|Ross Allen Reptile Institute||Ross Allen Reptile Institute||Alligators|
Boats and boating
Ross Allen Reptile Institute
- 1960 (circa)
- This film shows how Ross Allen captures dangerous animals for the Ross Allen Reptile Institute at Silver Springs. Allen wrestles an alligator and then brings it to an enclosure. There is a tour of the Seminole Indian Village and footage of clothing and corn grinding. Francis Osceola wrestles an alligator. Linda Kennedy wears a boa constrictor, and a young boy chooses a snake to buy. Ross Allen and his son Tom then wrestle a 20-foot, 120-pound anaconda at Silver Springs to show how it's done, and then they return the snake to its enclosure. There is footage of other attractions at Silver Springs, including the Jungle Cruise down the Silver River, the Deer Ranch, the Carriage Cavalcade and the Prince of Peace Memorial by artist Paul Cunningham. Produced by Guided Tour Productions Inc.; sponsored by Silver Springs.
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- 1950 (circa)
- Paradise Park was a segregated African-American resort located about a mile down the Silver River from the popular Silver Springs attraction near Ocala, Florida. The park was developed by Carl Ray and W.M. "Shorty" Davidson, co-owners of Silver Springs for nearly four decades. Paradise Park opened May 20, 1949 and remained open until 1969. African-American families, tour buses and church groups came from all over Florida and the United States to visit the attraction. Amenities included a pavilion with a dance floor and jukebox, a swimming area with a sandy beach, tropical landscaping and space for softball and other games. Like its counterpart Silver Springs, Paradise Park featured glass-bottom boat tours that introduced visitors to the beauty of the Silver River. Easter egg hunts, baptisms and picnics were common, and at Christmas, Santa Claus would cruise down the river on a glass-bottom boat to pass out candy, nuts and fruit for young visitors. Herpetologist Ross Allen even set up a reptile exhibit at the park, similar to the one located upriver at Silver Springs.
Renowned underwater photographer Bruce Mozert filmed this promotional movie for Paradise Park, probably in the early 1950s. It opens with a shot of a sign directing motorists to the attraction, likely located at the intersection of Paradise Road (now NE 24th St.) and State Road 40. Scenes from the parking lot and picnic area come next, followed by footage from one of the park's annual Labor Day beauty contests. These competitions were sponsored by the American Legion and featured contestants from across the state. Toward the end of the contest footage, a Legion official presents the winners with their awards. The film then moves on to the glass bottom boats, including footage of the passengers' view into the clear waters of the Silver River. A young man and woman identified as Thomas and Lottie Donaldson swim to the sandy bottom with a sign that reads "Don't Miss Paradise Park." Bathers dive into the swimming area from a platform. The final scenes are from Ross Allen's reptile exhibit, where an assistant is shown feeding and herding alligators. Two assistants are then seen in a snake exhibit, one handing a snake to someone in the crowd.
The State Archives partnered with Department of Environmental Protection, the owners of the film, to preserve the original 16 mm film and digitize it. Archivists sought outside assistance and worked closely with the film restoration specialists at MediaPreserve, an Audio-Visual Laboratory in Pennsylvania to restore most of the film stock and create a digital reproduction of its contents.
- 1970 (circa)
- This film shows the Ocala-Marion County area with scenes of horse breeding farms, citrus groves and city buildings in Ocala. Viewers see Silver Springs; other tourist attractions; residences; and manufacturing of saw blades, mobile homes, and garments. There are school scenes, including cosmetology school and nursing school. The film ends with horse farm scenes. Sponsored by the Ocala-Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
|Outboard Outing, 1952||Outboard Outing, 1952||Boating|
Outboard Outing, 1952
- Nelson Marine Mart, Johnson Motors and Century Boats sponsored this film of the Jacksonville Boating Club's annual cruise from Eureka to Leesburg. One hundred sixteen cold-molded plywood boats go through locks at Moss Bluff and stop to picnic at Haines Creek. They assemble at Lake Harris before making their way to Leesburg. The commodore of the Jacksonville club receives the key to the city of Leesburg from the mayor at the end of the cruise. The film is made in home movie style with title cards and a painted main title on wood. Photography and editing by R. G. Teese.
|Odd Occupations ||Odd Occupations ||Attractions--Florida|
Glass bottom boats
Performing arts--Florida--Hernando County--Weeki Wachee
Springs--Florida--Hernando County--Weeki Wachee
Captive wild animals
- 1960 (circa)
- This film shows odd occupations at Florida's Silver Springs and Weeki Wachee Springs. At Silver Springs, William Crowell, senior glass-bottom boat captain, takes visitors on a tour down the Silver River. Max Hooten, underwater gardener, is then shown clipping eel grass in the spring. Jack McCurchen and Mike Mouse scrub the underwater windows of the glass-bottom boats while wearing scuba gear. The film them moves to Weeki Wachee Springs where John Hamlet, animal psychologist, feeds the animals during a tour on the Congo Belle. There is footage of the Otter-Torium and Snoball the heron. Finally, Marilyn Nagel, producer and trainer of the mermaids, choreographs a show from inside the underwater theater. This film ends abruptly.
|FLORIDA'S KINGDOM OF THE SUN ||FLORIDA'S KINGDOM OF THE SUN ||Attractions|
FLORIDA'S KINGDOM OF THE SUN
- This is a long version of AA046. Viewers see Marion County with Silver Springs (including Deer Ranch and Ross Allen Reptile Institute), which contains the Prince of Peace Memorial with its hand-carved dioramas. The film also shows Six-Gun Territory and Juniper Springs, with underwater photography of a fish biting a hook. Then, it shows citrus, cattle, horse farms and Rainbow Springs. Viewers see rattlesnake milking, hunting, skiing, glass-bottom boats, a gondola sky ride and a train. Produced by Guided Tours; sponsored by Marion County Board of County Commissioners.