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12 Mar 2013

West Bay Street Wide Angle

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“This is an extreme wide angle camera, 110 degrees.  Picture taken in front of Brown’s Camera Store, 118 West Bay St.  The Seminole Hotel, middle top.  About 1958.”  LS I don’t know exactly what camera Loyd Sandgren used for this shot.  I’ve seen the negatives and it was shot on 120 mm roll film.  My [...]

15 Feb 2013

Bisbee-Baldwin Building, 1955

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“The Bisbee-Baldwin real estate Co. on the corner of Forsyth & Pearl St.  In the background you can see the George Washington Hotel, on the extreme left is the post office.  1955.”  LS This downtown Jacksonville building was built in 1951 and is currently on the market for just shy of a million dollars.

08 Jan 2013

Forsyth Street from Main Street, 1948

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“This picture was taken from Forsyth & Main Streets.  Note the Krystal hamburger place, the Woolworth’s.  See how many people were on the streets then.  1948.”  LS While looking for another image I came across this great street view of Forsyth Street looking West from Main Street that showed downtown with all it’s theaters, stores [...]

28 Dec 2012

Downtown Woolworth’s, 1954

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“This is the way the Woolworth Store looked like just before it opened (note the sign in the windows).  The J.C. Penny store had not moved in.  This was on the corner of Monroe and Hogan Streets.  This was 1954.”  LS The window signs advertise for the Grand Opening, Wednesday 9 O’Clock, March 23rd.  The [...]

29 Nov 2012

Hogan and West Bay Streets, 1960

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At the intersection of West Bay Street and Hogan Street.   This is another scene that is long gone from Jacksonville’s downtown.  At the corner is the Greyhound Bar and Package Store with advertising for a dentist’s office on the floor above it.  In the background are the Hotel Aragon and the Hotel George Washington with [...]

17 Oct 2012

Downtown View From Friendship Park, 1960′s

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“A view of some of the downtown buildings, it was taken from the Friendship Park in Southside.  I thought the park was great.  This was in the 60’s.”  LS A view of the Atlantic Coastline building, I can’t tell if it was before the signage was added or between changes of the name at the [...]

15 Aug 2012

The Main Street That Is No More

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“Here is a view looking South towards the Main Street Bridge.  The picture was taken from Duval and Main Street.  The first building on the left is, The Railroad Building.  Next was Cherry’s Bar, next was the Clark Building.  Across the street was the Masonic Building with the Masonic Theatre, next was the Stericha’s Furniture, [...]

20 Jul 2012

Infrared Skyline View, 1953

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An infrared image shot by photographer Loyd Sandgren of the downtown skyline from the South bank of the St. Johns River at the location of the present day boat ramp and River City Brewing Company.  1953.  Infrared images were shot with a special film sensitive to the infrared light spectrum.  It had to be handled [...]

29 May 2012

Crumbling Docks

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An aerial view of the decaying docks and warehouses along the North bank of the St. Johns River just East of the Main Street Bridge in downtown Jacksonville in the late 1940′s or early 1950′s.  This was near the end of the city waterfront being a working waterfront as bulkheads and parking lots replaced wooden [...]

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 [...]

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