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Orlando buildings circa 1960 through the lens of Tim Orwick

This collection of black and white photographs is from  the personal collection of Tim Orwick, Colonial High School graduate and yearbook photographer extraordinaire. Some of the photos are featured as part of this introduction. 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.

He has begun to digitize many of his old negatives from the late ’50s and early ’60s, a project which will take several more years to complete.”
La Belle Furs

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:

La Belle Fur Co. Inc. Morris S. LaBellman, President. Furriers, Cold Storage, Restyling, Cleaning, Glazing.
351 North Orange Avenue. Telephone GArden 2-3565.
Bob's Auto Glass

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.

Lake Eola

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.

Johnson Electric

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.

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Tim Orwick and spouse

Tim Orwick- Colonial High School graduate and yearbook photographer extraordinaire with his spouse.

Ivey's Drugs and Soda - Southwest corner of Gore and Orange Avenue circa 1960

Ivey's Rexall Drugs and Soda fountain at the southwest corner of Gore and Orange Avenue circa 1960. This was the era when most...

La Belle Furs - Orange Avenue

La Belle / LaBelle Furs has been and still is a fixture on Orange Avenue just south of Colonial / Highway 50....

Bob's Auto Glass - Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park - circa 1960

Bob's Auto Glass was located on west Fairbanks Avenue near the intersection of Ward. Now the location of several shops including Spatz. According...

Lake Eola looking west circa 1960

Photograph likely taken from Robinson Street side of Lake Eola catching fountain in the far left with the Orlando skyline in the...

Johnson Electric Company circa 1960

Johnson Electric Company circa 1960. At one time, Johnson Electric was the only major supplier of lighting in the Orlando area. Even...

First Federal Savings and Loan Association circa 1960

Unsure of the actual address of this location of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association building in this photograph. Most of the...

Main Street (Magnolia Avenue) Orlando circa 1960

Location of the building is 201 North Main at Jefferson. Main became Magnolia Avenue. The building is still standing. From the personal collection...

Winn Dixie - Colonial Drive circa 1960

Photograph of the Winn Dixie on Colonial Drive near Bumby. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. For a larger image, right click and...

WHOO Radio Studios circa 1960

WHOO Radio Station circa 1960. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. For a larger image, right click and save to your device.

Credit Finance Corporation - One North Rosalind circa 1960

This photograph is of the building at the intersection of Rosalind and Central - One North Rosalind. It has been the location...

Sussman Kassman circa 1960

Sussman - Kassman company circa 1960. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. For a larger image, right click and save to your device.

Timber Products Company circa 1960

Timber Products Company on Atlanta Avenue  circa 1960. From private collection of Tim Orwick. For a larger image, right click and save to your...

Rutland's Department Store circa 1960

Rutland's department store located at  61-69 North Orange Avenue circa 1960. According to R. L. Polk's 1963 Orlando and Winter Park City...

San Juan Hotel circa 1960

The San Juan Hotel, Beacham Theater and other businesses on North Orange Avenue circa 1960. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. For a...

Orlando City Hall circa 1960

Photograph of the Orlando City Hall circa 1960. For a larger image, right click and save to your device.

Orange County Courthouse Annex circa 1963

Construction of the Orange County Courthouse Annex circa 1960. Annex was located in front of the courthouse on Central at Magnolia. It...

Jacklind Building circa 1960

The Jacklind Building was named because of its location at the corner of Jackson and Rosalind Avenue. From the private Collection of Tim Orwick. ...

George Stuart Office Supply circa 1960

George Stuart Office Supply company stood for decades at the intersection of Robinson and Rosalind Streets with the parking lot and entry...

Myrick's Furniture and Carpets circa 1960

Myrick's Furniture and Carpet store circa 1960. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. For a larger image, right click and save to your...

Citizen's National Bank circa 1960

Citizen's National Bank at the corner of Robinson Street and Orange Avenue circa 1960. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. For a larger...

Claude H. Wolfe appliance store circa 1960.

Claude H. Wolfe Appliance store circa 1960. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. For a larger image, right click and save to your...

Figurella circa 1960

Figurella store circa 1960. From private collection of Tim Orwick. For a larger image, right click and save to your device.

Kent Furniture Company circa 1960

Kent Furniture company circa 1960. From private collection of Tim Orwick. According to the November 1962 Orlando Telephone Directory, Kent Furniture C...

