Touring Jacksonville with the Spottswood Collection

The Spottswood Collection consists of over 50,000 images comprising five decades of photography by Jack and Gordon Spottswood.

Young women climbing on an airplane parked on the beach, 1930

Young women climbing on an airplane parked on the beach, 1930

 

Young women at the beach, 1930

Young women at the beach, 1930

Commercial photographers, the Spottswoods were kept on retainer by the Seaboard Railroad and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. They did a considerable amount of work for real estate agencies and for insurance companies photographing accident scenes. As a result, the collection contains numerous images of Jacksonville-area street scenes, businesses, churches, hotels, theaters, and trains, as well as studio portraits and wedding photographs.

African American workers in trucks, ca. 1930

African American workers in trucks, ca. 1930

Jacksonville Beach, 1936

Jacksonville Beach, 1936

 

Two young couples at a Bolles academy dance, 1937

Two young couples at a Bolles academy dance, 1937

 

Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company shop worker, 1937

Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company shop worker, 1937

 

Hildebrandt building, 1938

Hildebrandt building, 1938

 

Riverside Chevrolet at night, 1941

Riverside Chevrolet at night, 1941

 

Car technicians at work, 1945

Car technicians at work, 1945

 

Brewster Hospital's children's ward, 1947

Brewster Hospital’s children’s ward, 1947

 

Coca Cola vendor at the National Air Lines terminal, 1947

Coca Cola vendor at the National Air Lines terminal, 1947

 

Machines filling and capping bottles at the Coca Cola Bottling plant, 1948

Machines filling and capping bottles at the Coca Cola Bottling plant, 1948

 

Showroom display of economy cars, 1948

Showroom display of economy cars, 1948

 

Frame and engine of an economy car, 1948

Frame and engine of an economy car, 1948

 

Lays potato chip company Christmas party, 1948

Lays potato chip company Christmas party, 1948

 

Murray Hill Theatre, 1949

Murray Hill Theatre, 1949

 

African American man receiving recognition from Great Southern Trucking Company, ca 1950

African American man receiving recognition from Great Southern Trucking Company, ca 1950

 

Aerial view of downtown Jacksonville, ca. 1950

Aerial view of downtown Jacksonville, ca. 1950

 

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