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07 Dec 2017

Alpha-Bits Flying High in Downtown Jacksonville

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“This was a big deal downtown in the 60’s. They were making a commercial for POST Alpha-Bits right in front of the then Jacksonville National Bank.”  LS What are now referred to the trio buildings served as the backdrop for the filming of a commercial for Alpha-Bits cereal, a product first introduced by Post Consumer [...]

24 Aug 2017

A Pair of Barnett Bank Buildings

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  “Here is a picture of the Barnett Banks. The old one in the foreground was on Laura and Forsyth Streets. The other building still stands. 1950.” LS The bank building in the foreground located on West Forsyth Street at the intersection with Laura Street started as the Bank of Jacksonville in 1877. It was [...]

19 Jul 2017

To The Shredder

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“This photo was taken in the Federal Reserve Bank, on Julia and Church Streets. They are taking all those bills to the cutting room to destroy them. It might have been hundreds of thousands of Dollars worth. I Didn’t get any of it.” LS The building where this photograph was taken now serves as the [...]

07 Jun 2017

Treaty Oak, 1960′s

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This 200 plus year old Live Oak on the Southbank of the St. Johns River sits on land that in the early 1900’s was home to Jacksonville’s Dixieland Park. The tree was named Treaty Oak in the 1930’s after a fictitious story was written by The Florida Times-Union writer Pat Moran about settlers and indians [...]

16 May 2017

Leo Fitzpatrick Florist on Laura Street

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“The Leo Fitzpatrick Building on 515 Laura Street.  This is where the Ivey’s building is today.  Fitzpatrick Florist’s became famous here.”  LS Leo Fitzpatrick Florist was one of the big players in Jacksonville’s flower business until the mid 1950’s when the business was bought in 1956 by competitor Robert Kuhn who founded Kuhn Flowers in [...]

28 Mar 2017

Downtown Jacksonville Skyline from Memorial Park

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“A view of downtown Jacksonville from West, From the Riverside High Rise on a gray day But it is a Interesting view.” LS According to photographer Loyd Sandgrens’ note accompanying this print the photograph was taken from the Park Lane apartment building on the West edge of Memorial Park and looking toward the Northeast. The [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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About Photographer Loyd Sandgren

I first met Loyd Sandgren in 1997 as I was putting photo gear back into my car after... Learn More