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Twelfth Avenue Fire …

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12 Ave Looking South _ 1956_6x4_3 Jan 14_ SFW

On Sunday August 17, 1975, a fire destroyed this entire block. It was a Sunday morning around 11:00 when it started in the freezer of Exotic Florist.  There was an electrical short in the wiring of the freezer that held Exotic’s flowers.  This building was built sometime in the early 1950’s and the building code did not require fire walls between the offices … since there was no fire wall, all of the units shared a common attic.  Once the fire got into the attic, it was just a short time until all of the businesses where consumed in fire.  My father happened to be there at the time and was able to grab a few cameras and save them, but everything else in his studio was completely destroyed.  The following is a photographic story of the fire, the aftermath and the rebuilding of the block.  There are a lot of photos and they really need no explanation, so I won’t bother you with any …

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I tried to enter the photographs in some type of sequence starting down at Exotic Florist and then moving north up 12th Avenue through the rest of the businesses.  The entire fire from start to finish only took an hour or so.  The firemen did an excellent job in getting the fire out and luckily they were able to save the Winn-Dixie grocery store.  Now the next photograph is the clean-up several days later …

Studio Burned _ RTP _ SFW

There was an alley between the grocery store and the building that burned, so I am sure that was the reason that Winn-Dixie did not burn.  But it did have smoke and some water damage.  The above photo was taken the following week and I am not sure of the date.  The Moulton’s owned the property and cleaned up the damage within a week or so.  Now, the next images are of the new building that was built within six months of the fire …

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The aerial photograph is one that I made years later, but I thought that it added something to the rest of the images.  The only businesses that went back in were Dr. Hoyt, Fischler Framing and my father.  This new building was completed by February 1976.  He had moved across the street to a vacant building on Gonzalez Street and this is where he had started his business in 1948.  There are several other photos that I might throw up later, but this is the majority of the images that I have collected / found through the years. The Pensacola News Journal did an article on my father and the fire, but I do not know if I am allowed to publish the photos and the write-up, with copyright laws and such.  Speaking of which, there is a local hospital that has been using my photos in their centennial advertisements without my permission or compensation, but that is a whole other story.  Thanks for looking and please check back.  Also, if anyone remembers the fire and happened to around when the fire started, I would like to hear from you … Frank.  I will leave you with one more view across the parking lot looking North.

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A Few More From The Old Sacred Heart Hospital …

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Doctor and Patient _ RTP _ SFW

Here is a doctor and his patient discussing his upcoming surgery.  Or that is what it looks like to me.  I wonder when the doctor’s stopped using / wearing those things around their head to look into your throat or whatever part of your body that they were examining.  In fact, I hope someone out there can tell us what the name of that thing is that the doctor is wearing and what it’s purpose actually is.  I have often wondered what those things are called when I watch an old movie from the 1930’s or 40’s and you see the doctor wearing one.  Next is a couple of patients sitting outside in their wheelchairs …

 

Wheel Chairs  _ RTP _ SFW

This was taken on the south side of the hospital where the emergency rooms entrance was located.   I have to say that these wheelchairs look to be some of the first one’s ever designed and built.  That is all I have for today.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

The Old Kwik – Chek on Gonzalez Street …

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Kwik Check 2_RTP_4 Dec 14 _ SFW

Before it was Win-Dixie, it was called Kwik-Chek … how many of you can remember that name?  OK, I see a few hands out there, not many but I see a few.  I cannot tell you how many times that I walked around this store.  In fact, I can see the lay-out of the inside like it was yesterday and I had just been in picking-up some groceries.  They remodeled the store and did some cosmetic up-grades and then several months later they shut it down and moved out on Bayou Blvd.  It was a big shock to all of the businesses and homes in the neighborhood, since this was the first time that there was a grocery store on 12th Avenue in the vicinity.  I know that I have posted some other panoramas of this area and I do not believe that I have posted this exact one.  If I have, I am sorry.  I am getting to a point that I can not remember all of the hundreds of images I have posted and I do not feel like going back through them now.  Thanks … Frank

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December 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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Boy Blowing Bubbles in the Backseat …

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Boy Blowing Bubbles 1 _ Correct Scan _ RTP 2 _21 Nov 14_Lucis_Best _SFW

