March 2012

8 posts

30 Mar 2012

San Marco Theatre, 1960′s

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“This is a picture of the San Marco Theatre.  Local artists were showing off their paintings, in celebration of the movie.  Charles Laughton in “Rembrandt”.  The 60’s?” LS I find it interesting that they were showing a movie from 1936 in the 1960′s in Jacksonville.

27 Mar 2012

Big Skis

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Great haircut, snazzy striped swim trunks and massive water skis!  Beyond the obvious Loyd Sandgren did not leave me much to work with for background information on his photograph so I contacted Carole Lowe, the director of the American Water Ski Educational Foundation at the Water Ski Hall of Fame and Museum in Polk City, [...]

22 Mar 2012

Orange Picking

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An orange picker at work in the 1940′s.  Ponce de Leon is credited with most likely planting the first orange trees around St. Augustine, Florida in the early to mid 1500′s.  Citrus has been commercially grown in Florida since the early 1800′s with North Florida along the St. Johns River being the early hub of [...]

19 Mar 2012

Bono’s Bar-B-Que, 1954

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“The day that Lou Bono’s Bar-B-Que opened up on 4970 Beach Blvd.  I remember what Lou said that day, “I paid too much for that land, it was $75.00 a front foot, I guess I’ve lost all my money.”  Today that property is worth $2,000 a front foot.  O yes, that was 750 feet deep, [...]

13 Mar 2012

Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco

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Looks like a 50′s era convenience store but I can’t find any signage with the business name.  It is across the street from an A&P Food Store.  I’d say they were really pushing the Lucky Strike cigarette brand!

09 Mar 2012

St. James And Hemming Plaza, 1970′s

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One of the later downtown views found in the Loyd Sandgren collection showing the St. James building which housed the May-Cohens department store, behind that is the Ivey’s department store and the newly finished Cathedral Towers stand in the background.  The Art Deco Western Union building was still a mixed use office building and palm [...]

05 Mar 2012

Miss Jacksonville Pageant

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Contestant in the Miss Jacksonville Pageant held in the Palace Theater in downtown Jacksonville.  1950′s.  I’m sure the extension cords stringing the stage lights together were up to code. The Palace was one of almost two dozen theaters located along Forsyth Street, Main Street, Bay Street and a few other locations around downtown Jacksonville during [...]

01 Mar 2012

Ray Charles On Sax With Ken Knight

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Ray Charles playing saxophone with Jacksonville promoter Ken Knight during a concert in 1960.  Everyone knows about Ray Charles’ Jacksonville connection, attending the School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine and hanging around the music clubs in Jacksonville’s La Villa neighborhood in his youth but Ken Knight has a prominent place in [...]

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