2016

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22 Dec 2016

Season’s Greetings, 1958

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Christmas decorations on an unidentified Jacksonville building from 1958, according to the dates on the license plates on the cars in the parking lot. Anyone have a guess where this might have been? This is the final post of 2016 for Vintage Jacksonville. Enjoy the holidays with family and friends as you reflect on the [...]

29 Nov 2016

The Ribault Drive-in Theatre, 1950′s

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“The building of a Drive-In Theatre. I guess that’s a thing of the past. It was built in the late 1950’s”  LS It took a bit of legwork to find any information on the Ribault Drive-In but I finally found one great source. In Aug 11, 1977 Jacksonville Journal Staff Writer Nancy McAlister had the [...]

25 Nov 2016

Hemming Park 1950′s

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“A closeup of Hemming Park with the St. James Building (Cohen Brothers) in upper center. They were just building the Woolworth Store. About 1953.”  LS Looking down on the heart of downtown Jacksonville with Hemming Park in one of it’s earlier incarnations with paver paths, grass and a bandshell. The St. James Building was still [...]

15 Nov 2016

Montgomery Ward Grand Opening

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“Here is the opening of the new Wards Store at Normandy Mall. It was a high school band playing but I don’t remember which.” LS It must have been quite the big deal. The Montgomery Ward opening was preceded by Jacksonville’s first three malls, the Gateway Center in 1958, the Philips Highway Plaza in 1960 [...]

08 Nov 2016

High Above Imeson Airport, 1950′s

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A 1950’s vintage aerial of the old Jacksonville – Thomas Cole Imeson Municipal Airport just off Main Street on Jacksonville’s Northside. It originally opened as Jacksonville Municipal Airport Number One in 1927 and the first airport had just two runways, one grass and one described as “cinder and shell”. In the 1920’s the concept of [...]

14 Sep 2016

First Federal Savings And Loan, 1955

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“First Federal Savings and Loan on 331 West Forsyth St.  This was a very well built building and nice looking. 1955.”  LS One of the few remaining art deco buildings left in Jacksonville, the structure was completed in 1941 and initially housed the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Jacksonville as well as the [...]

01 Sep 2016

Ribault Monument

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“The Ribault Monument, the highest point in Duval County. It’s near Fort Caroline Road and on a clear day you can see Mayport Naval Base and all its ships. At one time this monument was at Mayport. My blind friend Carl Bolton is standing there”  LS The Ribault Monument is part of Fort Caroline National [...]

24 Aug 2016

Tough Little Truck

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“The Grimland Toy company made these little toy trucks. They were so well designed that you could stand on them without crushing them. They were made of aluminum and very well made. They were burned out of business in the 1950’s. Too bad.” LS I’ve been unable to find out much about the Grimland Toy [...]

13 Jul 2016

Teen Town Building

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“This is the Teen Town Club Building on the corner of State and Liberty Streets.  It was a very active place in the late 40’s.  Later it was torn down to make way for the Jacksonville Recreation Department parking lot which it still is today.”  LS Information about this art deco inspired building was not [...]

21 Jun 2016

1950′s View of Old Courthouse

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Looking South from East Monroe Street at the back of the 1902 Duval County Courthouse building with the it’s 1914 addition to the right. North Market Street runs down the left side of the photograph. On the right side of the photograph appear to be residential structures that would be behind the Morocco Temple. The [...]

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