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Thom McAnn …

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Here are some photos of the Thom McAnn Shoe Store that was located out at Town and Country Plaza.  This store looks as it was one of the first stores when the shopping center was being built.  I ran across some negatives of it being built and I will try to find them.  I do not know what year it was built, but it was sometime in the early 1960’s I would guess.  Notice next door is  “Amy’s “, a dress store and the name sounds familiar.  Here are a few of the interior …

 

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Notice how at the end of the chairs on this end is a couple of ash-trays.  Now I would say that was pretty considerate!!  I can vaguely remember seeing the store and going in with my mother back then.  I do not know if Thom McAnn is still in business  today.  And I am not sure if we even have one in this area today, but I am not much of a shopper and have not been out to Cordova Mall much since it was remodeled, except to eat.  Thanks for looking and please share your shoe buying experiences at Thom McAnn’s if you have any … Frank

Entre Nous Part Two …

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Here are a few more photographs of the Entre Nous Sorority taken in the 1950’s.  I had a comment from someone on the first Entre Nous post that I put up and I believe that he mentioned the year that these photos were taken.  I will have to check out the post and post an update later on if the year was mentioned.  I know, I should have done that before I started, but it did not dawn on me until I got started.  Anyway … he are the photographs:

 

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I do not think that I repeated any of the images from the first Entre Nous post.  I am going to say that these photographs were taken at Pensacola Country Club.  The club suffered a lot of damage in the hurricanes back in 2004 and 2005 and so obviously everything has changed.  If anyone knows any history of the local chapter of Entre Nous in Pensacola and wants to share it with us that would be nice.  I do not even know if the sorority is still around locally or nationally, so any comment that anyone wants make is appreciated.  I hope everyone has a safe ” April’s Fool Day ” and if you are made to look like a fool, you know that it was all done in fun.  At least was when I was growing up … Now with all of the stupid and mean things that people are doing to one another in this day and time you have to wonder.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

UPDATE:  These girls were from Pensacola High School and graduated in 1957.  Thanks … Frank

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April 1, 2015 at 9:14 am

Maureen O’Hara and Dan Dailey Arriving in Pensacola Florida …

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Dan Dailey and Maureen O’Hara are shown arriving at the Pensacola Airport.  They were here in Pensacola to film a movie with John Wayne, Wings of Eagles , in 1956.  I had posted this image on the other blog site that I had of my father’s images five or six years ago and had hoped that some locals who were around when they were in town making the movie would have made a comment, but no one ever did.  Maybe this time around it might jar someone’s memory and I will get a few comments.  I have often wondered who the guy is that looks like he is directing everyone … maybe he is someone that the airport hired and dressed up to give a more “Hollywood” / “Los Angles” appeal to the movie stars.  Also, the look on the little lady’s face watching all of this is priceless … you wonder what is running through her mind as she is watching this production.

The lady who runs Maureen O’Hara’s blog, Ms June Beck, saw my first post and graciously sent me a photo that some Navy photographer had made of John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and members of the movie out on the Pensacola Naval Air Station.  Here is the photo along with Ms Beck’s notation of the crew members and their relationship to the actors …

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“On the running board is stuntman “Good” Chuck Hayward (that was his nickname) and, of course Maureen and Duke…then just to our right of Duke’s cap is “Bad” Chuck Roberson (John Wayne’s stunt double for over 30 years and a good actor himself).  Roberson has a great book he published in the 1980’s called “The Fall Guy” that is absolutely great if you can find it – all about the stuntman’s colorful life.  To our left of Duke’s cap is Ken Curtis, who was in many of Ford’s movies.  He was an excellent singer and musician as well.  Don’t know the name of the guy in the uniform – but he’s a redhead I’ve also seen in a lot of Ford’s films as an extra, etc.” … June Beck

 

