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26 Nov 2014

One Mayor And Three Sets Of Twins

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According to beaches historian Don Mabry and confirmed by numerous friends of Vintage Jacksonville at the beaches, the gentleman in the center of this photograph taken by beaches photographer Virgil Deane is I.D. Sams, the Mayor of Jacksonville Beach, Florida in 1952 and then from 1959-1961.  Despite a great deal of speculation on the identities […]

07 May 2014

Bodybuilder And Radio Personality, 1960’s

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Bodybuilder Gene Hill inspects the bicep of WMBR Radio personality Tommy Tucker during a bodybuilding competition at the old bandshell at Jacksonville Beach in the early 1960’s. You can tell by the cigarette in Tucker’s hand that the event was all about healthy living.  

25 Dec 2013

Photos By Virgil Deane

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Bathing Beauty and Photographer on the beach by Virgil Deane.  The print is showing a little age but the image is wonderful! Vintage Jacksonville recently received a packing box with hundreds of prints of photographs by Beaches photographer Virgil Deane from a Jacksonville resident who saved them from a trip to the dump when they […]

24 Apr 2013

Heavy Lifting At Beach Bandshell

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This is another photo by Loyd Sandgren that he took of Jacksonville’s Olympic Weightlifter Joe Dube’ putting on a demonstration for a crowd at the old bandshell at Jacksonville Beach.  Probably shot in the 1960’s.  This was from a group of photographs owned by Joe Dube’ that were shot by Sandgren who covered Dube’ before […]

11 Feb 2013

Bodybuilding Show At Jacksonville Beach Bandshell

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Bodybuilding demonstration at the old Jacksonville Beach Bandshell that backed up to the boardwalk on the property next to the lifeguard station. The Quality Suites Oceanfront hotel now occupies that portion of the lot on 1st. Street North.  Looks like it packed them in!

06 Dec 2012

Beach Parking

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“Jacksonville Beach, Florida as it looked in 1950.  The old pier was out from 3rd. Ave. North.  Note the amusements on the far left.  Picture was taken from the Life Saving Tower, the same one that is there today.  Lots of cars on the beach.”  LS I’m going to go out on a limb and […]

13 Sep 2012

Things That Go Boom!

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“This shows the mine that was laid in many places at Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach and many other places around our area.  I have no idea how many were put in our waters but this was the way it was done.  1943, 1944.” LS From the US Navy web site reference to Mine Warfare:  “The […]

28 Aug 2012

Jacksonville Beach Aerial

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An aerial view of Jacksonville Beach looking West from over the Atlantic Ocean.  Thanks to a little help from the Beaches Museum & History Park we decided that this was from the late 1950’s or early 1960’s.  It looks so underdeveloped and small compared to what it has become today and there is nothing on […]

30 Apr 2012

Model With Porsche And Leopard Print Bathing Suit

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“A very attractive young lady at Jacksonville Beach, FL on a summer day in 1963.  As you can see we weren’t alone, lots of onlookers, the car isn’t bad either.” LS The Brumos car dealership is well represented in the collection of Loyd Sandgren’s work as well as attractive young ladies.  I don’t know if […]

10 Jun 2011

On The Beach

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Bodybuilder Mickey Lewis showing his form.  This is one of a group of bodybuilders Loyd Sandgren photographed on Jacksonville’s beaches in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

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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