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Southern Normal School …

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Southern Norman School  2  _ 10x8_RTP_SFW

I ran across this negative years ago and it did not do much for me, but when I ran across it the other day it looked more interesting.  I think that it the old Eastern Airline prop plane in the photo got my attention this time around.  The Southern Normal School is located in Brewton, AL, about 60 miles north of Pensacola.  I googled the school and found some history about the school.  I could not tell if it was still open, but I got the impression that it might be closed down.  I have no idea who the people in the photo are or what their purpose for the photo is other than capturing a memory of a trip.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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April 4, 2014 at 9:42 am

Guest Blogger at ” Airports Made Simple ” …

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Eastern Jet 2 _ RTP_ 1_21_14 _ SFW

I want to thank Deborah over at the blog Airports Made Simple for allowing me to be a guest blogger.  She had seen this blog and was interested in the airport / airplane images from the 1950’s that I have shared with everyone.  I apologize for the title of this post, I could not think of a title that had a better ring to it than the lame one that I wrote in the headline bar.  I am sure that I will change it when I give it some thought.  Her blog has a lot of information for people that fly on a regular basis … various airline pluses and minuses, airport tips … too much for me to write here.  I included a link to her post on my Liberace photos, so once you get to her site, you can navigate around and see what she has and is interesting to you.

The photo above is one of several that my father made of an Eastern Airline plane on the tarmac at the Pensacola Airport back in the 1950’s.  I have posted a few other images from this ” set ” before, but I never got around to working this image until recently..  So this is a new image and for those of you who used to fly into Pensacola back in the 1950’s, I hope that it brings back some fond memories.  If anyone that reads this has some photos of the interior of the Pensacola Airport from back in the 1950’s and 1960’s, I would be interested in seeing them.  Especially the restaurant and the check in counter for Eastern and later National Airlines.  I ran across some photos that I had made from back in the 1970’s when then had remodeled the airport and I will post them later.  The thing that sticks out the most to me are all of the cigarette ash tray holders through out the airport … pretty considerate!  Thanks again for Deborah for asking me to be a guest blogger and please check out the link that I included in the first paragraph … she has a large readership with experienced travelers, so if you have any questions, this would be the place to ask them.  Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

Pensacola Regional Airport …

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Back in the 1950’s, Pensacola’s airport was known as a regional airport and you only had two airlines servicing the airport – Eastern and National Airlines.  Now, both airlines are out of business and Pensacola is known as an ” International ” airport, even though there are no international flights out of the airport.  I can remember sites like this very well at the airport and I can remember the airport looking like this.  If anyone has any memories that they wish to share about their experiences at the Pensacola ” Regional ” Airport, please be my guest.  Thanks again for looking …

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February 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

The Hair – O – Plane …

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” Excuse me Miss … that is a very attractive airplane you are wearing today on your head. ”

” Why, thank you sir … it is the newest rage in Pensacola Florida.  It is called the Hair-O-Plane and the stews on Eastern Airlines are all wearing them.  I thought that if I were to where one, I might be hired by Eastern Airlines … that is my dream job!  Just think of all the celebrities you get to meet in the friendly skies. ”

Obviously, that is just me trying to be funny, but you really have to wonder what someone was thinking when  the Hair-O-Plane was created.  Eastern Airlines must have put on a fashion show and this could have been the highlight of the show.  The background is the San Carlos Hotel for both of  these photographs.  I wish I knew something about the photos … who the model is, did she get to wear the Hair-O-Plane home, did she get paid or did she have to pay them, and who the hair stylist / airplane designer was … did she or he go on to a famous career out in Hollywood or did their career  ” crash and burn ” with the Hair-O-Plane. Inquiring minds want to know!   Here is the other photo …

If anyone knows the answers to any of the before mentioned questions, please share them with us.  When I posted them on the other site I do not believe that I received one comment.  I was sure that someone would have made some type of remark about the Hair-O-Plane.  I surely thought that there would have been a couple of Eastern Airline Stews from the 1960’s that were just dying to share their stories with this fashion statement.  So please do not be shy, no one here is out to judge or make fun of your sense of style.  Thanks for looking …

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August 14, 2011 at 10:59 am

Pensacola Regional Airport …

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This photo is from the old site … an Eastern Airline Silver Falcon Turbo Prop Jet unloading at the Pensacola Regional Airport sometime in the 1950’s.  I can remember flying in this type of plane when I was younger.  My father and I used to fly to Chicago to visit his brother back in the 1960’s in this type of aircraft.  We also flew several times to the National Convention of the Professional Photographers of America.  The one thing that I always remembered was how the cabin would fill with a low level smoke when the air conditioners would cut on … it must have been condensation on the cooling elements being blown out into the cabin.  Now, if something like that was to happen, everyone would think that the plane had caught on fire!  One more thing, look how the men are dressed coming off the plane, no casual wear among any of these men.   Anyone wishing to share their past flying experiences from the Pensacola Airport are welcome to post them here.  Thanks for looking …

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June 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

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