That was very nice of Ms Beck to send the photo to me and to take the time to write the copy identifying all of the individuals in the photo.  The guy in uniform in the back is very familiar, but I could not put a name to him.  I went on the IMDb site, but could not match a name to the face.  For some unknown reason, I picture him playing a German in some of the old WW II movies.  The man that Ms Beck mentioned named Ken Curtis played Festus in Gunsmoke – now I know that everyone knows Festus.  If anyone has any memories of these actors or of Ms O’Hara being in Pensacola, please feel free to share them with us.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Several more things …. If the people out at the Pensacola International Airport decide to dress someone up a tux / dinner jacket as a greeter to all of the incoming flights at the airport, please give me credit for the idea and not to anyone down at City Hall.  I can use all of the free publicity that I can get.  Also, I went back and added a link to IMDb for Ken Curtis ” Festus ” after I read his bio.  I am trying to give the readers some more information that what little I know or have on these photos in future posts.  I do not know if it will get me any more viewers or readers, but at least you will be ready with some new trivia when Jeopardy comes on the tube, I mean TV.  Thanks again for looking …

Denny Shute … Professional Golfer …

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Denny Shute was a professional golfer back in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Here  is a biography of him from over on Wikipedia … he had won the PGA tournament back in the 1930’s twice and one year he had beat  Jug McSpadden to win.  I have a photo of Jug on a previous post with Ben Hogan and several other golfers.  I do not know what course that he was playing on here in Pensacola when this photo was taken.  It could have been the course out at the Pensacola Naval Air Station or it could have been Pensacola Country Club, but I really do not have any idea which course in the Pensacola area that this was taken.  The photo was taken back in 1945, so there might be someone that remembers these golf pros coming through Pensacola playing exhibition golf.   Feel free to search the site for my post on the other golfers … you might run across something else that interests you.  Thanks again for looking … Frank

Ebay Items …

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I have started posting a large selection of items on Ebay …a lot of camera equipment, some old Annona yearbooks that were my father’s and other miscellaneous items that you cannot live without ( just kidding there ).  I never realized that there was such a market for these old products until I was approached from several movie producers about using some old photos that I have posted in movies that they are making as background on walls, tables, etc.  No, it was not Oprah or Spielberg or even a tv realty show on cable, and no, a deal was not made, but at least it opened my eyes to some possibilities that I never thought of before.  Here is a link for the Annona yearbook that I have listed and I plan to put several other yearbooks on Ebay in the near future.  This is something that I just started working on this week and I know that with just the photography equipment alone, it is going to take me a while to get rid of.  And I plan to put a Vegamatic in it’s original package up this week .. a perfect gift for your special lady on Valentine’s Day.  I have a cow’s skull that I advertised as a perfect gift for your mother-in-law … yeah, an excellent gift for her on Valentine’s Day.  You will be her favorite son-in-law with a gift like that!!  Thanks for looking … Frank

Entre Nous Sorority in Pensacola Florida …

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As usual, I do not know a thing about any of the girls in these photos.  When I started working with my father at the studio, we used to photograph seven or eight ( maybe even more ) of these sorority groups in Pensacola.  Most were service oriented and were affiliated with local high schools such as Pensacola High , Escambia and Woodham are the ones that come to my mind as I sit here typing this post.  I am sure that there are more and to be perfectly honest with you, even the few that I remember, I do not think that I can spell their names.  There was one at Escambia, Sans Perine, that I remember photographing for many years … in fact, I believe that Escambia High School seemed to have the most girl’s clubs.  The above photo looks to have been taken at someone’s home outside on the lawn / patio.  The other two photos were taken at Pensacola Country Club.  I have no clue of the exact date, but these would have to have been made sometimes in the 1950’s.  Maybe someone might recognize one of the girls in the photos and will let us know.  Here are several more photos …

 

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I have some more photos from this sorority that were taken at this same time that I will work-up and post at a later date.  I do not remember when the Pensacola Country Club was laid out like this … the stairs are the same, but an entrance was made in back of where the girls in the front row are standing.  If anyone remembers anything about the Entre Nous sorority,   please let us hear from you.  For those of you out there that do not speak French, Entre Nous means ” between ourselves “.  And, no I do not speak French, but I am pretty fluent in ” Google “.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Happy 74th Birthday to the USO …

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I was reading the cartoon ” Beetle Bailey ” this morning in the Pensacola News Journal  and he was wishing the the USO a happy 74th birthday in the only way that Sarge would let him … with a sign on a cross-country march!  I had a few more photos from a ceremony at the local USO building in downtown Pensacola from back in the 1950’s that I had not posted before.  So I found them and here they are.  I did not get any comments from the earlier USO post that I made, so I have no clue who any of these people are or what the function is that they are having, but whatever it was, it sure looked nice.  And fun!  Here are a couple more photos and without any further comments or ado ( I still have not figured out what that means either ) …

