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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Pablo Cafeteria: 1936

Pablo Cafeteria: 1936

St. Johns County, Florida, circa 1936. "Street Scenes, St. Augustine." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Jacksonville Journal

A branch office for one of the newspapers out of the nearest "big city" to the north. The Journal was the afternoon paper, competing with the morning edition, The Florida Times-Union. Both papers began publishing in the late 1800s. Always the weaker paper, The Journal was bought by their morning rival in 1959. Alas, the afternoon edition Journal finally folded in 1988 due to competition from evening newscasts and falling circulation. The Times-Union is still published but readership is nowhere near its peak. The T-U is transitioning itself today to become an electronic-first edition with the possibility of eventually fazing out their paper edition altogether. The parent company of the Times-Union also owns the small local daily, The St. Augustine Record.

A Better View

The Pablo Cafeteria building still stands at 16 Marine St. on the left. It has been altered substantially but it still is recognizable. The buildings housing the cab company and the newspaper office are gone.

All American

cafeteria, as opposed to All Latvian?

[As opposed to Spanish. - Dave]

It looks like this is the spot

The junction of Marine and Avenida Menendez looking north. The Spanish style building in the distance seems to still be there, though the tower is shortened.


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Saying what they mean

Love the name on one of the tired-looking buildings -- "Ancient City Cab." They called 'em as they saw 'em back then, during the Depression, here in one of America's oldest cities.

Street lamp wires

I am at a loss for words

 
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