Florida Santa

253090
Date
19-Dec-63
Collection
Video
Description
A Florida Santa presents gifts to two young girls and their mother near a palm tree in Cypress Gardens. He then departs in a small boat loaded with presents. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
1:16; b&w; silent; V-234 AA496; S.828
Gardens in a small boat

Million Acre Playground

232446
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film depicts the work of the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District in maintaining the Everglades. There are lots of wildlife and recreational scenes. It includes airboats, deer hunting with hounds, duck hunting, frog gigging, fishing, camping and the Okeechobee Waterway Cross State Boat Cruise. Pedal steel guitars provide the film's background music.
Video Details
14:10; color; sound; V-28 CA129; S. 828
Boat Cruise. Pedal steel

Junior Sailing Regatta

246474
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film is footage of a sailing regatta in the Gulf of Mexico. The Junior Yacht Club (under 18 years of age) is featured in this film. The film shows two boys in the St. Petersburg area on the beach enjoying horseshoe crabs, roasting oysters and boating in a cypress swamp. The film ends with scenes of river wildlife.
Video Details
1950s / 3:00; B&W; sound; V-168 S. 828
true

Silversides the Tarpon

253506
Date
Late 1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
8:30; color; sound; V-43 BA008; S. 828
Description
This film shows tarpon fishing near Islamorada from a small outboard boat. The fish are magnificent. The editing is rough and the narration by the filmmaker is "home movie" style. It has wonderful photography, including a glimpse of a great white shark. Produced by E.W. Dutton.
small outboard boat. The fish

Suwannee Holiday

253547
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
<p>This film follows a Florida family on a boat trip excursion up the scenic Suwannee River. The vacationers start their journey at Cedar Key and stop along the way at several scenic spots, including Manatee Springs State Park, Fanning Springs and Rock Bluff Springs. They also view several sunken riverboats, including the <em>Senator Robert L. Ulee</em> and the <em>City of Hawkinsville</em>, as well as the <em>Richmond</em>, a sunken Confederate gunboat. Their trip ends at the Stephen Foster Memorial in White Springs, where they visit the museum and enjoy a ride on the <em>Belle of the Suwannee</em>, a small-scale riverboat for park visitors. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.</p>
Video Details
14:26; color; sound; V-192 FLCA001; S. 1579; Media 1979-7
true

Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs Scuba Diving

296308
Date
1973
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows two men motoring down the Wakulla River, towing a camera person in a smaller boat. Footage shows wildlife along the river, including anhingas, limpkins, egrets, alligators and turtles. A giant hornet nest hangs high up in a tree. Underwater footage in the shallow areas of the river includes a shot of a turtle as it dives into the water to make its escape. The men in the boats make their way down to a fence that Ed Ball erected to block access up river to Wakulla Springs. A man near County Road 365, next to a bridge and boat ramp, points out trash and debris left behind in the area. Next, the film moves to scuba diving scenes at the cavern entrance to the springs. Divers with lights descend and enter the cavern. Once inside, they measure a mastodon bone. The footage shows them swimming near underwater pipes. An overhead shot shows a glass bottom boat filled with tourists snapping pictures of the divers. Various fish, including largemouth bass, Florida gar, mullet and American eel, swim through the water.
Video Details
10:51; color; silent; V-258; DA148
true

Riverboats

253421
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Description
<p>A retired riverboat pilot sits on his front porch and talks about the old riverboat days, including his experience on the <em>City Eufaula</em>, the <em>Callahan</em> and the <em>Chipola</em>.&nbsp;He describes the different parts of a riverboat using a large replica of the <em>City Eufuala</em>. He also mentions the <em>Mary</em>, a boat that he operated with his father and brothers on the Apalachicola River. Produced by WFSU-TV.</p>
Video Details
11:01; color; sound, V-243 BA370; S.1239
>Mary, a boat that he operated

County with a Future

252963
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film gives viewers a look around Putnam County , showing recreation, scenery, residences, festivals, schools, public buildings, downtown, shopping and the courthouse ground-breaking ceremony. Viewers see potatoes, flowers, cattle and poultry. Other scenes include the St. Johns River, trains, the airport, the paper and wood industries, fishing, football, a boat race, Ravine Gardens State Park, Cross Florida Barge Canal and a rodeo. Produced by Hallmark International Releasing Group; sponsored by the Board of Commissioners of Putnam County.
Video Details
13:25;color; sound; V-15 BA080; S. 828
true

