Frank Hardy Photography

Seattle and the San Juan Islands …

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Greetings … I’ve been busy the last month or so and I missed posting anything in December.  In fact, that was the first month that I missed posting since I started this personal photography blog.  The above photo was taken on a trip to Seattle at the Pike Street Market last month.  I have a lot of images that I am shifting through and will post in the months to come.  Most are just a bunch of random “grab” shots that I thought looked interesting at time, but I know that I have a handful of award winners … that is joke, pitiful as it is.  This was my first trip to Washington and it is a beautiful area.  We really had a nice time, even though it was short.  Here are several more  …

 

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This little church was at a winery on San Juan Island just up the road from Friday Harbor.  I cannot remember the name of the winery or the exact location, but it was only a few miles up the road from the actual harbor itself.  The last photo is of the Lime Kiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island.  It is located only a few miles from Roche Harbor …

 

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This is just a tight crop of the entire image that I posted on my Instagram account.  The island in the background is Canada and I think that is the island that Victoria is on.  I plan on doing something more with this image … different crop, border, framing.  Not sure what at this point.  Thanks again for looking.  I have a lot of other random images from this trip and from the few days that we spent out on Pensacola Beach at Portofino.  Hope everyone had a safe and happy holidays, we did.  Looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store. Stay safe and please check back … Frank

New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade 1907 …

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This is the Rex Parade on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans back in the 1907 Mardi Gras celebration.  The theme for that year was ” Visions on Nations “, with each float being a different country.  I bought the original photograph from someone on Ebay and it was not in very good condition – stains, corners bent and torn, etc.  It took me several hours to get it to look like this, but I think that it is a pretty interesting image.  Parts of Canal Street look like the building on the near right side even today in 2016.  Times have really changed … I don’t see any of these parade goers screaming and waving their arms shouting ” Throw me something Mister! ” or whatever else they do now a days ( and I think you know what I mean … wink, wink ).  If anyone has any images of New Orleans from this time period, I would be interested in seeing what you have.  Thanks for looking and don’t forget that I post frequently and often to my Instagram ( frankphardy ) account.  Hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving … ours was.  Please check back ….

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November 30, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Delchamps in Downtown Pensacola …

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This photograph of the Delchamps grocery store in downtown Pensacola at the corner of Garden and Baylen Streets was taken by photographer Charles Cottrell sometime around 1920 or so. My father worked at this store sometime in the late 1920’s or early 30’s.  His mother ran a boarding house on Garden Street where Gulf Winds Credit Union is today.  He also played for their basketball team and I have a group photo of the team over at the other blog I have, which is about my father’s photography.  The building is still there today, but it has been converted to office space and is a bank currently.  Look at all of the oil stains out front of the store … I guess pressure washers have not been invented when this photo was taken.  Also, you have to wonder the people’s drive ways looked like during this time since cars had only been in existence for twenty or thirty years when this was made.  This photo is part of archives at UWF in the basement of the library that is available for anyone to search through and download.

Which brings me to my next point, I have started to give some of my father’s negatives to Dean DeBolt and his staff for archiving.  If you read my blogs, I mentioned several years ago where I have given thousands of his negatives to the Pensacola Historical Society.  The Historical Society is now part of the UWF Historical Trust.  I went out and talked to them earlier in the week and gave them some negatives that my father had taken of Florida Governor Dan McCarty in Milton Florida back in 1952.  As time goes on, I am going to be donating more, so stay tuned.  Go check the UWF Archives and see all that they have.  I am adding a link for the site here.

Thanks for looking and as usual, all comments are welcomed and appreciated … Frank

Santa Barbara Mission …

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This photo of the Santa Barbara Mission was made back in 1915.  I have purchased several negatives of various missions through the years and have never done anything with them.  I have only been to the missions in Oceanside – Mission San Luis Rey –  and the one where Alfred Hitchcock made the movie “Vertigo”,  Mission San Juan Bautista.  There are twenty one missions in the state of California, so two down, nineteen more to go.  I thought that I had posted some photos already of these missions, but just going back through the last year or so it looks like I have not.  I made a good number of images at the Oceanside Mission and I must have only posted them on my Instagram account.  No idea who took this photo.  I just scanned the negative and did a little Photoshop work on the file just to clean it up a bit.  Here is a link to some information on Spanish Missions.

