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The Fisherman …

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The Fisherman 1 _ 8x10 _ RTP _ SFW

I just called this one ” The Fisherman ” for lack of anything else.  I ran across it the other day and thought that it looked somewhat interesting, especially the sky.  It looks like it could have been made over in Gulf Breeze along the Sound or maybe even the Bay.  One thing that stood out to me was how clean the beach looks … now a days you can not go too far in any direction without running across beer cans, plastic bottles and anything else that people throw in the water or leave on the beach after a picnic.  I have a good number of images worked up that I plan on putting up in the next few days, so please check back.  I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving, we did.  Thanks again for looking … Frank

Re-Worked Images …

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Bay Bridge _Plat and IR _ 4 Oct 14 _ Texture

No … I have not been in jail … or the hospital … or have I died …. I have just been busy with other things over the past few weeks and have not been posting any images recently.  One thing that I have been working on lately is re-working some of my images and putting a textured overlay on them.  I am surprised at how much you can change the look and feel of an image by just adding some texture in Photoshop.  The  ” old-school ” way was to do it in printing on textured paper, but you were also very limited by the few printing papers that you could select or by running the finished print through a texture-creating machine.  I have been doing some reading and found a technique that I that would be interesting and am starting to create some new images from old images.  The image above of Pensacola Bay around 1950 is an image that I thought would lend itself well to texturing and I think that it succeeded.  Also, a gift to my viewers, this image is an 8×10 full resolution sized file.  So if you want to down-load the file ( right click and Save as … ) you can make a print to keep.  Just call it an early Christmas gift.  Most of all of the other images on this blog are sized for the web for easy loading and viewing … nothing bothers me more than having to wait minutes for images to load because the photographer was not considerate enough to resize the image or images.  As usual, all comments are appreciated and welcomed.  Please check back, because I forgot to mention that I have been doing some scanning a lot of new negatives.  Thanks 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

 

 

Bayou Texar Ski Club …

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I am not sure if these were made in 1977 or 1979, but I know that someone will let us know.  For some reason, I want to say that these were made for publicity when the Ski Club appeared on the Labor Day Jerry Lewis Telethon.  I used to ski in the Bayou back in the 1960’s, but once I started going to UWF, we sold the boat and that was the end of my water skiing.  I always enjoyed skiing and I have a lot of photos around of me skiing that I will try to find and throw up so everyone can get a good laugh.  As usual, I do not know who most of the skiers are, but I can pick out a Bonifay or two, and I will throw that out when I run across them.  So here goes some photos …

Ski Club 1 _ RTP _ 24 Dec 13  _ SFW

Ski Club 3  _ RTP _ 23 Dec 13  _ SFW

Ski Club 6 _ RTP _ 23 Dec 13  _ SFW

I am fairly sure that Paul Bonifay is the clown on the right side and I think I know the guy next to him, but I want to make sure before I embarrass someone.  A few more with the girls …

Ski Club 13 _ RTP_ 23 Dec 13  _ SFW

Now we are getting somewhere … I am pretty sure that that is Ginger Bonifay on the front row left as you are looking at the photo.

Ski Show 1 _ RTP _ SFW_ 26 Dec 13

That is Ginger on the far left in this photo … cannot tell you who the other girls are but they are some cuties ( if I insult any of the girls with my sexist remarks, I am sorry … I think I am just stating the obvious )  I do not know where I was this day that my dad went and took these photos, but I sure missed it!!!   Here are a few more …

Ski Club 9 _ RTP_ 23 Dec 13 _ SFW

Ski Club 5  RTP_23 Dec 13  _ SFW

That is five or six that I have worked-up and I would say that I have several more that I will get ready and post.  If any one recognizes any of these skiers, let us hear from you and if you know any other info about the Bayou Texar Ski Club, please share it with us.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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December 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

The Harbor View Restaurant …

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The Harbor View Restaurant used to be in the old Municipal Auditorium at the foot of Palafox Street that was torn down at the end of the 1990’s to make way for the Plaza DeLuna.  This restaurant was before my time … I believe it operated in the 1950’s and 60;s, but I am not exactly sure of the dates.  And, I am not really sure who owned or operated the business.   One thing that I can tell you just judging from this photo, the place must have been first class!  I have found several other photos of the interior that my father made, however I could not put my hans on them now.  When I do run across them again, I will set them aside and post them.  If anyone has any comments about the place, please share them with us … Thanks for looking

The Grounds Keeper …

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This is one of my all-time favorite photos … no special reason, except once you start looking at the photo all sorts of things start appearing.  First, look at all of the trash lying on the grounds.  Next, you see that there is a chicken wire fence separating the people in the stands from the players on the field, so all of this trash is from the players!  I guess that they did not have trash cans back in the 1950’s or the players must have felt that the grounds keepers would pick up after them.   Then you look at the grounds keeper himself … he has a smile on his face and he looks to be taking a lot of pride in his job.  The guy has really looks to be enjoying himself … he is probably thinking to himself that he has a front row seat to the action, he gets in free and he is getting paid to be around a game that he obviously loves.  The team must think a lot of him, because he is even included in a couple of the teams photos … I doubt that the Blue Wahoos are going to include their grounds keepers in their team photo.  The Blue Wahoos, for those who do not know, is the name of the AA baseball team that will be playing at the new ballpark being built in downtown Pensacola.  Thanks for looking …

 

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July 31, 2011 at 10:36 am

Pensacola Bay Bridge …

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This is one of my favorite photos … mainly because of the clouds.  The grass in the fore-ground would be Bayfront Parkway today.  This photo was made around 1951 or 1952.  Below is a photograph that Billy Tarbuck sent me a while back that shows the bridge from over by the train trestle on 17th Avenue, which actually shows the bridge better than in this photo.

You see the building by the bridge entrance better from this angle than from the first photo and the bridge is closer.  One thing that was not built in the above photo was the Wayside Park with all of it’s picnic tables.  In fact, it does not look as if there was enough land to have built the park along with the parking lot that was with the park, so that land must have been filled in later to build the Wayside Park.  My thanks to Billy for sending me this photo …

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July 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm

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