Frank Hardy Photography

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

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  1. I have several Cottrell Pensacola photographs if you are interested. here is an example of one. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByvkrhSuF4ykbHhJMTBnaEtKMGs/view?usp=sharing This would have been near Milton, Fla. and I think at the Naval Store front office, where my grandfather was apart of.

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    Charles Munson

    September 11, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    • Charles … Thanks for commenting. I would be interested in seeing anything by Cottrell. You can call me at 850-449-1279 anytime. Leave a message and I will get back to you if I do not answer. I live in Milton, but I can go any where. Thanks for thinking of me and look forward to hearing from you … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      September 12, 2017 at 11:06 am


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