Florida's Water Wonderland

253124
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:25; b&w; sound, V-244 CA285; S. 828
Description
This film spotlights the attractions of Panama City, Florida and Bay County with a special emphasis on water, "the unifying thread between industry and recreation." Recreational activities such as boating, fishing and amusement parks precede a brief overview of Panama City's business and manufacturing industries. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
true

Luna Plantation

243140
Date
ca. 1940s
Collection
Video
Description
This film has beautiful footage of the Luna Plantation in Leon County. This footage is composed of four combined short films. There are scenes showing: quail hunting; people on the plantation steps; a woman taking photographs; plowing with a sit-down plow; two children playing with a wagon/stroller apparatus; a picnic in the woods; people aboard a ship; playing tennis; boating; and an African-American man poling a boat.
Video Details
13:00; B&W; silent; V-149 M88-08
tennis; boating

The Gold Rush

253153
Date
1963
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:00; color; sound; V-16 CA007; S. 828
Description
This film shows the Gold Coast Marathon, a powerboat race from Miami to West Palm Beach and back. Viewers see pit crews at Pelican Harbor Yacht Club and aerial shots of the race. Twelve-year-old Rosemary Bennett, the youngest female racer, and restaurateur/racer Mike Gordon are shown. Richard Steffens Jr. wins both legs of the race. Produced by FDC; sponsored by FDC and Miami Metro News Bureau.
true

Wakulla Springs Military Training and Underwater Explosions

296311
Date
1942
Collection
Video
Description
This film includes shots of underwater explosions in the Wakulla River and Springs. Armed troops patrol through the woods. In the water, promoter and expert swimmer Newt Perry holds up large roots and stumps apparently dislodged by the explosions. The film shows a young man using a small movie camera. A GMC DUKW amphibious vehicle, or "Duck,” with troops on board moves through the springs, emerges on land and goes back into the water. A Wakulla Springs tour boat is in the distance. The film includes underwater footage of the Duck.
Video Details
6:46; color; silent; V-258; BA437
and driving "duck boat" around

Florida Gulf Coast Holiday

253062
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film begins in Pensacola. Viewers see Fort Pickens, Blue Angels and the Naval Air Station. The film moves to Panama City, where viewers see people frolicking in the surf and teens with a guitar. In Tallahassee, the film shows Apalachee Parkway toward the Old Capitol, FSU and Killearn Gardens State Park (now Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park). Viewers see Rainbow Springs' "submarine boats" and Weeki Wachee. At Tarpon Springs, a diver puts on a suit and jumps in. Also shown are Tampa Bay hotels, fishing party boats, tarpon fishing, horse and dog races, jai-alai, baseball spring training, golf, boating and skiing. The film also shows Cypress Gardens, Busch Gardens, Sarasota's Horn's Cars of Yesterday and Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Viewers see the Ringling Brothers Circus in Venice, the Edison Home in Fort Myers and the Caribbean Gardens in Naples. Produced by Beckley Films and FDC; sponsored by Eastern Airlines and FDC.
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-12 CA028; S.828
true

Holiday on Wheels

253236
Date
Early 1970s
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, singer Gordon MacRae tours Florida in a recreational vehicle. He visits the Keys, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Everglades National Park, Naples, Tarpon Springs, the <em>HMS Bounty</em> replica and Cypress Gardens (where he meets Dick Pope). The film shows the Sunshine Skyway, an airboat ride, a glass-bottom boat, sponge diving, tarpon fishing, boating, scuba, skiing and hang gliding. Produced by Hollywood Newsreel Syndicate Inc.; sponsored by Trailer Life Publishing Co.
Video Details
23:50; color; sound; V-57 DA001; S. 828
true

Rey and Jerry Wood Canoeing the Wakulla River

296312
Date
1940
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows a couple paddling what appears to be a homemade boat or canoe. According to the film’s intertitles, the couple is Rey and Jerry Wood, “two youthful adventurers paddling their way from California to New York City.” The film shows the pair paddling through the “scenic jungle” of the Wakulla River and into Wakulla Springs. Promoter and expert swimmer Newt Perry dives from a high platform into the spring. He swims to the boat and invites Jerry to take a dip. Jerry removes his pants to reveal a bathing suit and dives in. Newt Perry offers Jerry his diving mask, and they take turns going under water until Jerry returns to the boat, giving thanks and waving goodbye. Rey and Jerry paddle back onto the river and through lush, tree-canopied areas. Jerry smokes his pipe as they paddle through swampy grasses. The last intertitle reads, “They reluctantly paddle down the river to the gulf and more adventure carrying with them plenty of material for a chapter on the Wakulla Springs in their new book.”
Video Details
6:20; color; silent; V-259; BA436
true

