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Jax Noir: 1910

Jax Noir: 1910

Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910. "Forsyth Street at night." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


Ladies of the Night

Not necessarily THAT kind; the group at left. Looks like they stopped long enough to chat and register on the photo.

Foggy memory too

I spent fourteen loooooong years as a Jacksonville resident and doggone if any of these recent pictures of the place looks even remotely familiar. Probably a combination of "progress," Florida-style, plus simple repressed memory.

Up to no good,

or just watching the world go by - the guy sat on the wall. I find the overall image very atmospheric with the slightly misty atmosphere and the spooky figures caught moving by the long exposure.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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