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USS Pensacola … Part Two ….

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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

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

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

One More of Doc and Kitty …

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This is one more of Doc ( Milburn Stone ) and Kitty ( Amanda Blake ) at the TownHouse Motor Lodge in downtown Pensacola with some young admirers.  I have had this one sitting around for thirty or forty years and I kept saying that I was going to do something with it … so I finally did.  I really don’t have any comment about the photo other it is a very nice photo of Amanda Blake, the lady in the center of the group. If anyone remembers meeting them when they were here for the Fiesta of Five Flags back in the 1950’s, I would love hearing from you.  I have posted other photos and I do not recall anyone ever mentioning every seeing them or meeting them on their trip to Pensacola. I have a photo of them holding me up that I am going to finally post … it is really goofy of me, but what else is new??  Thanks for looking and do not forget that I mentioned that I have been putting a lot of photos up over on my Instagram account – frankphardy .  I seem to receive more responses there than I ever had on my blogs, so that is why I have been neglecting my blogs the past few months.  I will get back going on these eventually, because I still have a lot images that I plan on posting…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

Steve Dalkowski …

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The player on the far right is Steve Dalkowski and this photo was taken by my father back in 1959.  He is featured in a new movie called FASTBALL .  The movie is narrated by Kevin Costner and is worth seeing, whether or not you are a baseball fan.  It is an extremely entertaining movie and it covers a wide span in the history of baseball.  Here is an article written by Joe Posnanski about Dalkowski that really an interesting story and one of the best on him that I have read recently.  Mr Posnanski is one of the writers interviewed in the movie and is a sports writer when he is not doing movie interviews / work.  Dalkowski’s story is not a Cinderella one, but it is real and interesting.  There are other stories out there on Dalkowski and if you just Google his name you will find a half a dozen good articles.  It just goes to show you that for every Dimaggio, there are thousand of Dalkowskis out there, but then again – that’s life.  I do not have any stories to offer about Dalkowski when he played for the Dons.  I wish that I has something to share with you here and I hope that anyone that reads this and has something to share will.  In fact, I have only talked to a handful of people that have actually been to a Dons game.  The girl whose father owned the Dons, I believe his last name was Davis,  contacted me once and I wish that I had some way to get back in touch with her, because I have some questions to ask her about the Dons.  That is it for now … go watch FASTBALL and let me know what you think.  Thanks for looking and please let me hear your comments or your questions … Frank

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