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07 Dec 2017

Alpha-Bits Flying High in Downtown Jacksonville

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“This was a big deal downtown in the 60’s. They were making a commercial for POST Alpha-Bits right in front of the then Jacksonville National Bank.”  LS What are now referred to the trio buildings served as the backdrop for the filming of a commercial for Alpha-Bits cereal, a product first introduced by Post Consumer [...]

09 Dec 2015

Site of the 1952 Federal Reserve Bank Building

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“This is the old house that stood on the corner of Julia and Church Streets. They then built the Federal Reserve Bank Building. The  picture was taken from the Ambassador Hotel. Now they have closed this bank and built a new one.”  LS The 1924 Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta building still stands at the [...]

28 Apr 2015

Party Time!

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Bobbing for apples photographed by beaches photographer Virgil Deane. This wonderful image was one of several hundred loose and un-captioned prints that were given to me after they were saved from the curb awaiting garbage pickup. I wish there were more details that could be shared. Perhaps some of the partiers are still around and [...]

15 Oct 2013

Main Street Car Dealerships, 1958

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“Here is the corners of Main and Orange streets.  It shows Claude Nolan, Inc. Cadillac dealers. The Henry McClellan’s English Ford.  The section on the right is now a motel.  Claude Nolan also moved out.”  LS The Claude Nolan Pontiac/Cadillac dealership building is still standing but has been empty and boarded up for many years. [...]

14 May 2013

Crowd At Miss Jacksonville Contest, 1954


“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?

18 Jun 2012

All Pumped Up


Unidentified body builders from the Loyd Sandgren collection of photographs.  Anyone out there recognize any of the contestants?

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 [...]

24 Feb 2012

Naval Air Gunners School

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A display of the aircraft turrets used by Navy aircraft gunners on parade at the Naval Air Gunners School at Yellow Water on Jacksonville’s Westside where the gunners were trained in their use.  Shot while Loyd Sandgren was a Navy photographer stationed at NAS Mayport in the 1940′s.  Here is an earlier post from the [...]

17 Feb 2012

Car Show


Unidentified model atop a 1950′s vintage Pontiac at what looks like a car show.  I can’t figure out the location but I’m sure someone out there will recognize the distinctive tile work on the stairway.  Let me know if you figure it out. (Update)  Thank you to the Vintage Jacksonville fans who were quick to [...]

09 Feb 2012

Boat People

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“This shows how the boat could sleep six. Of course you could not be too big and do that.  It pays to be young.” LS This is one of many photos Loyd Sandgren shot for Jacksonville’s Borum Boat Company.

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About Photographer Loyd Sandgren

I first met Loyd Sandgren in 1997 as I was putting photo gear back into my car after... Learn More