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22 Mar 2018

The New Independent Life Building, 1955

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“Here is the Independent Insurance Building just after completion, about 1955. The parking lot in the foreground was the place where the Windsor Hotel was.” LS This photograph is looking North on North Julia Street with West Duval Street crossing in front of the building from left to right. The parking lot in the right [...]

13 Mar 2018

White Waiting Room

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“The Greyhound Bus Co on Bay Street in the 50’s. Note sign, White waiting room.  Upstairs was the black restrooms and waiting room.”  LS UPDATE: Thanks to sharp eyed visitors to Vintage Jacksonville who questioned the location attributed to this image by photographer Loyd Sandgren, the information is now updated and corrected. This is the [...]

31 Dec 2017

Blinging in the New Year

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“Here is Miss Jacksonville of 1948, Miss Betty Lindquist. This all happened in a jewelry store on Adams Street. She was modeling the bracelet and broach. Other people unidentified. There were two guards, one at each side of us to make sure nothing was missing. I am proud of its sharpness, 4X5 camera was used.” [...]

19 Dec 2017

Not So Happy Place

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“This shows an accident in the 200 block of West Bay Street. On the right is the Casino Theatre, price nine cents. Happy’s Place which was a beer joint, the next building not seen, was Clyde’s Bar. The cab was a Packard Car. The damage to both cars came to seventy dollars.”  LS  

29 Aug 2017

Naval Station Mayport, 1943

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“U.S. Naval Section Base, Mayport, Florida, July 1943. Photo taken from the wind tower, looking South, towards the beaches. Yachts & Pogy Boats were the fleet at the base.”  LS This early view of Naval Station Mayport was taken while photographer Loyd Sandgren was stationed there. The Navy photographer job first brought him to Jacksonville [...]

07 Jun 2017

Treaty Oak, 1960′s

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This 200 plus year old Live Oak on the Southbank of the St. Johns River sits on land that in the early 1900’s was home to Jacksonville’s Dixieland Park. The tree was named Treaty Oak in the 1930’s after a fictitious story was written by The Florida Times-Union writer Pat Moran about settlers and indians [...]

16 May 2017

Leo Fitzpatrick Florist on Laura Street

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“The Leo Fitzpatrick Building on 515 Laura Street.  This is where the Ivey’s building is today.  Fitzpatrick Florist’s became famous here.”  LS Leo Fitzpatrick Florist was one of the big players in Jacksonville’s flower business until the mid 1950’s when the business was bought in 1956 by competitor Robert Kuhn who founded Kuhn Flowers in [...]

12 Apr 2017


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This is a wonderful photograph of women’s basketball but photographer Loyd Sandgren left no clue as to the identities of the teams, the location or the date of the photograph. The image probably dates from the mid 1940’s to the early1950’s since the pants still have a belt which went out in the early 50’s. [...]

28 Mar 2017

Downtown Jacksonville Skyline from Memorial Park

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“A view of downtown Jacksonville from West, From the Riverside High Rise on a gray day But it is a Interesting view.” LS According to photographer Loyd Sandgrens’ note accompanying this print the photograph was taken from the Park Lane apartment building on the West edge of Memorial Park and looking toward the Northeast. The [...]

09 Feb 2017

On The Range at Yellow Water Gunnery School, 1944

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“Turrets at the Yellow Water Gunnery School. July 8, 1944. I think the range used over 3,000,000 rounds of 50mm bullets.”  LS Training turret gunners on trailers fitted with aircraft machine gun turrets at one of the practice ranges at the Yellow Water Gunnery School. The WWII base was located on land North of the [...]

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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