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Another One From The Port of Pensacola …

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Pensacola Port 5_RTP 1 _ Best _ 7 Jan 15    _ SFW

This is one taken in a warehouse down at the Port of Pensacola from back in the 1950’s, maybe around 1955.  I had posted another one like it with another man bending over loading a sack with this nitrate in the photo, but I removed him in this image.  I have always thought that this photo had an interesting look to it.  I ran it through the Lucis Art filter in Photoshop to add some contrast to an otherwise “flat” image.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Pensacola USO in the 1950’s …

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USO 1 _ RTP_ 18 Dec 14 _ SFW

I do not know what the ceremony here portrays, but it looks like it might be a July 4th celebration since I see some lady dressed up as the Statue of Liberty.  The ceremony looks as if it were held in the building on Spring Street that was once the USO Building.  I think it now is a storage / supply building that Escambia County uses for surplus office equipment.  There were 15 or 16 negatives in the envelope, but I only bothered to work-up around four of the negatives … I might do some more later, but they seem to be all about the same as these.  I am sure that some of you will recognize some familiar faces in these crowd shots.  I am also not exactly sure of the date.  Sometime in the 1950’s seems like a good guess …

 

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USO 4 _ RTP _ 18 Dec 14 _ SFW

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USO 6 _ RTP _ 18 Dec 14  _ SFW

OK, I had done five of these images, so  I believe that I have eleven more to do.  I have a box full of new negatives to scan and I will start work on them next year.  I am up to almost four hundred posts and I am not sure of the total number of prints, but I would guess close to eight hundred images.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy new years.  This year 2014 has really flown by, however 2015 is starting out slow for me.  Please check back and if anyone recognizes any of these individuals let us know … Frank

Pensacola High School Annona Ads …

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PHS Ad 6 _ Dress Store   _ RTP _ SFW

These photos were shot to be used in ads for the Pensacola High School yearbook Annona.  As usual, I have no clue who any of these young ladies are in any of these photos or do I know exactly which business they advertised.  But I am confident that some of you out there will let us know.  I am going to say that they are from the 1950’s, but they could be from the 1960’s.  The one above is from some dress store in Pensacola and it most likely was downtown somewhere, since the malls did not come about until later ( I am guessing about that ) in the late 1960’s I would guess.  Here are several more photos …

 

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Elebash Jewelers _ PHS Ad  1_RTP _SFW

The last photo of the girls looking at the silver settings was made in side Elebash Jewelery store in downtown Pensacola I believe, bit I could be wrong.  The girls in the cosmetic store is not familiar to me at all, so if anyone recognizes the store let us know.  Thanks again and I hope looking at these photos puts you in the shopping mood for Christmas …. Check back and be safe … Frank

W R Jones Used Cars …

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The only thing that I am fairly sure of is that this car lot was on the corner of Garden and Pace Blvd ( and I am not even 100% sure of this being Pace and Garden ).  At one time this corner was the location for Astro Lincoln-Mercury before they moved out to Car City on Highway 29 North.  Here are several more views …

 

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The old cars are interesting to see and also look at all of the oil stains in the road…one thing that I have noticed from all of these road photos that I have worked on over the last few years is how much oil you find on the streets.  These cars back in the 1940’s and 50’s must have leaked oil like a sieve … I have often wondered if it could have been inferior gaskets made out of cork back in those days.  Whatever the problem, it was something that needed to be fixed.  Any comment about any of this is appreciated.  I have several more posts ready to go and I will put them up next week.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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November 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

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 …

 

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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

Pensacola In The Early 1900’s …

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Escambia Hotel_SFW

These are images that someone had brought to me thirty years or so ago to copy and make prints.  I must have given the negatives to the person because all I have are the prints.  The thing that impressed me about these images was how sharp they were.  Whom ever the photographer was that photographed these scenes must have had an incredibly sharp lens, along with fact that were shot on 8×10 film.  I have seen 8×10 images that were no where near as sharp as these prints.  The prints that the person brought to me were contact prints, so I am sure that that played a part in the prints sharpness.  The image above was of the Escambia Hotel.  I have no idea where the hotel was located, but I would imagine that it was either in North Hill or in downtown Pensacola.  I also believe that these prints were taken somewhere around 1910.  The next one is of the train station in downtown Pensacola …

 

Pensacola Railroad Station _ SFW

This is the old L&N Train-Station in downtown Pensacola.  The Crown Plaza Hotel across from the Pensacola Bay Center on Garden Street is there now.  The street in the back of the station is Wright Street.  I can remember this station as a kid in the 1950’s.  I would go down there with my father and pick-up packages that would come in on the train.  The floor inside the station was black and white tile in these geometric patterns.  It was all open – no air conditioning – and I always remember it having lots of people coming and going, sitting around waiting for their train or to pick-up someone or moving packages all over the place.  I was too young to really understand what was going on, but it did fascinate me with all the activity.  The next image is one of Ferdinand Square on Palafox Street …

 

Pensacola_ Ferdinand Park_ SFW

The building on the left side of the frame is what today is called the TT Wentworth Museum.  At one time it was the Pensacola City Hall.  You can read the signs on the side of the buildings in this image and the ships in the harbor is visible.  This park is still pretty much today as it was over a hundred years ago, except with more foliage from the trees and the shrubs.  I do not put up many other photos from other photographers unless I think that the images are somewhat relevant to Pensacola or are related to other photographs that I have posted in the past.  And I think that these fall into that last category … anyone from Pensacola can relate to these images.  Thanks for looking and I have some more current images that I will post shortly.  As always, all comments are appreciated … so if anyone out there remembers the old L&N Train Station or the Escambia Hotel, please let us hear from you … Frank

 

 

Fiesta Car Wash …

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Fiesta Car Wash 1 _ 10x8 _ RTP _ SFW

I had posted something on the Fiesta Car Wash on the other blog, but I cannot remember ever posting anything on this blog.  There are more negatives on this car wash and I will post them when I run across them.  This was before my time, so I do not know where this car was located or anything about business in particular.  I have a lot of negatives that I need to scan and I plan on to in the not too distant future.  If anyone remembers the Fiesta Car Wash, let us hear from you.  Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

Written by Frank Hardy

August 28, 2014 at 11:52 am

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