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Blue Angels Group Photos …

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The date on the back of the photo is 6-29-59.  Not sure that this is the date that my father made this photo or just a random date assigned by the Navy.  I only have prints of these images.  The Navy purchased the negatives and they in turn made press releases and publicity photos for autographs.  That is the reason for no lettering on the prints or that is what my father told me.  Back then the Blue Angels did not have a staff photographer or publicity officer for the team.  In fact, from what I have learned, those two jobs were not added until many years later.  It would be interesting if anyone seeing this post might be able to enlightened us with any details on any of this.   Below is one other group photo of the Blue Angels that my father took at this same time …

 

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The third man kneeling from the left is Lt.  Robert ” Bob ” Rasmussen who is a Pensacola resident and it is his jet in the background.  I guess that this group includes the two alternate pilots that fly with the group, but that is just a guess by me.  If I am wrong I apologize in advance and like I mentioned before, if anyone has any stories to share about this group from 1959, please feel free to comment.  I probably should have done some ” googling ” on the 1959 Blue Angels before I created this post, but as usual I did not.  Like I have said before, I am just a photographer and not a historian and I leave the important information gathering to others.  Thanks again for looking and please check back.

PS – I will most likely be adding to this post when I do some ” googling ” … Thanks – Frank

PPS – OK, I went to the official Blue Angel’s web site and their official photo is not one of these images.  The image that they show is one of the pilots wearing their leather flight jackets and not just in their flight suites as the photos here that my father took.  Maybe these were just too informal or something along that line.  But for whatever reason, these were not used.  I did google around and neither of these images popped up on the internet anywhere, which to me is something of a surprise.  At least I feel that I am adding something relevant that people have not seen before when I post to this blog.  Again, please feel free to comment and share any of your Blue Angel stories …

Miss Kitty and Gunsmoke …

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Recently on EBay, I ran across some publicity photos taken of the actors from the tv show ” Gunsmoke “.  My father had taken photos of Amanda Blake ” Miss Kitty ” and Milburn Stone ” Doc ” two characters from Gunsmoke.  I have posted those photos in earlier posts, but I have never posted any of them in their show costumes.  I saw these photos of them on EBay and decided to purchase them them to post on this blog.  They were photographs and not the printed publicity photos that are so commonly used in these mass printings for handouts at tapings, shows, etc.  They are nothing really special and they were inexpensive … I guess Doc and Kitty were not the John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara of their day.  Here is a photo that my father made of Amanda Blake when she was at the TownHouse Motor Lodge in Pensacola Florida …

 

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I have a photo of Milburn Stone that my father made somewhere, but I could not locate it when I was putting the photos for this post together.  When I come across it I will add them to the post later.  Here are a few more Gunsmoke publicity photos …

 

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I have been looking on EBay recently for any photos that go along with the photos of my father’s that I think people might be interested in.  Since most of the celebrities that he photographed were popular in the 1950′, 60’s and 70’s, a lot of blog readers might not have a clue who any of these people / celebrities were back then.  If anyone remembered meeting Amanda Blake or Milburn Stone when they came to Pensacola back in the 1950’s for the Fiesta, we would enjoy hearing your stories.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

 

 

 

The Launch of the USS Pensacola …

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This is almost a first me … I have actually done some research on the images that I am going to post today and I am going to include a link to more photographs for those of you might be interested in seeing more images.  Two of the photographs are one’s that I have copied for a lady in the past and the other three are from the US Navy site that I am going to give you a link to at the end of the post.  The first image is one from the Navy site that sort of starts the story of the USS Pensacola launch at the Brooklyn Naval Yard on 25 April 1926 …

 

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You see all of dignitaries from the Navy and I know that there are several in this crowd from Pensacola … Harvey Bayless is one who was the City of Pensacola’s City Manager in the 1920’s and he could have even been Mayor at one time … who made the trip to New York and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.   Now the next photo is one that I had copied and showed the ship at a lower level being sent off from the ways.  I am surprised that the Navy does not have copies of the prints that I am going to show and I can only think that maybe the ones that I am showing were shot by a photographer that the City of Pensacola might have hired in New York to record this event for them.  I have not seen them in any local archives such as the Historic Trust, so without further ado …

 

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Interesting don’t you think?  The next photo is a Navy photo showing the boat coming down the ways from out in the East River …

 

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Here come the Pensacola out into the East River.  The next photo is one that I copied showing the USS Pensacola completely out of the dry dock and off of the ways out in the East River.  I believe that the bridge in the background is the Manhattan Bridge.  It possibly could be the Williamsburg Bridge, but if I am wrong, I apologize.  At least I have a fifty-fifty chance of accuracy and for me that is pretty good…

 

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Look how many tugs it takes to move the Pensacola around!  I could have retouched out all of the trash in the East River, but I am striving for authenticity here and besides since this is 1926, I figured that the US DEP would be pretty lax around a naval shipyard.  I do not know if we even had a DEP in the twenties, so there goes my claim for authenticity in the last sentence.  Next and last image is a Navy photograph of the USS Pensacola ( CA-24 ) tied up at the dock…

 

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In fact you can see part of the bridge I mentioned earlier.  There are a lot more images of the USS Pensacola on the Navy here. 