Ok, Ok … I made a mistake on the last ” Boy Blowing Bubbles ” image and I did scan it backwards.  I thought that it was sort of interesting that someone was driving an auto brought over from England since the steering wheel was located on the right side.  However, after Rusty noticed it and said that the image was backward, I went back and rescanned it correctly and worked it up.  I also did another negative that was in the envelope that I did not bother working up and posting earlier.  The detail in the car’s body is more interesting than the bubbles that the boy is blowing, which do not really show up all that well.  The car is parked on DeSoto Street in front of the offices on the side.  My father’s first studio was located here before he moved across the street to 12th Avenue, so this was made in the late 1940’s.  Next is another view straight on of the boy blowing bubbles and you see the north side of the old Sacred Heart Hospital in the background …

 

Boy Blowing Bubbles 2 _ Lucis and Sharp_RTP_21 Nov 14  _Crop 2 _ SFW

I do not know the make or model of the automobile, but it looks like it is brand new or it had just been washed and waxed.  As mentioned in the earlier post, I have no idea who this boy is but some of you out there might recognize the boy.  Thanks for looking and keeping me straight … if you ever notice a glaring mistake like I had made earlier, please let me know … Frank

Nurses At Sacred Heart Hospital In The 1940’s …

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Nurses By Flag_RTP _ SFW

Staying in the 1940’s, I scanned some prints that my father had made at the old Sacred Heart Hospital.  The three that I am posting are ones that I just scanned in the past several days … mostly because they did not require too much Photoshop work to get ready to put up on this site.  This first one has always been interesting to me and for some reason or another I have just never gotten around to scan it.  The next is a group of nurses on the steps out front of the hospital …

 

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Note all of the ivy on the walls out front of the hospital and also notice the round globe lights … I do not think that I have seen these before, maybe I have but I just do not recall at the moment.  The last one is of the nurses in the nursery with a newborn …

 

Nurses in Nursery _ RTP _ SFW

Notice the ” S C ” on the nurses pocket that stands for ” Sister’s of Charity “, the order that ran the hospital.  I wish I had more information to share with you about these images, but maybe someone out there might recognize some of the nurses in these photos and know something to share with us.  I will say that these images from the 1940’s and earlier are all prints that I scan … that accounts for the color of the images, which I think is interesting.  I could take the color out in Photoshop, but for some reason I like the color and tone of the images.  I will not necessarily that they have aged this color as much as I believe some where printed on a ” warm ” tone paper.  The images that are more black and white might have been printed on a ” cold ” tone paper.  Thanks for looking and if you know anything about any of these images, please feel free to comment.  Thanks for looking … Frank

Nurses Out Front Of Sacred Heart Hospital 1940’s …

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Two Nurses Out Front_RTP_16 April 14  SFW

These two nurses are standing out front on the lawn of the old Sacred Heart Hospital …in the background  to the left you see the base of the marble stairs.  As usual, I have no clue who these young ladies are.  I have had this photo lying around for years and have just never posted it for some unknown reason.  If anyone has a clue who these nurses are, please feel free to share it with us.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Clubbs Junior High School Cheerleaders 1956 …

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Clubbs Girls 3_RTP_3 Nov 14 _ SFW

I thought that I would post a couple of photos that I have been sitting on for years and just never got around to doing anything with them.  I ran across the scans of the negatives just the other day and they were in good shape and they would not take a lot of Photoshop work to get them ready to post so here they are.  As usual I have no clue who any of the girls are in the photo, but I have a good friend who’s sister went to Clubbs during this period and I know that she can identify a few of the girls in the photo if not all of them.  I have more of this same group of cheerleaders that I will get ready and post later.  How many of you out there can remember a good old Clubbs cheer?  I wish that I could find some action sports shots, but all that I have run across are team photos.  If anyone out there has any photos from the football, baseball or basketball games, let me know.  I would be interested in scanning them to post on the blog.  Also, any PHS sports teams in action would be something that I am interested in seeing.  I found some basketball action photos against PHS and Escambia when Coach Beck was coach at PHS.  I will find them and post them in the near future.  One more thing, if anyone out there has any photos of the PHS teams in action let me know, especially the football teams of the 1950’s and 1960’s.  My father went to every home game during those years and I know that he was on the side-lines making photos for the yearbook.  If anyone out there has any of these old photos, pleas let me know because I would be interested in seeing them.  Everything that he had from this era was lost in the fire of 1975.   Here is one more of the cheerleaders …

 

Clubbs Girls 7  _ RTP _ 3 Nov 14 _ SFW

Thanks again for looking and if anyone has any of the photos mentioned above, contact me through this blog.  I have connected these blogs with Facebook in hopes of getting more viewers  and it has helped somewhat in getting me some new readers.  However, I rarely ever go and check my messages on Facebook.  If you have a comment or want to send me a message, please do it through either one of my blogs.  Thanks for looking and please let me hear from you … Frank

 

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