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02 Aug 2011

A Different Downtown

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Looking South East through downtown Jacksonville in the 1950’s.  About the only thing still in this photo today is the Main Street Bridge.  Lower left is the old Union Bus Station.  The light colored 4 story building housed Muntz TV on the ground floor.  Across the river behind the bridge is the Gibbs Shipyard.  Almost […]

08 Jul 2011

Independent Square

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Constructed between 1972 and 1974 the Independent Square building stood as the tallest building in the state of Florida until 1981 and continues to be the dominant building of Jacksonville’s skyline.  The 37 floor, 535 feet tall building was first home to the Jacksonville based Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company and was know as […]

24 May 2011

Atlantic Bank Building

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“This was the brand new Atlantic Bank Building, on the corner of Forsyth and Hogan Streets.  The old Atlantic Building in the background.  On the left is the store Furchgott’s.  About 1956.” LS This view of the building’s facade is now obscured by the elevated skyway tracks that travel along Hogan Street.

28 Feb 2011

Above San Marco, 1940’s

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Looking North towards downtown Jacksonville from over San Marco.  Late 1940’s.  Notice the cleared field where the original Prudential Building and Baptist Hospital were later built.  No I-95 overpass complex.  Things have changed a bit in the years since then…

31 Dec 2010

Gator Bowl Parade

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Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Gator Bowl parade float passing by the old Federal Courthouse building ahead of the December 31, 1955 match up between Auburn and Vanderbilt in the Gator Bowl.  Vanderbilt won that one 25 to 13. It was Auburn’s third year in a row to be in the Gator Bowl beating Baylor the […]

09 Dec 2010

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Building

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The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad building reflecting on the almost glassy St. Johns River not long after it opened in the early 1960’s.  It is now known as the CSX building.

29 Nov 2010

Go Greyhound 1953

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According to the tag on the bus this was 1953 but I’ll leave Loyd’s note as he wrote it. “This is the way the old Greyhound bus station looked like in the late 1940’s.  The terminal was on Bay and Hogan Streets where Sears built their downtown store.  They look a lot smaller than they […]

13 Nov 2010

1950’s Skyline From Main Street Bridge

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1950’s view of the downtown Jacksonville waterfront and skyline. This photo was shot from the raised span of the Main Street Bridge.

19 Oct 2010

Hogan Street View

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“This picture was taken from Bay Street looking North on Hogan Street.  The Seminole Hotel on the right, the Furchgotts, Levy’s, Hemming Park the Cohen’s.  On the left you can see Lenak Studio, the name spelled backwards was Jack Kanel (a great photographer) who made lots of money taking pictures of service men.  The Luggage […]

13 Oct 2010

Building Boom

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One of the numerous incarnations of this particular block of downtown Jacksonville over the years.  This was probably for the construction of old Robert Meyer Hotel, the Woolworth and J.C. Penney buildings.  The site currently hosts the Federal Courthouse Complex.

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