Lemon Sun

267741
Collection
Video
Description
This film features highlights of the Ft. Myers/Lee County area as an attractive place to live and play. A full day is covered, showing workers beginning their day as the sun rises. As the day progresses, a variety of activities are shown, including: boating, golfing, skiing, playing at the beach, horseback riding and tennis. City buildings and residential areas are shown as well. As night falls, Ft. Myers night life is depicted, featuring: shopping, dining, dancing and music. (Note: the sound goes out for approximately 50 seconds during these night time scenes). Produced by Charles Fuller Productions, for Ft. Myers-Lee County Chamber of Commerce.
Video Details
17:42; color; sound; CA060; V-251
Boats

A Very Special Place

232417
Date
ca. 1969
Collection
Video
Description
Anita Bryant and her husband go fishing off Marathon in the Keys. She puts on her makeup while hooks are baited. Throughout the film, they drink Coca-Cola and she pitches Tupperware. She lands a tarpon. The film shows Seven Mile Bridge. Produced by Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
13:10; color; sound; BA091, S. 828
Boating

Beach Ball Holiday

252890
Date
mid 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film focuses on enjoying the sun and water in Fort Lauderdale . It includes aerials of the coast, hotels and a marlin fishing tournament. Produced by Guided Tours; sponsored by FDC and City of Fort Lauderdale.
Video Details
13:20; b&w; sound; V-17 CA004; S. 828
Boating

Sailfish City

253423
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film is about fishing for sailfish off Fort Pierce. It shows how to use mullet for bait. There is lots of action as sailfish are caught. Produced by the Florida State Advertising Commission and Russell-Barton Film Co.
Video Details
12:25; b&w; sound; V-67 BA060; S. 828
Boating

The Adventures of X-14

232407
Date
ca. 1965
Collection
Video
Description
An alien from space lands in St. Petersburg Beach and assumes the form of a kitten. In its travels the alien sees beaches, homes, water skiers, a marina, Criswell's Money Museum, the London Wax Museum, the Aquatarium, the fishing pier, and fishing party boats. The alien then becomes a pelican, gets a free meal, and flies around to see aerials of the area. The community center and an art show at the Suntan Art Center are shown. Fort DeSoto Park, motels, restaurants, golf, and more boating are next, with the filmmaker, Bill Beckley, driving a powerboat. The alien decides to stay and assumes the form of a porpoise at the Aquatarium. This film was produced by Bill Beckley for the Florida Development Commission and the St. Petersburg Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; CA058, s.828
, and fishing party boats. The alien

Coral Gables: The Global City of the Future

252961
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Description
This film starts with a man navigating his yacht through a typical Coral Gables neighborhood with large houses on canals, swimming pools and docked boats behind each. He gets home, greets the kids, has a quick shower, gives the wife a peck on the lips, and then he is on a jet to Paris. The host/narrator then pitches his neighborhood from the streets of Paris. He continues the narration from London, Latin America and New York City, and then returns home. Then, various CEOs tell why they and their companies moved to Coral Gables. Throughout, the film shows scenes of "the good life," education, industry, culture and entertainment. Produced by Associated Filmmakers International.
Video Details
15:06; color; sound; V-14 CA063; S. 828
true

Region with a Record

253416
Date
Early 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film provides a look at Polk County, showing citrus groves and processing, Bok Tower, the Great Masterpiece and Cypress Gardens. Next, the tourist "family" the film is following visits a phosphate mine and they back their convertible into a dragline bucket to convey the size. Viewers see mining underway and the family hunts fossils in debris piles. An "unusual scenic attraction" is Sand Mountain, a phosphate debris pile. Next is a cattle farm, Florida Southern College, and its Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. Recreation includes skiing, boating and fishing. Produced by Sanborn Film Productions; sponsored by Polk County Chamber of Commerce.
Video Details
13:18; b&w; sound; V-84 BA130; S. 828
true