I hope you have enjoyed this little bit ” visual ” naval history and how I tied it all together.  Don’t get used to it because I will be back to my old self of just posting photographs along with a few unrelated comments.  As I mentioned in earlier posts, I have been posting more to Instagram than my blogs, but I have unearthed a lot of new negatives that I have sifting through and will post in the months to come.  If anyone happened to be at the Brooklyn Navy Yard when the Pensacola was launched and want to share it first-hand, we would love to here from you.  You can find me on Instagram at: frankphardy  .   For some unknown reason it would not let me do FrankHardyPhotography  so I used my middle initial “p”.  But you can type “frankhardy” into search and I pop up.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pensacola Fire Department …

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This is in the square at Palafox and Government Streets sometime back in the 1920’s.  That is the Escambia County Courthouse in the background.  Look at the facial expressions on the fire fighters … also look at all of the activity in the background.  Everyone is busy and going someplace.  Even though this is a black and white image ( toned actually ) it seems that black or some dark color is the predominant color for suits, dresses and cars back in the 1920’s.  As usual I have no clue who any of the fire fighters are or what they are doing, but it doesn’t matter.  Here is one more from a different direction …

 

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Here you see the TT Wentworth Museum in the background, that at one time used to be the Pensacola City Hall.  Even I can remember going down to the City Hall back in the late 1960’s and up into the 1970’s and doing business there.  So it must have been in use up until the new City Hall down on Main Street was built back in the 1980’s.  I have some photos that I took when they were building the new City Hall over on my other blog that I have showing my photography.  If anyone knows anything about either of these two photographs, please feel free to comment.  Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

Gull Point Community Center Play …

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The negative envelope read ” Gull Point 3/26/56 “.  Nothing more.  The envelope contained around 40 4×5 black and white negatives. No names. No contact number.  I found the envelope around fifteen years ago, along with tens of thousands of other negative envelopes and just set it aside from all of the other envelopes.  School plays must have been a big thing thing in the 1940’s and 50’s, however when I came along in the 1960’s, they were a thing of the past.  At least for me … I cannot ever remember being in a play or ever watching one at an elementary school, junior high school or high school that I attended.  The only time that I ever got dressed in a costume ( besides Halloween ) was to dress as a carrot and walk in in a Fiesta Parade back around 1962 with my first or second grade class from Episcopal Day School.  It was in the summer and it was hot.  I was miserable, but I walked the whole parade route without passing out or fainting.  I wish I could find a photo of us carrots walking up Palafox, I know I have one somewhere or someone has a photo of a pack of carrots trudging up Palafox Street in a parade.  Now back to Gull Point … here are a few more photos that I have worked up …

 

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If anyone out there remembers attending a play out at Gull Point Community Center in March of 1956, please let us hear from you.   I do not know if this is the community center or if there was an elementary or junior high school back in the 1950’s ( before my time) and I am interested.  The more I look at the photos, these look like elementary school kids and not junior high students.  I will work on some more of these negatives in the future, so check back.  Thanks for looking and as usual are comments are welcomed and appreciated, so knock yourself out.  And one more thing – if anyone has any photos of a group of carrots marching up Palafox in the 1960’s, please contact me.  Now the more I think of it, maybe we weren’t a bunch of carrots, but a bunch of oranges!!  Well, either way, carrots or oranges, think of me…

 

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April 6, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Liberace and Friend … Updated ……

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I posted this photo years ago and I did not know who the lady is.  Someone had mentioned a name for her when I posted this on the first blog that I had on Blogger six or seven years ago.  But I cannot what they said her name was and when I “googled” it nothing came up. So I did not pay that much attention to it.  Recently, I have been reading a book by author Steve Fischer entitled ” When The Mob Ran Vegas “.  On page 113, there is a photo of Ruth Gillis and it said that she was one of Liberace’s show girls when he played the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas.  I am not going to bother trying to get permission to see if I can post it here, you are just going to have to take my word for it.  On the web there are several photos of her with various other entertainers, one being Ernie Kovacs and here is a link to the photo.  I have tried ( not very heard though ) to find some other photos and information on Ms Gillis, but have not turned up much.  I do not know a date for the above photo and if I had to guess I would say that it would be 1955 or 1956.  In the book it says that she started as a show girl with Liberace on April 20, 1955 at the Riviera.  I was hoping that someone might have remembered seeing Liberace in Pensacola when he came here, but I have not received any comments from anyone.  I might have to go down to the PNJ and see what it takes to go through there microfilm files.  If anyone has any thing to share, please let us hear from you.  Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

Bronson Field …

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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 …

 

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

 

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

 

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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

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