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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.