If you ever get a chance to travel to California, do yourself a favor and find a mission near where you are staying and go pay it a visit.  It is really amazing to read and see how these people lived back in the 1600 and 1700’s.   Thanks for visiting and feel free to comment if you have been here to the Santa Barbara Mission or any of the California Missions.

Downtown Pensacola 1970’s …

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This is one of the better photos of downtown Pensacola from back in the 1970’s that I have.  Looking south down Palafox Street standing in the median just north of where Gregory Street crosses Palafox, you can see all of the way to the end where the old Municipal Auditorium used to be located.  The City bus transfer station is where the Martin Luther King Plaza located today.  And you also have a nice view of the San Carlos Hotel, which at the time this photo was taken ( 1972 ), was still open for business.  St Michael’s Catholic Church is just north of the hotel and I can remember going to the old hotel where the bride’s family would rent a suite for them to get dressed in, since St Michael’s did not have a reception hall or any accommodations for the bride to dress.  Times have changed …   Thanks for looking and please check back.  If anyone out there can remember getting dressed or assembling at the old San Carlos Hotel before a wedding at St Michael’s, I’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment.

World’s Fair 1964 in Color …

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Here are a few more from my New York World’s Fair 1964 file.  The first is a color photo of the Unisphere in color at night.  When we were there, my father had bought me a little statue of the globe that I still have today.  I made some photos of it several years ago and posted them.  I found the folder that they were stored in and pulled a file out to include in this post.  Here are the images …

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The next is a 4×5 transparency that I ran across on the internet and purchased of the Florida Pavilion under construction.  Nothing great, but it got my attention and I thought that it was interesting so I purchased it.  I cannot remember going to the pavilion when we there, but that does not really mean much since I was only eleven at the time.  I think that going to see It’s a Small World was the highlight of the trip for me.

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That is it for now.  I still have been posting mostly on my Instagram site … frankphardy … and have still neglected my blogs for the past few months.  I still plan on keeping them though and I am trying to put together another Frank Hardy Photography web site.  I will get back with you that and thanks for looking ….

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August 31, 2016 at 9:10 am

1964 World’s Fair in New York City …

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In 1964, my father and I went to New York City for the Professional Photographer’s of America National Convention.  While we were there, we went to the World’s Fair that was held in Flushing Meadows.  Following are negatives that I found that I cleaned up and am posting.  Nothing great, but they are still interesting to view.  I made a comment on Instagram when I posted some that it is odd to see people walking around without a phone stuck to their ear and people are actually talking to one another… times have really changed!  I have a booklet somewhere that I still have on the World’s Fair, but I cannot put my hand on it now, so I do not have any description to go along with the photos.  The few that I do know I will post a comment.  Here we go …

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The next image was taken in the Belgium Village that was constructed and the highlight there were the Belgium Waffles.  Incredible!! Never had anything like it before, granted I was only eleven years old, but it was delicious.  The waffle with fresh strawberrys, powdered sugar and whip creme … never saw anything like that in Pensacola!  They were so popular I think we had to wait in line for ten or fifteen minutes to buy one.  Sorry that it did not occur to me to take a photo of it, so you will have to use your imagination or google it …

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And finally the Unisphere.  I purchased  a miniature of the Unisphere to bring home, which I still have, and I made a few photos of it earlier that I have posted.  I thought that I would also include one here …

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If anyone went and would like to share their story, please feel free.  If you took a photo of your Belgian Waffle and feel like sharing it, I would love to see it.  That is one more thing that has changed since then … if it were not for food photos and coffee / drink photos, Instagram would have a billion or so less photos every day!  Thanks for looking and feel free to comment … Frank

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July 31, 2016 at 3:26 pm