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 [...]
07 Aug 2012
I recently had the privilege of meeting Joe Dube’ Sr. who won a Bronze Medal as a Heavyweight Weightlifter in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Dube’ grew up and trained in Jacksonville setting records as a Junior Weightlifter before setting his sights on the Olympics. I showed him this particular photo that Loyd Sandgren had [...]
11 Jul 2012
Another wonderful frame of sports promoter Jimmy Murdock’s Car, this time with Men’s Wrestling Promotion Signs. 1950′s. On the corner of Main Street and Beaver Street in downtown Jacksonville. This would pair nicely with this previously posted image printed large, framed and hung in a special place in your home or office. Just a thought…
18 Jun 2012
Unidentified body builders from the Loyd Sandgren collection of photographs. Anyone out there recognize any of the contestants?
17 Apr 2012
“This was the place that they checked trucks, many company’s had all their trucks inspected. This was in the middle 50’s.” LS
22 Mar 2012
An orange picker at work in the 1940′s. Ponce de Leon is credited with most likely planting the first orange trees around St. Augustine, Florida in the early to mid 1500′s. Citrus has been commercially grown in Florida since the early 1800′s with North Florida along the St. Johns River being the early hub of [...]