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05 Dec 2013

Wedding Day


As a commercial photographer Loyd Sandgren took on the full spectrum of paying jobs to survive including shooting weddings.  There are over a dozen albums full of random and anonymous photos from wedding shoots spanning the late 1940′s through the 1960′s in the Loyd Sandgren Collection.  These are only the prints that survived so there [...]

05 Nov 2013

Jacksonville Yacht Storage, 1950′s

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The Jacksonville Yacht Storage business, first registered in February of 1932 was located at 17 Riverside Avenue,  just to the West of McCoy’s Creek where it feeds into the St. Johns River on land that is now part of the Florida Times-Union property.  To the east of this intersection (the left of this image) Riverside [...]

31 Oct 2013

Southern Belles In Oriental Gardens

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“These two girls first names were the same “Betty”.  They are shown here in Oriental Gardens, a tourist attraction for many years.  I used them in many of my pictures.”  LS What started out as a botanical collector’s location to plant his expanding accumulation of greenery in the 1920′s became Jacksonville’s prime attraction from the [...]

24 Oct 2013

Boat Show By The Lobster House

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“This picture was taken from the Southside of the St Johns River.  You can see the old Lobster House and boat sales office.  About 1958.”  LS The boat wrapped up next to the Midtown Marina tent advertises ’1958 First Showing Borum Boats’ and a number of the watercraft with their distinctive tail fins can be [...]

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. [...]

09 Oct 2013

Retro Belly Dancing

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An unidentified belly dancer in an unknown club.  One of two photographs taken in the same establishment from an album of Loyd Sandgren’s titled simply “Girls.”  Shot in the late 1960′s or early 1970′s.  Very hip looking integrated crowd.  The psychedelic posters on the walls add so much to the decor.

03 Oct 2013

Downtown Aerial, 1953

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A 1953 aerial view looking North at the Jacksonville waterfront, downtown and Springfield neighborhood. The former Blodgett Homes housing project can be seen in the upper left of the photograph.  It was built in 1942 as housing for people returning from military service and was said to be the largest housing project in Jacksonville.  Plenty [...]

27 Sep 2013

Golf Window Display At The Sport Shop

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This is another great window display captured by photographer Loyd Sandgren.  He shot them at night to minimize the reflections in the glass but often the few reflections that still show up give clues as to the location when no notes were left behind with the print, which was the case in this photograph.  In [...]

24 Sep 2013

West Adams Street, 1954

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A view looking East down West Adams Street between Hogan Street and Laura Street, 1954.  The Eastman Kodak Store, Lahn’s, French Novelty, Nancy Scott and other businesses line the block which ends with the Greenleaf & Crosby Building which was built in 1928.  The Elks Club Building and Hotel Roosevelt can be seen past the Laura [...]

13 Sep 2013

West Adams Street Businesses, Early 1950′s

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An Early 1950′s view of the South side of West Adams Street at the intersection with Laura Street.  Kay Jewelers had the corner location, a women’s fashion store and a Planters Peanut store are wedged between Kay and Beck Shoes.  Just peaking into the left of the frame is a portion of the Art Deco [...]

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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