14 Apr 2015

Black Dress And Fishnet Stockings

10:22H

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“This photo was taken in my studio when I was on 22 East Beaver St.  The girl was a stripper, in fact at that time I did many of those girls.  My reputation as a stripper photographer was well known even as far away as New York.”  LS

 

 

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07 Apr 2015

Ernest Hinds Revisited

8:00H

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A different angle of the hospital ship Ernest Hinds tied up on a pier on the Northbank of the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville.  You get a good sense of the working waterfront that covered most of Jacksonville’s riverbank up until the 1960’s.  This frame was shot during the 7 month period between 1946 and 1947 that the Ernest Hinds was in Jacksonville serving as a floating isolation ward for patients going through an extended venereal disease treatment protocol. More detailed information about this ship’s visit can be found in this previous post.

 

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11 Mar 2015

Terry’s Kiekhaefer Mercury Dealership

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(Update:  An industrious Vintage Jacksonville fan found a vintage postcard of the Motel Capri which looks like the building in the background of this image with a 1958 postmark. It was located at North Main Street and 38th. Street across from Evergreen Cemetery)

I can’t find any clues to give me the location of Terry’s Kiekhaefer Mercury Outboard Motor dealership.  There are motel signs in the distant background, one looks like it might say Capri but it is hard to tell.  Researching the outboard motor names in the photograph dated this image to the late 1950’s. According to the price tag on the Turbo Four in the center of the photograph it could be purchased for $490.50 cash or $50.50 Down and $22.30 per month.

What I also found when looking for the the engine information was the history of Carl Kiekhaefer, the namesake of the company. Kiekhaefer was trained as an electrical engineer and worked briefly as a draftsman for Evinrude Motors in 1927 before being fired for his temper.  In 1939 he purchased the bankrupt Cedarburg Manufacturing Company which made Thor outboard motors. In 1940 the first Kiekhaefer Mercury outboard motor was introduced.  During WWII civilian demand for his motors wained but the military bought thousands.  His company also produced engines for aerial target drones and chain saws used to clear jungles in the South Pacific.  After the war the civilian market resumed.

Kiekhaefer later got into car racing as a way to promote his boat motor company and is credited with having the first professional NASCAR race team. His team raced on the NASCAR circuit in 1955 and 1956 fielding 5 cars at most races in the 1955 season and had 6 cars in the 1956 Daytona Beach Road Course race. He  His cars were trucked to races rather than being driven there by their drivers. Team members wore uniforms and cars were professionally painted. Over the course of those two years, his drivers won a combined 52 races and won the NASCAR Grand National championship both years.

In 1961 Kiekhaefer Marine merged with the Brunswick Corporation.  Kiekhaefer resigned as president of the company in 1969 and the company changed the name of its outboard motor business to Mercury Marine.

 

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03 Mar 2015

Borum Boat Building

8:00H

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On the factory floor of Borum Boats. The Jacksonville boat builder made wonderful wooden recreational boats starting in 1954 and Loyd Sandgren did much of their photography work, on land and in the water.  According to the information that I have found they started manufacturing their boats in the old Ford Model A factory building on Jacksonville’s Talleyrand waterfront. The building can still be seen below the Mathews Bridge, on a pier sticking out into the St. Johns River.  This appears to be a smaller space than I would expect to see inside that structure but if anyone knows more details, please share them.  There is additional information about the company in this previous post.

 

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10 Feb 2015

Model With Chrome Nozzel

11:12H

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Bathing suit clad model Eva Sloan posing with a nozzle atop a fireboat. I thought it might be the Roosevelt Blvd. Bridge over the Ortega River in the background but my friend Bill Yates who has lived in Jacksonville most of his life, much of it in the Ortega area, thinks this may be the Blanding Blvd. Bridge over the Cedar River since there does not appear to be a railroad bridge running beside it.  There is not a lot more I can add to this other than Eva Sloan is one of a number of models that appear repeatedly in photographs from Loyd Sandgren’s collection.

