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Bronson Field …

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Bronson Field 7 _ RTP _ 11 Sept 15 _ SFW

These are some negatives that I purchased on Ebay of local air base Bronson Field.  I am not exactly sure where Bronson Field was located, but I want to say it was located somewhere near Perdido Bay.  I might be completely wrong there and the people that I purchased them from were not exactly sure either.  I cropped this negative to show just the flight line and the plane that is taking off below …

 

Bronson Field 7 _ RTP _ 11 Sept 15 _Cropped _ SFW

 

There is one other negative that I received and it shows the control tower along with the planes …

 

Bronson Fileld Negative Scan_RTP_11 Sept 15 _ SFW

And like the one above, I cropped out everything and just showed the flight line …

 

Bronson Fileld Negative Scan_RTP_11 Sept 15_Cropped  _SFW

The photos are nothing really special and you can tell that they were taken by an amateur, but the old cars and planes are interesting.  If anyone runs across anymore images like these on Ebay or anywhere else, please let me know.  I used to look on Ebay, but you can end up wasting a lot of time with just the shear volume that is on the site.  Most of it, to me, is a lot of junk / mess that people think are really valuable and exciting and I am not good at filtering it out.  Also, if you run across something at a flea market locally let me know.  Thanks again and if anyone knows something about Bronson Field, let us know … Frank

 

 

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September 15, 2015 at 11:37 am

Water Skiing on Bayou Texar …

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Ski Club 9 _ RTP_ 7 July 15 _ SFW

I have posted some photos from this ski show  that the ski club had back in 1979.  I ran across these photos a while back and have been sitting on them for a while, so I thought that I work them up to post.  I remember getting some comments when I posted the other ski club photos and thought that you might enjoy looking at them.  As usual, I do not know who any of the skiers are since they are younger than me.  I would guess that the boy and girl on either ends of the group above might be Bonifay children, but as usual, I could be wrong.  Here are some of the group skiing …

 

Ski Club 14_RTP_7 July 15 _ SFW

 

Ski Club 2 with Boat _ RTP _ 7 July 15 _ SFW

That is all for now.  I have not gotten a lot of images worked up to post, but I am working on a few as I write this.  Please check back and feel free to leave any comments that you might have … Frank

The Fisherman …

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The Fisherman 1 _ 8x10 _ RTP _ SFW

I just called this one ” The Fisherman ” for lack of anything else.  I ran across it the other day and thought that it looked somewhat interesting, especially the sky.  It looks like it could have been made over in Gulf Breeze along the Sound or maybe even the Bay.  One thing that stood out to me was how clean the beach looks … now a days you can not go too far in any direction without running across beer cans, plastic bottles and anything else that people throw in the water or leave on the beach after a picnic.  I have a good number of images worked up that I plan on putting up in the next few days, so please check back.  I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving, we did.  Thanks again for looking … Frank

Happy Labor Day 2014 …

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Gulf Southern Transport _ RTP _ SFW

I ran across these negatives maybe ten years ago and thought that they were some what interesting, but I just never did anything with them.  I really never had a reason for posting them and then yesterday, I ran across them again and thought that they be good for a Labor Day posting.  So here they are.  My father took these back in the mid – 1950’s in Flomaton, Alabama, which is just across the Florida Alabama line.  The lettering on the door of the Ford truck reads ” Gulf & Southern Transportation ”  and judging from the trailer they must be hauling lumber / wood.   Timber is still a big industry in this area of southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.  I know I have at least one post on this blog showing photos from a tractor trailer hauling trees accident  on a road in this area.  As usual, I know nothing about the truck driver in the photo, other than the fact that he is a hard working individual.  Here are several more photos …

 

Gulf South Transport 3 _ RTP _ SFW

Gulf South Transport 2 _ RTP _ SFW

I made a mistake identifying the location of Gulf and Southern Transportation, I said that it was located in Flomaton and I should have said  ” South ” Flomation.  I honestly did not know that there was a South Flomaton.  For those of you who have never before been to Flomaton. it is maybe three blocks long ( and that is being generous ), but I made an error and wanted to correct it.  The one thing that I always remember about Flomaton is that’s  where we would go and catch the train when we would go to visit my uncle in Chicago.  After the railroad station in Pensacola was closed in the 1950’s ( see prior post ) and  you wanted to travel anywhere by train, you would drive to Flomation and catch the train there at the train station.  Well, that is all that I can think of to share with you about Flomaton today … if any one has any comments about trains, Flomaton, lumber or truck hauling, please share them with us.  I wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day … try not to work too hard today and please check back.  Stay out of trouble … Frank

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September 1, 2014 at 9:42 am

Weeki Wachee Springs and Bok Tower Gardens …

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Here are several transparencies that I ran across recently from our trips to South Florida in the 1950’s and 60’s.  The first one is of one of the Mermaids from Weeki Wachee Springs.  Here  is a link to the Springs web site.  The place has an interesting history and it is still around today.  This is one of the mermaids that my father made in the under-sea theater on Kodachrome back in 1958 …

Weeki Watchi 1_RTP_Best _ SFW

The next is an exterior of Bok Tower at Bok Tower Gardens …

Bok Tower 1 _ RTP_ 4x6 _ SFW

And here is a link to the Bok Tower Gardens web site.  I had forgotten that this is the highest point in Florida at 298 feet.  Bok Tower is in Lake Wales Florida and I am sure that it has been fifty years since I have been to the Tower and Gardens.  I have been busy these past few weeks and have not had a chance to post much, but I have several ready to go and will get them up in the next few weeks.  One is on the fire back in 1975 that burnt the block down that my father’s studio was in on 12th Avenue.  The others are just random photos that I have scanned.  So please check back in the next several weeks.  If anyone remembers going to Weeki Wachee and seeing the Mermaids, feel free to comment … If any of you guys ever met and married a Weeki Wachee Mermaid, that is a story everyone would be dying to hear!  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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August 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

Governor Dan McCarty of Florida …

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McCarty _Penton Gro_RTP_SFW

This is Governor  Dan McCarty of Florida photographed at Penton’s Feed Store in Milton.  I am not sure of the exact date, but it had to have been taken sometime in 1953 because he was only governor for nine months.  He passed away in September of 1953.   Here is a link to a Wikipedia site on Gov. McCarty.  I have posted some other photos of him in downtown Milton, but I had not posted this one yet.  I believe that Penton’s is still open in Milton on Alabama Street.  If anyone remembers him coming to Pensacola, please let us hear from you.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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June 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

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