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09 Feb 2016

The Many Incarnations of 1037 Park Street

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Show in this 1950′s image with the single longest running tenant, F.W. Woolworth Co., this building at 1037 Park Street in the historic 5-Points shopping district of Jacksonville has been the home of numerous businesses since it first showed up in the city directory listings in 1928. Prior to that time the area was listed [...]

03 Feb 2016

Lobster House Skyline View

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This view of the downtown Jacksonville skyline was shot through the window of The Lobster House Restaurant in the 1950’s. The structure was built on the South bank of the St. Johns River, originally as a boat repair shop and in 1944 it was converted into The Lobster House Restaurant, standing on pilings over the [...]

19 Jan 2016

Crossing The Acosta Bridge

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“I get intrigued with bridges. I don’t know how all that steel is put together and it will stand for years. Here is the Acosta Bridge named after St. Elmo W. Acosta. Built in 1921. At one time the streetcar ran down the middle of the bridge and each side was for car traffic.”  LS [...]

24 Dec 2015

Loyd Sandgren’s Christmas Present, 1953

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“In 1953 my friends gave me this photo for Christmas, my daughter Carolyn helped me display it.”  LS If you don’t get everything you want for Christmas, may you at least get what you really need. Merry Christmas from Vintage Jacksonville and best wishes for the new year.  Bob Self/Vintage Jacksonville  

23 Nov 2015

Dark and Foggy Night

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“Here is a picture of me standing in front of my 1957 Plymouth in a foggy night, with the headlights and streetlights on. This was on Laura and Waterfront, now where the landing is today.”  LS During a recent session of scanning images from Loyd Sandgren’s collection I came across this print that I didn’t [...]

06 Oct 2015

American Art Week Window Display, 1950′s

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“Here is a picture of the Florida National Bank when they were on the corner of Forsyth and Laura. 50’s. It was advertising the Art Week here in Jacksonville, FL.”  LS Upon closer inspection the signage in the widow gives us a little more information about the reason for the display. The banner of one [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.  

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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