Kent Furniture Company circa 1960 - Image 2

Kent Furniture Company circa 1960. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. For a larger image, right click and save to your device.

First National Bank Building circa 1960 - Under Construction 1

First National Bank Building under construction circa 1960. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. According to R.L. Polk's 1963 Orlando and Winte...

First National Bank Building circa 1960 - Under Construction 2

First National Bank Building circa 1960 under construction. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. According to R.L. Polk's 1963 Orlando and Winte...

American Casuality Company - Sondra Powell Building circa 1960

According to R. L. Polk's 1963 Orlando and Winter Park City Directory (page 598) the Sondra Powell Building was located at 1514-1516...

Kane the Furniture King circa 1960

Kane the Furniture King circa 1960. You can see a Holler Chevrolet sign in the background. According to R. L. Polk's 1963 Orlando...

Travelodge at Livingston and Rosalind circa 1960

Travelodge at Livingston and Rosalind circa 1960. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. For a larger image, right click and save to your...

Orlando Federal Savings and Loan Association circa 1960 - Image 1

Orlando Federal Savings and Loan Association located at 55 East Livingston at Magnolia Avenue circa 1960. It was demolished to make way...

Orlando Federal Savings and Loan Association circa 1960 - Image 2

Orlando Federal Savings and Loan Association located at 55 East Livingston at Magnolia Avenue circa 1960. It was demolished to make way...

May's Furniture Company circa 1960

May's Furniture Company circa 1960. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. For a larger image, right click and save to your device.

Albertson Public Library - Front exterior circa 1960

Albertson Public Library - Front exterior circa 1960. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. For a larger image, right click and save to...

Kent Furniture Company circa 1960 - Image 3

Kent Furniture Company circa 1960 - Image 3. According to the November 1962 Orlando Telephone Directory, Kent Furniture Company was located at 70...

Kent Furniture Company circa 1960 - Interior

Kent Furniture Company circa 1960 - Interior. Can  you say mid century modern? According to the November 1962 Orlando Telephone Directory, the Kent...

Timber Products Company circa 1960 - Color

Timber Products Company circa 1960 - color photo. According to R. L. Polk's 1963 Orlando and Winter Park City Directory (page 748), Timber...

Timber Products Company circa 1960 - Image 2

Timber Products Company circa 1960 - Image 2. According to R. L. Polk's 1963 Orlando and Winter Park City Directory (page 748), Timber...

Timber Products Company circa 1960 - Image 3

Timber Products Company circa 1960. According to R. L. Polk's 1963 Orlando and Winter Park City Directory (page 748), Timber Products Company, Inc.,...

Auger Building circa 1960

Auger Building circa 1960 located at 326 North Magnolia Avenue. According to R. L. Polk's 1963 Orlando and Winter Park City Directory...

Citizens National Bank circa 1960

Citizens National Bank and Finnies circa 1960. From the private collection of Tim Orwick. According to their full page advertisement on page 28 in...

Poorbaugh State Farm Insurance and Wesco Realty Company circa 1960.

Poorbaugh State Farm Insurance circa 1960. According to R. L. Polk's 1963 Orlando and Winter Park City Directory, Agent William R. Poorbaugh's...

Potter, Bower and Company circa 1960

Potter Bower and Company circa 1960, located at 338 North Main Street, now Magnolia Avenue. According to R. L. Polk's 1963 Orlando and...

Potter, Bower and Company circa 1960 - 338 North Main / Magnolia Avenue

Potter Bower and Company circa 1963, located at 338 North Main Street, now Magnolia Avenue. According to R. L. Polk's 1963 Orlando and...

Orange Buick Company Used Car Lot circa 1960

Orange Buick Company Used Car Lot circa 1960. According to R. L. Polk's 1963 Orlando and Winter Park City Directory (page 554) Orange...

Orange Buick Company Used Car Lot circa 1960 - Image 2

Orange Buick Company Used Car Lot circa 1960. According to R. L. Polk's 1963 Orlando and Winter Park City Directory (page 554) Orange...

Finnies Inc. Complete Body and Paint Shop 1960

This is not Finnies - Complete Body and Paint Shop at 808 West Central in Orlando, but it is his advertisement on...

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