Snowman’s Holiday

253512
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Description
This might be one of the silliest concepts ever filmed. A snowman and snowwoman visit Miami. They fish, visit the Miami Seaquarium, watch alligator wrestling at Tropical Gardens, see cobra milking at the Miami Serpentarium, monkeys at Monkey Jungle, Vizcaya, the Torch of Friendship, and Parrot Jungle. They go to Hialeah for horse races, dog races, and jai-alai. They also see Bob Hope, Robert Goulet and Ed Sullivan on a golf course, watch football at the Orange Bowl, and attend a powerboat race. At the end of the film, the snow people have melted on the beach. Produced by Miami Metro News Bureau.
Video Details
14:00; b&w; sound; V-65 CA081; S. 828
Boating

Wakulla Springs Promotional Comedy

296315
Date
1940
Collection
Video
Description
This film appears to show the making of a short promotional comedy for Wakulla Springs. The film begins with shots of a motion picture cameraman along with two young men in bathing suits on one of the Wakulla Springs swimming platforms with swimmers on the beach behind them. The cameraman switches lenses and begins filming a comical fisherman in a small row boat. The fisherman reels in a fish and takes a drink from a beer or whiskey bottle. The cameraman appears onscreen again before the film cuts back to the fisherman, who is frustrated after reeling in a banana. The film cuts to a group of young men and women having an underwater picnic, complete with picnic basket, blanket, umbrella and campfire. One young man chops firewood. The film cuts to the fisherman, who turns in his boat to see smoke coming from the top of the water. Frightened, the fisherman quickly rows away. The film ends with title cards that read “Good-bye – see you in Florida” and “When in Florida don’t forget to go to Wakulla Springs and see ‘HENRY’ the famous pole vaulting fish.”
Video Details
2:14; color; silent; V-259; BA436a
true

Paradise Park

273952
Collection
Video
Video Details
4:30; B&W; silent
Description
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.
-bottom boat tours that introduced

Florida: First and Last Frontier

232447
Date
1976
Collection
Video
Description
This film presents a visual history of Florida, using costumed actors to recreate scenes with conquistadors, soldiers, smiths, a weaver and Mark Twain. It also uses LeMoyne drawings and archival photos. One scene is filmed in Wakulla Springs Lodge. Other scenes show a launch at Cape Canaveral followed by a "sun and fun" sequence. The film ends with scenes of family camping and boating as credits roll. Produced by Peter Barton Productions; sponsored by Bicentennial Commission of Florida.
Video Details
13:45; color; sound; V-24 CA036; S. 828
and boating as credits roll

Florida Fishcapade

232453
Date
ca. 1964
Collection
Video
Description
The film begins with a family in an inboard motorboat leaving a dock on the Homosassa River to go fishing, with the Florida Marine Patrol giving advice and checking safety gear. The family fishes, skies, picnics, goes to Marco Pass and sees college boys fishing. The film also includes footage of Miami; Cape Canaveral, where the family sees a missile tracking ship and a Polaris Submarine; shark fishing; and a diver at Marineland feeding fish. The film's sound is muddy. Produced by Mercury Productions; sponsored by Kiekhaefer Mercury.
Video Details
13:30; color; sound; V-24 CA034; S. 828
Boating

Tarpon Springs Epiphany

253558
Date
early 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows the Epiphany Celebration in Tarpon Springs, including the blessing of the fleet and boys diving for a gold cross. Greek folk dancing is shown as the theme from “Never on a Sunday” plays in the soundtrack. Governor Farris Bryant speaks at the celebration. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
5:22; b&w; sound; V-107 AA090; S. 828
Boats

The Bathing Beach at Silver Springs

232456
Date
1961
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows the beach at Silver Springs, a group of high school girls performing synchronized swimming, and a busload of students from the University of Florida arriving to practice their water show. A film crew makes a Coca-Cola commercial showing a model drinking a Coke underwater. Then, a Jantzen bathing suit commercial is filmed. The film also shows a boat tour, the Prince of Peace Memorial, Bartlett's Deer Ranch, and the Carriage Cavalcade. Produced by Guided Tours; sponsored by Silver Springs.
Video Details
13:15; color; sound; V-95 BA157; S. 828
boat tour, the Prince

Japanese Governors Visit Florida

253273
Date
18-May-64
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, Gov. and First Lady Bryant greet 10 Japanese governors and their wives as they arrive at Tallahassee Municipal Airport. There is a large welcome ceremony at the Governor's Mansion. Later, the governors tour the Capitol, Supreme Court and Tallahassee Junior Museum. They are also seen visiting the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, boating in Fort Lauderdale and visiting the Seaquarium. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
12:52; b&w; silent, V-235 BA343; S. 828
Museum in Sarasota, boating

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