23 Oct 2014
This was shot in 1952 according to a note on this Loyd Sandgren photograph of downtown Jacksonville. It appears to have been shot from one of the upper floors of the building now called Residences at City Place, originally built as an apartment building in 1949 on West Ashley Street. The view is looking South [...]
04 Sep 2014
A late 1940′s view looking South down Main Street from the corner of 1st. Street in Springfield. The downtown skyline can be seen in the distance. Great Jax Beer billboard over the roof of Jack Brooks Motors and Troger’s Garage. A portion of the city waterworks park can be seen to the right of [...]
21 Aug 2014
More Women’s Wrestling action by photographer Loyd Sandgren shot in the arena located at Main Street and Beaver Street. The details of the crowd, seen better in the enlargement below are fascinating. The men’s straw hats, cigarettes being smoked. Then there is something about the guy sitting in the right of the frame with the mustache [...]
23 Jul 2014
Undated photo shoot at the beach. The photographer looks like Virgil Deane working with a 4×5 Speed Graphic camera and a flash while an assistant holds a second flash to help fill in the harsh midday sun shadows on his subjects.
05 Jun 2014
This is another of photographer Virgil Deane’s images showing a classroom at one of the schools at Jacksonville’s beaches in what appears to be a warmer than usual day judging by the open jalousie windows and the relaxed dress code. None of the photographs I have of Virgil Deane’s work have any caption information so if you [...]
07 May 2014
Bodybuilder Gene Hill inspects the bicep of WMBR Radio personality Tommy Tucker during a bodybuilding competition at the old bandshell at Jacksonville Beach in the early 1960′s. You can tell by the cigarette in Tucker’s hand that the event was all about healthy living.
16 Apr 2014
One of several frames of Sal Mineo and his band during a performance in the street in Jacksonville’s 5-Points business district from December 21, 1957. Mineo was a musician and movie actor and it looks like he had quite the following from the crowd trying to get his autograph in front of the 5-Points Theatre. [...]
12 Mar 2014
“One of the super Setzer’s store. It was located on Florida Avenue near Duval Street. It was burned out during the race riot in the 60’s. Photo about 1952.” LS Brothers Benjamin and Abraham Setzer arrived in Jacksonville in 1910 after fleeing Lithuania. They started out in the Ice business and then started a lumber [...]
05 Mar 2014
A costume ball for The Little Theatre in San Marco. According to the note left behind by Loyd Sandgren the photograph was taken around 1949 and the party theme was famous people. Mahatma Gandhi does not look all that thrilled to be there but Pan has his flute and seems ready to party.
06 Feb 2014
”This is the Richardson Building on 35 Hogan Street. The building was the Muntz TV sales and warehouse in the 1950’s.” LS Earl William Muntz was a businessman and engineer who made his money selling cars and home electronics. Muntz simplified televisions by removing as many components as possible from existing models until they no [...]