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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 […]

03 May 2012

Bruce Trailer Sales On Parade

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A 1940’s Cadillac pulls a shinny new Bruce Trailer Sales All-Metal Life Time Trailer past the Brooks Motors Inc. building at the corner of Union and Laura Streets.  There is the front end of a vehicle following the trailer decorated with ribbons so my guess is it was part of a parade through downtown Jacksonville.  […]

10 Apr 2012

It’s A Parade

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A military band makes it’s way down the 400 Block of West Forsyth Street crossing the intersection of Pearl Street. Looking at the cars I would guess this is the mid to late 1940’s. The view is to the West where you can see a nice selection of restaurants on the street, Comptons’s, Carroll’s Chile […]

09 Mar 2012

St. James And Hemming Plaza, 1970’s

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One of the later downtown views found in the Loyd Sandgren collection showing the St. James building which housed the May-Cohens department store, behind that is the Ivey’s department store and the newly finished Cathedral Towers stand in the background.  The Art Deco Western Union building was still a mixed use office building and palm […]

05 Mar 2012

Miss Jacksonville Pageant

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Contestant in the Miss Jacksonville Pageant held in the Palace Theater in downtown Jacksonville.  1950’s.  I’m sure the extension cords stringing the stage lights together were up to code. The Palace was one of almost two dozen theaters located along Forsyth Street, Main Street, Bay Street and a few other locations around downtown Jacksonville during […]

17 Jan 2012

Cohen Brothers, 1950’s

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A late 1950’s view of the St. James Building as the Cohen Brothers department store.  This Henry Klutho masterwork was completed Oct. 21, 1912 (making it 100 years old this year) and originally housed retail space on the lower floors and office space on the upper floors. It was the largest building in Jacksonville occupying […]

27 Dec 2011

The Lynch Building, 1950’s

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Located at the intersection of Main and East Forsyth Streets the 17 story Lynch Building was built to house office and retail space in 1926.  It was the second tallest building in Jacksonville when it was completed.  It has since been converted to apartments and renamed 11-East for it’s address at 11 East Forsyth Street.

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About Photographer Loyd Sandgren

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