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Clubbs Junior High Homerooms …

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These were taken back in 1957 at Clubbs Junior High School on 12th Avenue in Pensacola.  I know that I have posted other photos from Clubbs before, but I just ran across these negatives the other day.  I still have boxes of negatives to go through and decided that 2018 was the year to finish that project.  Whether I will or not, we will just have to wait and see.  There is no information on any of these groups other than they were ” homerooms “.  I guess if someone has a yearbook they might be able to go through it and see if they were used.  However, I do not know if they were taken in 1957 for the 1958 school year or just happen to for the 1957 year. There are around fifty or so groups, but I only cleaned up a handful of them.  Mostly the ones that required the least amount of Photoshop.  The negatives are not in the best condition … sixty-one years have not been kind to them.  I really have no comments about any of them, since I was only four in 1957 and did not know any of the kids.  One of the male teachers looks familiar to me, but other than him all of the others are complete strangers.  With out further ado …

The man in the top row, far left of the last photo is the only person of all of the photos that even looks remotely familiar.  This photo was taken on the north side of school next to the cafeteria I believe.  Some of the other groups were taken on the front steps of the school that faced 12th Avenue.  They tore this building down and replaced it with the N B Cook School for Performing Arts or something to that effect.  So if you are driving around East Hill on 12th Avenue looking for this old building, you are 15 or 20 years too late.  If anyone went to Clubbs in 1957 or 58 and recognizes anyone, please feel free to comment.  I would be interested in hearing from you personally, so please speak up.  I plan on getting back into the swing and posting here a regular basis for 2018 and the future.  I still have a lot to share.  I just apologize for not having any information to share about any of these photos that I post.  Well, not any information but just a little.  I also found some Clubbs sports teams that I will scan when I get a chance and post so please check back.  Happy New Year ….

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 …

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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 …


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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 …


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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

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