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03 Sep 2015

WJAX On Main Street

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“This building was on Main Street between Orange and First Streets.  It was owned by the city of Jacksonville and the radio station WJAX was here and so was the water works.  1954.”  LS The City of Jacksonville started radio station WJAX and it’s first broadcast was on Thanksgiving, 1925. According to one source, the [...]

14 Aug 2015

Swisher Gym At Jacksonville University, 1957

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“The Swisher Gym, donated by Mr. Swisher of the cigar company.  One of the first big buildings built at Jacksonville University  1957.”  LS According to the Jacksonville University timeline, JU started as William J. Porter University in 1934, meeting in the 3rd. floor auditorium of the First Baptist Educational building. In 1935 the school changed [...]

04 Aug 2015

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1960′s

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The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which was located just behind where the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall stands today, was across the parking lot of what was then known as the Gator Bowl, the City of Jacksonville’s football stadium. It was designed in the late 1950’s and dedicated in November of 1960. Built at a cost [...]

16 Jul 2015

Mid-Century Modern Motel

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This image from the Loyd Sandgren collection has no information attached to the print and I can find no signage or address to help identify this 1950′s vintage Mid-Century modern motel but if this looks familiar to anyone, please share your knowledge. Despite the lack of information, the photo is too nice not to share. [...]

09 Jul 2015

Future Site Of The Ed Ball Building

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“This picture shows a parking lot where the Ball Building is today.  Streets are Julia, Monroe, Hogan and Adams Streets.  About 1956.”  LS Seems like every transitional space in downtown Jacksonville was a parking lot at one time or another. This image was taken from the corner of Julia Street and West Adams Street looking [...]

03 Jul 2015

Hope Haven Chocolate Bunny

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“Here was a great display and very tasty.  This was a 50 pound bunny rabbit, given to the children at the hospital.  It was very hot that day so we got all the people in place, and then rushed the candy in the sun.  The few minutes it took to take the picture, it was [...]

02 Jun 2015

Independent Square Early Construction, 1973

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Photographed on March 6, 1973 this image was one of a series taken by photographer Loyd Sandgren to show the different stages of construction of what would become the Independent Life Building.  When it was completed in 1974 it was the tallest building in Jacksonville at 535 feet tall.  In 1990 it became the second [...]

26 May 2015

Houses Of Ill Repute

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“The first block of West Beaver Street. Peggy was a prostitute and she owned these houses.  She operated her business there. She was murdered there one night by her boyfriend  There was always troubles there as you can see by the ambulance. This was on the North side of Beaver.”  LS A parking garage belonging [...]

07 May 2015

Mid 1950′s Downtown Aerial

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An aerial view of downtown Jacksonville shot looking Northeast taken in 1955 according to photographer Loyd Sandgren’s note that accompanied the print.  

30 Apr 2015

Lights, Camera, Action!

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This is another behind the scenes image from the film shoot shown in San Marco shown in this previous post.  It looks like a different angle on the same setup judging by the sidewalk and driveway toward the back of the car.  

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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