The Senator

The tree known as “The Senator,” or simply “the big tree,” burned on January 16, 2012. The massive cypress, located near Longwood, Florida in Seminole County, was believed to be nearly 3,500 years old. Locals, tourists and naturalists alike marveled at The Senator until a fire started by vandals destroyed the renowned landmark one year ago today.

The Senator Cypress tree with State Forester Hux Coulter standing on the left (early 1900s)

The Senator Cypress tree with State Forester Hux Coulter standing on the left (early 1900s)

Daguerreotype to Digital – A Brief History of the Photographic Process

The daguerreotype was the earliest practical photographic process, but exposure times could be as long as a half-hour. Head clamps held the subject in place so they didn’t wiggle. A later photographic process allowed for fast exposure, but was blue! Another was prone to spontaneous combustion. Archives Supervisor Jody Norman will talk about the history of the photographic process, from the dangers and limitations of early methods to the advent of digital photography.

If you are interested in the history of the photographic process, register for this free webinar, and join us from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST on January 17, 2013!


 

Super Bowl III (January 12, 1969)

On this date in 1969, the New York Jets beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in the first ever Super Bowl held in Miami.

Aerial view of the Orange Bowl during Super Bowl III (January 12, 1969)

Aerial view of the Orange Bowl during Super Bowl III (January 12, 1969)

Joe Namath led the underdog Jets to a 16-7 victory in front of a crowd of more than 75,000 fans at the Orange Bowl.

New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath speaking in Fort Lauderdale (1972)

New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath speaking in Fort Lauderdale (1972)

Happy Birthday Don Grooms (January 12, 1930)

Don Grooms at the 1988 Florida Folk Festival: White Springs, Florida

Don Grooms at the 1988 Florida Folk Festival: White Springs, Florida

Don Grooms was a favorite among fans of Florida Folk, and appeared regularly at the Florida Folk Festival. Although he was born in Cherokee, North Carolina, Grooms spent much of his life in Florida, and taught journalism at the University of Florida. He received the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1996 for his songs filled with wit and dry humor inspired by Florida and Native American life. In addition to live performances, which often found him on stage with like-minded artists such as Chief Jim Billie, fiddler Wayne Martin, and Will McLean, he recorded some his best-known songs on the 1980 album Walk Proud My Son.

In honor of his birthday, here are some recordings of Don Grooms and friends from the Florida Folklife Collection.

“Walk Proud My Son”

[audio:http://floridamemory.com/fpc/memory/collections/folklife/mp3/folk/grooms2.mp3|titles=Walk Proud My Son|artists=Don Grooms]

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More Info: Catalog Record

“I Believe”

[audio:http://floridamemory.com/fpc/memory/collections/folklife/mp3/Grooms.mp3|titles=I Believe|artists=Don Grooms]

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More Info: Catalog Record

“Chicken Bone Special”

[audio:http://floridamemory.com/fpc/memory/collections/folklife/mp3/folk/grooms.mp3|titles=Chicken Bone Special|artists=State Archives of Florida]

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Madison’s 175th

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the city of Madison, Florida.

Daughters of Dr. Chandler Holmes Smith II and Marie Vann Dial Smith, ca. 1914

Daughters of Dr. Chandler Holmes Smith II and Marie Vann Dial Smith, ca. 1914

Florida Manufacturing Company mill, ca. 1890

Florida Manufacturing Company mill, ca. 1890

T.J. Beggs & Company General Store, 1900

T.J. Beggs & Company General Store, 1900

Madison town band, ca. 1900

Madison town band, ca. 1900

Eva Gertrude Littleton and her Aunt Sweetie, ca. 1910

Eva Gertrude Littleton and her Aunt Sweetie, ca. 1910

Horse drawn fire wagon, 1910s

Horse drawn fire wagon, 1910s

King David Atkins, World War I veteran, ca. 1917

King David Atkins, World War I veteran, ca. 1917

Ragans Chrysler Plymouth dealership, 1930s

Ragans Chrysler Plymouth dealership, 1930s

Florence Eloise Littleton with her two brothers, 1938

Florence Eloise Littleton with her two brothers, 1938

Eunice Priest Clark buying savings bond from Lem Crandall at the post office, 1940

Eunice Priest Clark buying savings bond from Lem Crandall at the post office, 1940

Thomas “Buck” Miller, 1950

Thomas “Buck” Miller, 1950

Patricia and Gail Herring, 1957

Patricia and Gail Herring, 1957

Boys picking shade tobacco, 1977

Boys picking shade tobacco, 1977

Edna Warner crocheting, 1977

Edna Warner crocheting, 1977

Ernestine, 1977

Ernestine, 1977

Marybelle V. James being sworn in as the first woman and the first African American elected county commissioner in Madison County

Marybelle V. James being sworn in as the first woman and the first African American elected county commissioner in Madison County

Want to see more? The Madison Collection contains approximately 1,000 photographs of Madison County’s people, places and industries.

Look, Elvis!

Today is the birthday of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. He was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935.

Elvis Presley and fan Ardys Bell after his performance in the Gator Bowl - Jacksonville, Florida

Elvis, with Ardys Bell, after his performance at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, February 1956.

Theodor de Bry’s 16th Century Engravings of Florida

The State Library and Archives is pleased to present Theodor de Bry’s 16th century engravings in conjunction with the Florida Department of State’s Viva Florida 500 commemoration. Digital copies of the de Bry engravings are made possible by a donation from the Michael W. and Dr. Linda Fisher Collection.

Plate XXII: Industry of the Floridians in Depositing Their Crops in the Public Granary

Plate XXII: Industry of the Floridians in Depositing Their Crops in the Public Granary

De Bry’s engravings, first published in Grand Voyages (1591), contain the earliest known European images of Native Americans in what is now Florida. For his engravings, de Bry relied on the first-hand account of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, a member of the short-lived French colony at Fort Caroline. De Bry based his engravings on sketches made by Le Moyne of his experiences in Florida. Since Le Moyne’s original work has been lost, de Bry’s engravings are the only remaining visual history of the French expeditions to Florida in 1562 and 1564.

De Bry’s renditions of Le Moyne’s sketches are both historically significant and highly controversial. Scholars point out that certain aspects of the engravings do not match later depictions of the Timucua Indians encountered by the French in northeastern Florida, and also contend that de Bry certainly altered the images prior to publication. Artistic license is evident in several of the images included here. For example, in the scene depicting Timucua warfare against the Potanou [Plate XIII], mountains are visible in what is supposed to be northeastern Florida. Other images also contain items not found in Florida, such as the Pacific nautilus rather than the Florida whelk shell as a Timucuan ceremonial object [Plates XIX and XL].

Plate XVIII: The Chief Applied to by Women Whose Husbands Have Died in the War or by Disease

Plate XVIII: The Chief Applied to by Women Whose Husbands Have Died in the War or by Disease

In other instances, more reliable clues about Timucuan culture emerge. For example, in Plate XVIII, “The Chief Applied to by Women Whose Husbands Have Died in the War or by Disease,” the Timucua chief is adorned with numerous tattoos. Because Europeans were largely unfamiliar with tattooing for decorative purposes, it is unlikely that either Le Moyne or de Bry fabricated Timucuan body art. Later ethnographic information confirms that tattooing was common among the southeastern Indians.

The original 42 plates that make up de Bry’s series on Florida can be viewed on the Florida Memory website. The images are accompanied by English translations of the first German-language edition of Grand Voyages.