 

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05 Feb 2015

Veteran’s Funeral

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Sadly there is no information on this photograph which appears to be a veteran’s coffin on display in a family’s home. Flowers crowd the small room and “My Buddy” is written on one flower display’s ribbon. Two portraits of the deceased are in view.  One sits atop the 48 star flag that shrouds the coffin. The 48 star American Flag was used from 1912 until 1959 when Alaska became the 49 state.  Another small portrait is on the flower covered piano showing the deceased in his military uniform.

 

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28 Jan 2015

GE TV Delivery

11:24H

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“When the Robert Meyer Hotel was built, the G.E. Company sold them all their TVs, the salesman was the center man.”  LS

The Robert Meyer Hotel had its groundbreaking July 9, 1957 in downtown Jacksonville. Opening in 1959 it was claimed to be Florida’s largest commercial hotel with 563 guest rooms to host business travelers and convention business that was never fully realized.  The hotel went bankrupt in 1977, was sold in 1980, renovated and reopened under a new name but closed again in 1982.  The building sat empty until February of 1998 when it was imploded, making way for the new Federal Courthouse that now stands in the footprint of the ill fated hotel.

 

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21 Jan 2015

Shinny Sheets

8:00H

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As a commercial photographer in the 1950’s working in Jacksonville, Loyd Sandgren would shoot pretty much anything that a client was willing to pay for.  As previous posts show he had an eclectic mix of subject matter.  Among the thousands of images in his collection are numerous room interiors used to showcase homes for sale, hotel rooms and interior furnishings in model settings.  I don’t know which market this bedroom interior was intended for but it looks like the polyester bed coverings were all the rage.  Polyester fabric was first introduced to the American public in 1951 by the duPont Company. The company was controlled by Alfred I. duPont who had Jacksonville connections. He and his wife Jesse Ball duPont built their Florida estate here in 1926 which still exists as Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club.

 

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15 Jan 2015

Sea Cloud On St Johns

12:15H

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This photograph of the sailing ship Sea Cloud traveling on the St Johns River with the original Prudential building rising in the background had a note by photographer Loyd Sandgren attached to it identifying the date of the event as 1949.  After a bit of research, the history of the ship warranted more information than what was found in Loyd’s original note.

The 316 foot long ship was built in Germany in 1931 for Marjorie Merriweather Post and her second husband Edward Francis Hutton. It was named the Hussar II. In 1935 it was renamed the Sea Cloud after Post married Joseph Davies, the United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union who then used the ship as an informal embassy. The ship was chartered to the United States Navy in 1942 for $1.00 a year and went into service as the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Cloud.  It had its four masts removed, was painted gray and served as a weather observation vessel along the East Coast of the United States.  In 1943 it was transferred to the Navy and saw service off the New England Coast, then Argentina and Newfoundland.  In 1944 under a new commander, the sailors on the Sea Cloud became the first fully integrated ships crew in the Navy.

In late 1944 the USS Sea Cloud was returned to Marjorie Merriweather Post and restored to its prewar condition.  In 1955 the now divorced Post sold the ship to Rafael Trujillo, the president of the Dominican Republic.  The ship was renamed Angelita after Trujillo’s daughter.  Trujillo was assassinated in 1961 and the ship was held in the Dominican Republic for around five years.  It was sold again in 1966 and renamed Antarna but plans to turn it into a seagoing classroom never came to fruition.  After staying in port for eight years the ship was sold again and redesigned as a passenger ship, taking her first cruise in 1979.  The Sea Cloud has changed hands and been upgraded since the 1970′s but is is still in service today, operating in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

 

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07 Jan 2015

A Model, A Boat and A Navy Jet

12:15H

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An additional image from the Loyd Sandgren collection for the Borum Boat Company in Jacksonville, Florida.  One of their beautiful wood boats photographed with a model and a Grumman F9F Cougar jet on the runway of Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Additional photographs from the shoot can be seen here.

 

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