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If anyone knows anything about this event from back in the 1950’s, please let us know.  I am kind of curious myself about it … personally, I might venture a guess and say that this event might have been held for the grand opening of the USO building that was located in downtown Pensacola on Spring Street, but as usual that is entirely a guess.  Believe it or not, I had only been in that building one time myself and it after it was the USO and it became a surplus warehouse for Escambia County.  Thanks again for looking and like I said earlier I welcome all comments, so please let us hear from you.  Please check back and thanks again … Frank

Pensacola Regional Airport Runway Construction …

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Back before the Pensacola International Airport became ” International “, it was called the Pensacola Regional Airport.  Sometime in the 1950’s, the airport runways were resurfaced and extended.  This series of images shows the construction resurfacing process … I wish I new more about them, but I do not.  I know that there is a lot more to it than just mixing up a batch of concrete and making sure that it is level.  The strength of the concrete is determined by the ratio of sand to rocks and water, the amount of cement mix is a big factor and I am sure there are many other things that I have not mentioned, since I am not an engineer or claim to be.  I always enjoyed this type of photographic work, since it was something that I knew nothing about but was interested in how things work.  Hey, that could be the title of a tv show explaining how things are built and constructed … I might be on to something!  Most all of the images are pretty self-explanatory, so I am going to dispense with the running commentary and stupid comments.  Here we go:

 

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The last two images maybe should have been shown earlier in the process, but it is what it is.  The images of them unloading the equipment off of the barges was no where near where the airport runway is located, so my only guess that either they were taken at the Port of Pensacola or somewhere else in Pensacola Bay.  But as usual, I do not know.  If you look close in some of the photos you see the airport tower and the airport itself way in the background.  I wish that I had some other photos of the airport itself, but I have pretty much posted everything that I have found taken at the airport.  If any of you have anything of the Pensacola Airport from back in the 1950’s and 60’s, I would be interested in seeing what you have.  Thanks for looking and please check back and don’t forget that I have my personal blog that you can get to by clicking on a link on the right side of the screen.  Wishing everyone a happy New Year … Frank

Pensacola USO in the 1950’s …

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I do not know what the ceremony here portrays, but it looks like it might be a July 4th celebration since I see some lady dressed up as the Statue of Liberty.  The ceremony looks as if it were held in the building on Spring Street that was once the USO Building.  I think it now is a storage / supply building that Escambia County uses for surplus office equipment.  There were 15 or 16 negatives in the envelope, but I only bothered to work-up around four of the negatives … I might do some more later, but they seem to be all about the same as these.  I am sure that some of you will recognize some familiar faces in these crowd shots.  I am also not exactly sure of the date.  Sometime in the 1950’s seems like a good guess …

 

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OK, I had done five of these images, so  I believe that I have eleven more to do.  I have a box full of new negatives to scan and I will start work on them next year.  I am up to almost four hundred posts and I am not sure of the total number of prints, but I would guess close to eight hundred images.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy new years.  This year 2014 has really flown by, however 2015 is starting out slow for me.  Please check back and if anyone recognizes any of these individuals let us know … Frank

Pensacola High School Annona Ads …

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These photos were shot to be used in ads for the Pensacola High School yearbook Annona.  As usual, I have no clue who any of these young ladies are in any of these photos or do I know exactly which business they advertised.  But I am confident that some of you out there will let us know.  I am going to say that they are from the 1950’s, but they could be from the 1960’s.  The one above is from some dress store in Pensacola and it most likely was downtown somewhere, since the malls did not come about until later ( I am guessing about that ) in the late 1960’s I would guess.  Here are several more photos …

 

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The last photo of the girls looking at the silver settings was made in side Elebash Jewelery store in downtown Pensacola I believe, bit I could be wrong.  The girls in the cosmetic store is not familiar to me at all, so if anyone recognizes the store let us know.  Thanks again and I hope looking at these photos puts you in the shopping mood for Christmas …. Check back and be safe … Frank

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