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06 Dec 2012

Beach Parking

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“Jacksonville Beach, Florida as it looked in 1950.  The old pier was out from 3rd. Ave. North.  Note the amusements on the far left.  Picture was taken from the Life Saving Tower, the same one that is there today.  Lots of cars on the beach.”  LS I’m going to go out on a limb and [...]

08 May 2012

Main Street, 1950

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Quite a few years ago Loyd Sandgren gave me an autographed print of this image with the following type written note scotch taped to the front of the print: “I took this picture in 1950 for the C.H. Brown Camera Store.  This photo was taken from the Main Street Bridge looking North.  It was first [...]

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, [...]

17 Jan 2012

Cohen Brothers, 1950′s

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A late 1950′s view of the St. James Building as the Cohen Brothers department store.  This Henry Klutho masterwork was completed Oct. 21, 1912 (making it 100 years old this year) and originally housed retail space on the lower floors and office space on the upper floors. It was the largest building in Jacksonville occupying [...]

15 Nov 2011

Rest In Peace

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Dr. Robert G. Self, Col. U.S. Air Force, Retired. My dad. He passed away this weekend after a long period of declining health.  Along with my mother he instilled an early love of the arts, travel, and exploration in my brother and I as we moved from one Air Force base to another around the [...]

04 Nov 2011

City Core, 1950′s

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Looking West down West Monroe Street towards Hemming Park and the Federal Courthouse.  The multistory building sticking up from the block of buildings to the right is the Western Union building which now houses the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.  The rest of the buildings in that block were demolished to make way for the [...]

14 Oct 2011

Drivers Education

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Anyone out there remember what they had to drive in their drivers ed class?  I have dim memories of a 70′s vintage Vega with no AC and a standard transmission.  Students at Paxon H.S. in the early 1960′s apparently had access to a couple of new VW Beetles compliments of Jacksonville’s Brundage Motors.  Don’t know [...]

13 Sep 2011

Riverfront Parking

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Newly cleared of docks and warehouses jutting into the river from Jacksonville’s Northbank along the St. Johns River the 1950′s waterfront now featured a seawall, fill and a fresh asphalt to create a parking lot just South of the Main Street Bridge.  The Jacksonville Landing now occupies part of this property.

23 Aug 2011

Porsche Dealership

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Anyone want to take a guess as to the current cumulative value of the cars in this photo?  This lineup of late 50′s-early 60′s Porsche offerings was photographed at the Brumos dealership located at 1444 North Main Street in the early 1960′s.  In the building’s window the Volkswagen logo is identified with Brundage Motors Inc. [...]

01 Jul 2011

Gulf Life Building

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The Gulf Life Insurance building when it was located on Church Street behind the St. James Building.  By looking at the amazing cars on the street I would date this in the late 1940′s.  This building is now part of the First Baptist church complex.  In 1966 Gulf Life built the Gulf Life Tower, now [...]

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