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Another First Methodist Photo …

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First Methdist 1 _ RTP _ 8 April 14  SFW

This is not a great photo … it is not as sharp as I would like it to be.  I have several different variations of this view and I have been working on one for the longest trying to remove the telephone pole out of the photo.  I have about half taken out and I have spent too many hours on it already, but I will finish it one day.  In the mean time I thought that I would just throw this one out.  My father made this back when it snowed fairly hard in Pensacola back in February of 1958, I believe was the year.  If I am wrong, please correct me.  You also see in the corner on the right side of the frame,  the old furniture company building that now houses The Wright Place.  I wish I could remember the name of the old furniture company, but that was before my time.  I remember that Rhodes Furniture occupied the building on the other side of Wright Street across from Christ Church.  If anyone has any comments, please let us hear them and thanks for looking … Frank

NOTE:  The image that I mentioned in the above post is up on the blog and it does have the telephone pole in the image.  I have been working on taking it out and I will eventually.  I am not sure of the date that I posted it, but it is only about 20 or so posts back from this one.  You can go up to the ” search ” button on the top right side of this blog and type in ” First Methodist Church ” and it will pop up with a few other First Methodist posts … Thanks

Pensacola Mardi Gras …

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IMG_1228 Pens Mardi Gras 2_RTP _SFW

Not sure if this Mardi Gras photo is from the 1920’s or 30’s.  All of the people on the float are wearing black masks for some reason, making them  even more scarey.   The man on the podium is giving someone in the krew the key to the city.  I have seen some other photos similar to this one, but not with the key to the city being handed over.  The man doing the handing could either be the Mayor of Pensacola or maybe the City Manager … someone important for sure.  Who knows, it might even be a relative to Quint Studer or some other mover and shaker back then,  If anyone knows anything about this photo or anything from this era, please share it with us.  I am curious about this one.  I also hope everyone is enjoying their Mardi Gras Tuesday and will make it to church tomorrow for Ash Wednesday, if they are not too hung-over.  As always, all comments are welcomed and appreciated and please check back … Frank

One more thing, my father did not take this photo.  I just had a copy negative that I scanned for this image.  Someone must have brought him the photo to copy and make prints.  If anyone has any idea who the photographer was, please let me know.  Most photographers from this era put their mark somewhere on the print to identify the photographer / artist, but this print did not.  I am sure that it was photographed with a view camera because of the sharpness.  The photographers back during this time names could have been ” Bell “, ” Turpin ” and ” Cottrell ” and would have had their names somewhere on the negative or print if they had made the image.  Thanks again ….

The Corner of Baylen and Government Streets …

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Baylen and Government 1960_RTP_1_21_14 _ SFW

I found this image years ago and just set it aside … it really did not do anything me until it dawned on me that the Professional Building was torn down to make the new Court House Annex / Clerk’s Office.  Also, this George’s Grill  was popular with the Downtown Crowd.  I have no idea why my father made this photograph, but I am sure it was for an insurance adjuster … must have been a bad accident here at this intersection.  You are looking east toward Palafox Street and you see Mayes Office Supply and Printing business next to the Professional Building on the north side of Government Street.  I can still remember when Mayes and the Professional Building were there in the 1960’s and the 1970’s, but I do not remember George’s Grill.

One more thing, this is my 300th post on this blog.  I never made it this far when I had it over on Blogger.  I hope to keep this going for quite some time because I still have thousands of negatives and photographs that I can post.  One of the most important things that I have learned is that just because an image does not have any “meaning ” to me, someone out there on the internet usually recognizes someone in the photo or the location in the photo and will comment.  Making me glad that I took the time to post the image.  One such image is the one that I titled ” First Methodist Musicians “.  I have received some nice comments and a few calls about that image … and I sat on those images for years before I posted them.  So thanks for looking and as usual, all comments are appreciated and I do respond to all of them, even though it might take me a while to getting around to writing.  Please check back … Frank

Alcaniz and Wright Streets …

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Alcanez and Wright Streets _ RTP_ 14 July 13 _ SFW

This is looking south on Alcaniz Street.  The street light straight ahead is at the intersection of  Alcaniz and Wright Streets.  This was most likely around 1956 or 1957.  The liquor store on the right side is long gone and it is a vacant lot used mostly for parking when the Civic Center has events.  The building on the left used to be a restaurant up until the 1970’s until it closed.  It know houses several businesses … Gent’s Formal Wear, Bosa Alterations, The Emerald City ( don’t ask ) and the world famous Pensacola Photo Supply.  All of these businesses have been opened for many years and if you are looking for tuxes, alterations or anything photographic, please  stop by and see what they have to offer.  Thanks for looking … Frank

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July 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Group in Front of Christ Church …

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Christ Church Group _RTP_SFW_11 July 13

Now I know for a fact that this was made in front of Christ Church on Wright Street, HOWEVER, as usual, I do not have a clue who the group is.  I would venture a guess and say that it is some type of youth group and I would also imagine that it was made sometime  during the summer.  My father used to make photos at several churches when the church would sponsor these retreats during the summer.  These ” kids ” would come from areas in the southeast and would want a group photo to take home.  I can remember photographing several groups during the summer on one day and then making 100 or so 8×10’s over-night to deliver the next day back during the ’70’s.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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July 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Southern Bell Ladies …

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Southern Bell 6_Girls_SFW_FHP_15 Aug 11

This was made when Southern Bell had a grand opening for their building on Belmont Street in downtown Pensacola back in the 1950’s.  I have several other photos from this event that I will post later.  They really let you know how far we have advanced in the  fifty-five years or so.  If anyone was there that night and to share it with us, please feel free.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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July 29, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Elebash Jewelers …

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Elebashs Exterior_RTP_3 Apr 13_ SFW

Here is a panorama photo made of Elebash’s Jewelery Store in downtown Pensacola.  This obviously is the old location that was across the street from where they are located now.  I have commented on this Wide-Lux camera in posts before that my father would use to make these panorama images.  It was destroyed in the fire and my father never bothered to replace it.  I have seen several on Ebay, but they are very expensive and I could never justify buying one … with all of the panorama / stitching software available now, you can make an excellent pano with your iPhone.  In fact, I have post a few over on my blog, Frank Hardy Photo Blog,  taken at the new Blue Wahoo park and 30A at Seaside ( just go to the search and type in panorama and that should bring up the posts  –  I can not figure out how to get the link to take you to the exact post, but I will work on it ).  Thanks for looking … Frank

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April 27, 2013 at 10:51 am

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