05 Dec 2013
As a commercial photographer Loyd Sandgren took on the full spectrum of paying jobs to survive including shooting weddings. There are over a dozen albums full of random and anonymous photos from wedding shoots spanning the late 1940′s through the 1960′s in the Loyd Sandgren Collection. These are only the prints that survived so there [...]
09 Oct 2013
An unidentified belly dancer in an unknown club. One of two photographs taken in the same establishment from an album of Loyd Sandgren’s titled simply “Girls.” Shot in the late 1960′s or early 1970′s. Very hip looking integrated crowd. The psychedelic posters on the walls add so much to the decor.
15 Aug 2013
Sailors celebrate the end of the war with Japan at Naval Station Mayport in this photograph by then Navy photographer Loyd Sandgren. Germany had surrendered to the Allies May 7, 1945 ending the war in Europe. In an effort to bring the continuing war with Japan to a close on August 6, 1945 the United States [...]
18 Jun 2013
This is another frame from a series of photographs showing a Group of congressmen at the NAS Jacksonville range according to Loyd Sandgren’s notes. Dated 10/15/45. Again, I think this was probably from the Naval Air Gunnery School at Yellow Water. Here is an additional photo on the pistol range of the third gentleman from the [...]
28 May 2013
“Homer A. Rodeheaver, (with trombone). He was a publisher and writer of over 1,000 religious songs. He was a great showman also, he was a preacher also. This picture was taken here in Jacksonville in 1948.” LS According to his obituary from December 19, 1955 in the Warsaw Times-Union Homer Rodeheaver was born October 4, [...]
14 May 2013
“Here is a picture of the crowd at the Miss Jacksonville Contest of 1954. The contest was held in the Palace Theatre. Note the young photographer near center. People were pretty well dressed compared with today.” LS Anyone recognize the young photographer wielding the Speed Graphic in the crowd?
08 May 2013
A nice action photo of three boats from Jacksonville’s Borum Boat Company in formation as they skim the surface of the St Johns River. These wood runabouts had great lines and borrowed their distinctive fins from the cars of the late 1950′s when these boats were being made. You can find more information about Borum [...]
05 Feb 2013
No information left behind by Loyd Sandgren but judging from the audience this was a Navy boxing match, probably from the 1940′s. Safe to say this was not the heavyweight division. Looks like they could use a little meat on their bones.
18 Jan 2013
This is a photo from a group of Loyd Sandgren’s photographs that Olympic Weight Lifter Joe Dube‘ shared with me from his personal collection. He said that teams from around the state used to travel and compete in the 1960′s and this was one of the lifters from The University of Florida. He’s got the [...]
22 Aug 2012
“This picture was taken at the farmers market on West Beaver Street. It was taken for the Bing Company, the sign tells it all. 40’s.” LS This was about the same time that window unit air conditioners first started becoming available to cool homes. I really don’t want to think about life in Florida before [...]