|Betty Skelton Day, 1948||Betty Skelton Day, 1948||Flight|
Women air pilots
Betty Skelton Day, 1948
- Footage of a ceremony honoring Betty Skelton, the Women's International Aerobatic Champion, held at the Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa, Florida. The U.S. Army Air Corps Band plays as Betty Skelton appears and waves to the camera. A number of planes are shown performing aerial stunts and trick flying. A biplane tows a banner that reads "It's here - Fort Pitt Beer!!" For the finale Betty Skelton climbs inside a modified North American P-51 Mustang and zips around showing off her flying technique. When Skelton lands, she is presented with a bundle of flowers as she speaks to a crowd of spectators. Produced by Tampa Home Movie.
|"Flower of Tampa" by Robertson White, 1958||"Flower of Tampa" by Robertson White, 1958||moving images||Festivals -- Florida -- Hillsborough County -- Tampa|
Carnivals -- Florida -- Hillsborough County -- Tampa
Kings and rulers
Cigar industry -- Florida -- Hillsborough -- Tampa
"Flower of Tampa" by Robertson White, 1958
- Ricky has recently returned to Tampa from New York after being away for eight years. His uncle Manuel, a cigar manufacturer, tells Ricky about the early days of cigar production while they watch a film titled "From Leaf to Lip." Manuel encourages Ricky to visit the cigar factory for a tour. Before he takes the tour, Ricky's aunt Lisa shows him how Tampa has developed in the years since he's been gone during a car trip to the harbor and Tampa Industrial Park. They enjoy lunch together at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, where Ricky becomes distracted by a beautiful woman. Lisa drops him off at the factory and the foreman, Luis, shows Ricky the different areas of production where cigars are made by hand, including the casing, blending, stripping and packing areas. At the end of the tour, Ricky meets Maria, Luiz's daughter and the beautiful woman he saw at the restaurant. The next day is the Gasparilla Festival and there is footage of the invasion of the bay by the Jose Gasparilla ship, a parade and the crowning of the festival queen. The following day Maria gives Ricky a tour of the factory where machines manufacture the cigars. He invites her to dinner, and during dinner he decides that he'll stay in Tampa to work for his uncle.
|"Have Circus, Won't Travel" at Weeki Wachee Springs, ca. 1960||"Have Circus, Won't Travel" at Weeki Wachee Springs, ca. 1960||Underwater Circus (Choreographic work)|
Women entertainers -- Florida -- Hernando County -- Weeki Wachee
Hula hoop toys
Attractions -- Florida -- Hernando County -- Weeki Wachee
Tourism -- Florida -- Hernando County -- Weeki Wachee
Performances (Entertainment events)
"Have Circus, Won't Travel" at Weeki Wachee Springs, ca. 1960
- 1960 (circa)
- Mermaids perform in the "underwater big top" at Weeki Wachee Springs. The audience in the underwater theater watches as two mermaids perform a ballet routine and hula hoop acrobatics. Then "Willie" the dragon swims by. Mermaids continue the performance with trapeze and high wire acts. The "Janitor" joins the act and performs a pyramid routine with the mermaids. The show ends with a mermaid being pulled through the water on a large seahorse.
|Interview with Women's Army Corps Captain Eleanor P. Hutchins, Tallahassee, 1957||Interview with Women's Army Corps Captain Eleanor P. Hutchins, Tallahassee, 1957||video||Women and the military|
Interview with Women's Army Corps Captain Eleanor P. Hutchins, Tallahassee, 1957
- This film begins with exterior shots of Florida State University (FSU). Then Katherine Warren, dean of women, interviews Captain Eleanor P. Hutchins, commanding officer at the Women's Army Corps (WAC) Detachment at Fort McPherson, Georgia. Hutchins discusses her career with WAC and how the liberal arts education she received from FSU prepared her for the Army. The interview concludes with Hutchins discussing the upcoming Summer College Program for juniors at Fort McClellan in Alabama.
|Qualifying Races for the Daytona 500, 1964||Qualifying Races for the Daytona 500, 1964||Automobiles, Racing|
Racetracks (Automobile racing) -- Florida -- Volusia County -- Daytona Beach
Automobile racing -- Florida -- Volusia County -- Daytona Beach
Qualifying Races for the Daytona 500, 1964
- Sixty-nine drivers compete for 50 spots in the 1964 Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach. Some drivers spin out or crash, and one car catches fire. Ford driver Tiny Lund wins the race and is greeted by his wife and Miss Firebird.
|Ski Champs in Action at Cypress Gardens, 1958||Ski Champs in Action at Cypress Gardens, 1958||Attractions -- Florida -- Polk County -- Winter Haven|
Skis and skiing
Performances (Entertainment events)
Ski Champs in Action at Cypress Gardens, 1958
- Professional skiers demonstrate tricks and jumps at Cypress Gardens. The skiers promote Cypress Gardens Skis. The narrator shares water safety tips and describes the composition of skis.
|State Senator Beth Johnson on Amendment 3, 1963||State Senator Beth Johnson on Amendment 3, 1963||Water conservation -- Florida|
Outdoor recreation -- Florida
Women legislators -- Florida
State Senator Beth Johnson on Amendment 3, 1963
- State Senator Beth Johnson urges voters to pass Amendment 3 to the Florida Constitution which designates land for recreation and water conservation purposes. She emphasizes the need for foresight on environmental issues, especially water conservation. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
|"The Miracle of Flowers" by the Florida Flower Association, ca. 1950||"The Miracle of Flowers" by the Florida Flower Association, ca. 1950||Agriculture|
Cut flower industry
Ornamental plant industry
"The Miracle of Flowers" by the Florida Flower Association, ca. 1950
- 1950 (circa)
- The video describes the flowers cultivated, graded, packaged and distributed in Florida, including gladioli, pompons and lilies. There are slow motion shots of the flowers in bloom, and footage of the process of cultivating flowers, from preparing the soil to cutting the flowers after full growth. Then the film focuses on the Florida Flower Association’s flower research and their role in distributing the state’s flowers in refrigerated trucks, trains and planes. The end of the film shows how people use flowers in their homes and businesses and during events, such as weddings and fashion shows.