This collection of black and white photographs is from the personal collection of Tim Orwick, Colonial High School graduate and yearbook photographer extraordinaire. Orlando Memory is grateful to Tim for sending us these photos to share.
Be sure to view the rest of the photographs below under Attachments. Click on the images below for a closer view.
Many of Tim Orwick’s photographs appear in Colonial High School yearbooks in the early 1960s.
“Tim Orwick has been a serious photographer since age 13, when he started processing film and printing enlargements with the guidance of Joe Clancy, a professional photographer in Orlando, Florida. Tim earned as much (or more) than his peers in high school by photographing school activities and community events.
But, real life of college, a career in accounting, software, and systems consulting intervened for about 40 years. Now retired from the business world, Tim has moved exclusively to digital photography. His subjects are nature and events near his home in Colorado and foreign travel.
La Belle / LaBelle Furs has been and still is a fixture at 351 Orange Avenue just south of Colonial Drive / Highway 50.Even folks from outlying counties would make the trip to La Belles twice a year – once to get their furs from cold storage for the winter season and again when the weather turned warm to return their furs to cold storage.
An advertisement in R. L. Polk’s 1963 Orlando and Winter Park City Directory (page 426) reads:
Bob’s Auto Glass was located on west Fairbanks Avenue near the intersection of Ward. Now the location of several shops including Spatz.
According to Polk’s 1963 Orlando and Winter Park (Orange County, Fla) City Directory Bob’s Auto Glass and Seat Cover Center, Inc., was located at 1023 West Fairbanks Avenue near the intersection of Ward Avenue. The manager at the time was Ossie Wibbanks.
Photograph likely taken from Robinson Street side of Lake Eola catching fountain in the far left with the Orlando skyline in the background. Buildings identifiable are the Greek Orthodox Church and Orlando Memorial High School / Memorial Middle School on Rosalind.
The Bell Telephone Company tower can be seen on their building located at the corner of Magnolia and Wall Street. The First National Bank Building can also be seen in the background.
Library trivia lovers will note that there is no library visible to the left of the Greek Orthodox Church. That’s because the Albertson Public Library had a much smaller footprint. It faced Central but only comprised about half of the block between Central and Wall Street.
Located at 260 South Magnolia Avenue at Jackson Street, Johnson Electric company was at one time, the only major lighting company in the Orlando area. Even in 1970s folks from outlying counties would travel to Orlando at the request of their builders to select lighting for their homes.
Peruse all 47 images under Attachments below.