airport became ” International “, it was called the Pensacola Regional Airport.  Sometime in the 1950’s, the airport runways were resurfaced and extended.  This series of images shows the construction resurfacing process … I wish I new more about them, but I do not.  I know that there is a lot more to it than just mixing up a batch of concrete and making sure that it is level.  The strength of the concrete is determined by the ratio of sand to rocks and water, the amount of cement mix is a big factor and I am sure there are many other things that I have not mentioned, since I am not an engineer or claim to be.  I always enjoyed this type of photographic work, since it was something that I knew nothing about but was interested in how things work.  Hey, that could be the title of a tv show explaining how things are built and constructed … I might be on to something!  Most all of the images are pretty self-explanatory, so I am going to dispense with the running commentary and stupid comments.  Here we go:

 

Airport Noonan Const 4  _ RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const 15 _ RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const 16 _ RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const 5  _ RTP _SFW

Airport Noona Const 8 _ RTP _ SFW

Airport  Noonan Const 12 _ RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const 7 _ RTP  _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const  10 _ RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const 14 _ RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const 18  _  RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const  6 _ RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const  _ RTP _ SFW

Mr Noonan _RTP _ SFW

The last two images maybe should have been shown earlier in the process, but it is what it is.  The images of them unloading the equipment off of the barges was no where near where the airport runway is located, so my only guess that either they were taken at the Port of Pensacola or somewhere else in Pensacola Bay.  But as usual, I do not know.  If you look close in some of the photos you see the airport tower and the airport itself way in the background.  I wish that I had some other photos of the airport itself, but I have pretty much posted everything that I have found taken at the airport.  If any of you have anything of the Pensacola Airport from back in the 1950’s and 60’s, I would be interested in seeing what you have.  Thanks for looking and please check back and don’t forget that I have my personal blog that you can get to by clicking on a link on the right side of the screen.  Wishing everyone a happy New Year … Frank

Concrete Supply Company …

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Concrete Supply  3 _ RTP _ SFW

I do not know anything about Concrete Supply Company, I ran across these the other day and thought that they looked interesting.  It must have been a huge operation with all of the trucks that they operated.  These photos were made on August 24, 1956, or that was the date on the negative envelope.  The construction business in Pensacola must have been booming during this time for this company to maintain and operate so many trucks.  Here are a few more photos …

 

Concrete Supply  2  _ RTP   _ SFW

Concrete Supply 1 _ RTP  _ SFW

I have no idea where this business was located, but it sure took up a lot of property somewhere in Pensacola.  If you have any information regarding this business or the concrete business in general, please feel free to share it with us.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Machine at Mill …

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I do not know what type of mill, the negative envelope did not mention where this was taken.  It could really be anywhere or any type of mill.  The negative is extremely sharp and you can read all the numbers on the gauge and the lettering on the various parts of the machine.  It is too bad that the internet cannot match the sharpness and let you read the writing, but you can see the texture of the wood and metal in the image.  This image was run through the Lucis Art Filter.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Written by Frank Hardy

October 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Posted in 1950's, Machinery

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