There was something about post #3 (soldiers in dress blues w/stacked arms M1903 rifles) that kept nagging at me. I was pretty sure I had been there. Then it hit me......... that's the back side of the old Hotel San Carlos, in Pensacola. There in followed another of my Google searches.
The San Carlos opened in 1910, and sadly, was torn down in 1992-93 to make way for a new Federal courthouse. What an architectural loss. The hotel was located on the west side of Palafox (the old "main drag"). No chance to go there and take digpix; or look at satellite pix.
Go to: http://www.stjohnshi..._hotel2_fpc.jpg
Now compare that post card with post #3. In post #3, you are looking northeast, toward Palafox. In the postcard, you are on Palafox, looking northwest. The two frame houses on the left (post #3 vintage pic), are not visible in the vintage postcard. But if you look at the 3d building from the left (in the vintage pic) - you will notice the same architectural ornamentation on the pediment; and the same canvas awnings. If you look in the distance behind building #3, you will see the San Carlos, looming over the smaller building. Also, a very small portion of the SW corner of the San Carlos is visible. What little architectural ornamentation you can see on the San Carlos (particularly the balcony, which lines up with the pediment of the house) appears to match in both photos.
Over the years, I have seen photos (from the early 20th century), of soldiers and sailors marching north on Palafox St in large parades, such as July 4th. I think these guys (in post #3) were waiting to form up and march in such a parade. With the San Carlos in view, the photo is definitely post 1910. Now for the top date.......... anybody know when they stopped wearing that model of dress blues?
Camp_Kearney: I'm pleased to learn that someone is now trying to take better care of the gun at Battery Cooper. I saw it just after it was mounted, and she was a beauty. The last time I saw her (can't remember, but 5-8 years ago) she was in dreadful shape. Being an old (and VERY anal tanker & air cavalryman), the lack of PM drove me crazy, lol. Thanks for your help!!! And yes - I suspect those old guns are like my old tanks - they ate feet, arms, legs (and sometimes lives) with alarming frequency.
Edited by CaptCav, 24 September 2008 - 03:14 PM.