16 Apr 2014

Sal Mineo And Fans In 5-Points, 1957

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One of several frames of Sal Mineo and his band during a performance in the street in Jacksonville’s 5-Points business district from December 21, 1957.  Mineo was a musician and movie actor and it looks like he had quite the following from the crowd trying to get his autograph in front of the 5-Points Theatre.  A previous post from this event can be seen here.

 

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02 Apr 2014

Loyd Sandgren’s West Bay Street Photo Studio, 1950′s

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This is the second photograph from the Loyd Sandgren collection showing West Bay Street and the businesses that were operating there in the 1950′s.  It was shot with a wide format roll film camera used in this previously posted image.  Of particular note in this photograph is one of the businesses that I only noticed when I looked at the scanned image enlarged on the computer monitor.  What I found was a second floor photographer’s studio above the Davis and Company sign. Upon cross referencing the addresses of the businesses with addresses that Sandgren often stamped on the back of his prints, it was found to be his studio at 109 West Bay Street where he not only worked but likely lived. In addition to this location Sandgren had studios at 11 West Bay Street and in the early 1970′s, 335 East Bay Street. The building that housed the East Bay Street studio is still standing and I was recently given the opportunity to visit it and look through the window that this photograph was taken from.

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25 Mar 2014

Swimsuit Model With Floor Prop

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A swimsuit model photographed with an odd organic form floor decoration from the late 1940′s or early 1950′s when Loyd Sandgren was working for the C.H. Brown Camera Store.  It was probably shot for an advertisement and the image of the model and prop would have been cut out and reproduced against a white background with the ad text.  This would pair very nicely with this previous studio photograph of the woman posing with a large stick.

 

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12 Mar 2014

Setzer’s On Florida Avenue And A Henry J

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“One of the super Setzer’s store.  It was located on Florida Avenue near Duval Street.  It was burned out during the race riot in the 60’s. Photo about 1952.”  LS

Brothers Benjamin and Abraham Setzer arrived in Jacksonville in 1910 after fleeing Lithuania.  They started out in the Ice business and then started a lumber business but by 1918 Benjamin was working as a butcher and Abraham was a peddler.  Benjamin began working as a butcher for a small grocery store in Jacksonville’s Springfield neighborhood and by 1922 was running the business. Benjamin expanded from the original grocery store to a local then regional chain and by the late 1950′s there were fifteen Jacksonville locations and forty total around North and Central Florida.  In 1958 Benjamin Setzer sold his chain to Food Fair Stores.

Of additional interest in this photograph is the small car parked at the curb under the E in the Setzer’s sign (see detail below).  It is a Henry J, manufactured by the Kaiser-Frasier car company.  Designed as an inexpensive car  for less affluent buyers it first went to market in 1951 with a total price tag, including taxes for just under $1,300.00.  To accomplish this they built the car with the fewest possible parts and options.  There was no trunk lid so the trunk could only be accessed by folding down the rear seats.  The car had no glove compartment or arm rests.  It only came in a two door version with fixed rear windows and a four cylinder engine. By the end of 1951 the remaining cars that went unsold were given some cosmetic changes including a Continental Tire kit option and a new name, the Henry J Vagabond and sold as a 1952 model.  The car was also sold through Sears under the name Allstate. Later other modifications were made including offering a six cylinder engine and optional trunk lid. After the repackaged 1951 cars were sold the 1953 Henry J Corsair was introduced. The car had been restyled, given more features and better workmanship but the price went up and sales declined.  Just over 1,000 were made in 1954, the final year it was manufactured. Since this car has a trunk lid and the original body style I would say it is a 1952 model.

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07 Mar 2014

The Old Acosta Bridge

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“A picture of the Acosta Bridge built in the 20’s and was the only bridge across the St Johns till 1941 when the Main Street bridge was finished.  Now this bridge is just history.”  LS

The old Acosta Bridge shown in this undated photograph from the Loyd Sandgren collection.  Originally named the Jacksonville St. Johns River Bridge, it was the first bridge for vehicle and pedestrian traffic to span Jacksonville on the North side of the St. Johns River with South Jacksonville.  Prior to the three lane steel beam bridge opening in 1921 the only way to get to the South side of the river was by train on the railroad bridge or a ferry from downtown to the South bank of the river. For almost 20 years the bridge operated as a toll bridge and brought in over $4,100,000. in tolls.  The bridge cost $1,200,000. to build.

In 1940, shortly before the Main Street bridge was constructed the tolls were lifted. In 1949 the bridge was renamed the St. Elmo W. Acosta bridge in honor of the city commissioner who pushed for the original construction of the bridge over the protests of the railroad and ferry operators.  In 1991 the old Acosta bridge was demolished and the new 6 lane concrete span Acosta bridge was built.

 

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05 Mar 2014

Costume Party At The Little Theatre

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A costume ball for The Little Theatre in San Marco.  According to the note left behind by Loyd Sandgren the photograph was taken around 1949 and the party theme was famous people. Mahatma Gandhi does not look all that thrilled to be there but Pan has his flute and seems ready to party.

 

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28 Feb 2014

Hogan and Forsyth Street Intersection

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“This picture shows the parking lot after they tore down the old hotel.  Note on right, they were building the Atlantic Bank Building.  Look at all the people on the streets, it isn’t like that today.”  LS

Looking Northbound up Hogan Street at the intersection with Forsyth Street around 1950.  The Hotel George Washington stands in the upper left of the photograph.  The Gilbert Hotel and Hotel Windsor can be seen further up Hogan Street.  The Exchange Building in the center of the photograph was built in 1930 and still stands on West Adams Street, minus the sign on top.  Most of the other buildings in this photograph are now gone.  Another view of the East side of Hogan street from about the same period can be seen here.

 

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25 Feb 2014

Courthouse Protest, 1975

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“Here is a group of unhappy blacks in front of the Duval Court House.  They carried a black mock casket.  I took the picture from my studio window across the street.  1975.”  LS

A group of police officers stand in front of the Bay Street doors into the Duval County Courthouse keeping an eye on the group of protesters.  Beyond the note Loyd Sandgren left with this particular photograph, there is little information to give it additional context.  If anyone has more information it would be most welcomed.

 

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19 Feb 2014

Claude Nolan Cadillac Showroom Building, 1960′s

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“Claude Nolan Inc.  The Distributer of Cadillacs (cars) in Florida.  They sold Pontiacs.  This picture was taken on the corner of Main & Orange Streets downtown.  They started in 1905 as a Cadillac dealer and have been one ever since that time.  In 1975, they moved the dealership to 4700 Southside Blvd.”  LS

The original Claude Nolan Cadillac showroom Building was designed by Jacksonville architect Henry John Klutho in 1912 as a brick and glass prairie school style structure with attached garage buildings. It was remodeled beyond recognition in the 1940′s into the pseudo-modern current configuration seen in this mid 1960′s photograph (The window signs announce the arrival date for the 1965 Pontiacs).  Boarded up for a number of years it now faces demolition as part of the efforts to clean up the toxic waste in the Confederate Park and Hogans Creek area from Coal Tar left behind from a gas manufacturing plant dating to the 1880′s.

 

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14 Feb 2014

Young Love

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http://vintagejacksonville.net/contact/One of the more playful images from the box of Virgil Deane’s photographs that I received. Seemed appropriate for a Valentine’s Day post.  Anyone at Jacksonville’s beaches know the identity of these young and somewhat reluctant models?

 

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