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08 Jan 2018

The Old Gator Bowl

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An undated photo with no caption information of a youth football team in the old Gator Bowl. It might be a Police Athletic League team with the police officer in the photo. It is kind of amazing to think about how much the old metal bleacher stadium has evolved since it was built in the [...]

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 [...]

24 Aug 2017

A Pair of Barnett Bank Buildings

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  “Here is a picture of the Barnett Banks. The old one in the foreground was on Laura and Forsyth Streets. The other building still stands. 1950.” LS The bank building in the foreground located on West Forsyth Street at the intersection with Laura Street started as the Bank of Jacksonville in 1877. It was [...]

08 Mar 2017

Golden Gloves Boxing Match in the old Armory

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“In 1948 I took all the sports pictures for The Jacksonville Journal, the afternoon paper. This was taken in the old Armory on the corner of State and Market Streets. Three speed lights were used, one at the camera, one at each corner of the two sides, the stronger light was at the corner on [...]

24 Aug 2016

Tough Little Truck

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“The Grimland Toy company made these little toy trucks. They were so well designed that you could stand on them without crushing them. They were made of aluminum and very well made. They were burned out of business in the 1950’s. Too bad.” LS I’ve been unable to find out much about the Grimland Toy [...]

13 Jul 2016

Teen Town Building

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“This is the Teen Town Club Building on the corner of State and Liberty Streets.  It was a very active place in the late 40’s.  Later it was torn down to make way for the Jacksonville Recreation Department parking lot which it still is today.”  LS Information about this art deco inspired building was not [...]

21 Jun 2016

1950′s View of Old Courthouse

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Looking South from East Monroe Street at the back of the 1902 Duval County Courthouse building with the it’s 1914 addition to the right. North Market Street runs down the left side of the photograph. On the right side of the photograph appear to be residential structures that would be behind the Morocco Temple. The [...]

29 Mar 2016

Jacksonville’s Transforming Waterfront, 1957

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This is an image of the East side of the downtown Jacksonville waterfront as the area was making the transition from a working waterfront covered with piers and warehouses over the St. Johns River to the one we have today with bulkheaded banks and infill. Here the section of the river bank just East of [...]

09 Mar 2016

1950 Grapefruit League Pennant in Hemming Park

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“1950, This picture was taken in Hemming Park downtown. The banner was given to the Major League Baseball team that won the most games in Florida.  Mr. Harold Colee was president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.” LS Cross referencing photographs in the Florida State Archives it appears that the gentleman on the right was [...]

09 Feb 2016

The Many Incarnations of 1037 Park Street


Show in this 1950′s image with the single longest running tenant, F.W. Woolworth Co., this building at 1037 Park Street in the historic 5-Points shopping district of Jacksonville has been the home of numerous businesses since it first showed up in the city directory listings in 1928. Prior to that time the area was listed [...]

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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