Pensacola In Pictures And Prints Author:Norman Simons nd Dr. James R. McGovern The pictures and prints in this volume have been selected to give an immediate sense of what it meant to live in Pensacola, Florida, in earlier times. They are real-to-life, artful only in the sense that they are subject to the conventions of the art of the pen, the brush and the photograph. In most studies of the past, historians have probably ... more »relied too much on verbal evidence, descriptive details, from one or several observers. Though we learn much from this process which is, indeed, the prime method of historical understanding, we are confined to the interpretations given us from those few who have had the habit of scribbling and we are, therefore, subject to their selection of facts and their prejudicies.
Photographs, prints, and to a lesser degree, maps, provide "sight thoughts" and, therefore, tell us things about history which transcend the skills of the most sensitive writer. Although it is true that we will never be able to re-experience, even from photographs, the atmosphere of the Pensacola Opera House on one of its first-nights, nor hear the animated conversations of its theatre-goers, nor touch the shoulder of an escort for this occasion, we can from the photographs of the Opera House and some of its actors and actresses deepen our understanding of what it meant to attend a play there.
After 1914 Pensacola's future was firmly linked and continues today to the Navy and the future of naval aviaion with the Naval Air Station.
This is a most interesting book of the history through photographs of Pensacola,Florida. It is so detailed. I enjoyed it very much and I think all who read it will too.« less