Wakulla Springs High Diving

296314
Date
1945
Collection
Video
Video Details
2:37; color; silent; V-257; BA437
Description
This film includes excellent color footage of expert high divers diving from the tower platform at Wakulla Springs. Men and women dive off springboards mounted to the tower, performing a variety of diving techniques, including forward, reverse and twisting somersaults. The divers then move to the hi...

Don't Hold Your Breath

252997
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
5:00; color; sound; V-6 AA014; S. 828
Description
In this film, a mermaid at Weeki Wachee demonstrates breath control by diving to the bottom of the spring and performing a free ascent, holding her breath for a total of 2 minutes and 13 seconds. Sponsored by FDC.

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 i...
Video Details
10:51; color; silent; V-258; DA148

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

253276
Date
1963
Collection
Video
Description
This film is adapted from the movie "Twilight World." There is excellent underwater footage, including hard hat diving, two-hose scuba, a re-breather with full-face mask, a two-person sub, a diver propulsion vehicle, divers with an octopus, a moray eel, an underwater photographer, a Spanish wreck an...
Video Details
20:50; color; sound; V-38 CA040; S. 828

Wakulla Springs Scuba Diving

296301
Date
1977
Collection
Video
Description
This film includes beautiful color footage of divers descending into the Wakulla Springs cavern. Divers swim through deep, dark areas of the caves with their diving lights. Glass bottom boat tours pass overhead. Divers swim through eel grass and a hollowed out log on the bottom of the spring. Variou...
Video Details
24:10; color; silent; V-258; DA148

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”...
Video Details
6:20; color; silent; V-259; BA436

Beauty in the Deep

243138
Date
January 21, 1961
Collection
Video
Description
This film begins with a performance by the mermaids at Weeki Wachee. The narrator describes the control it takes for the performers to dive. There are also scenes of eating and drinking underwater.
Video Details
4:50; B&W; sound; V-125 AA211; S. 828

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 D...
Video Details
5:22; b&w; sound; V-107 AA090; S. 828

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, ...
Video Details
23:50; color; sound; V-57 DA001; S. 828

Earl LeRoy Saffer Miami Beach Home Movies

295838
Date
1926
Collection
Video
Description
Earl LeRoy Saffer was an entrepreneur and amateur pilot who, according to his granddaughter, "lived high" during the 1920s. In 1932, Saffer and his family moved from Miami to New York. The family narrowly escaped the 1926 hurricane, running from one building to another just before the first building...
Video Details
22:00; B&W; silent; V-256; BA438

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 open...

Hugh Downs for Florida

267768
Collection
Video
Video Details
15:25; B&W; sound; CA152; V-254
Description
This footage contains several clips of Hugh Downs promoting Florida on the Today Show. Downs opens with a reading of the day's temperatures in Florida, then discusses the wide variety of activities one can enjoy in the Sunshine State, including: fishing; boating; shuffleboard; skiing; rodeo; diving...
Type
Image

FLORIDA WATER SHOW

253123
Date
31-May-62
Collection
Video
Video Details
8:45; b&w; silent; V-226 BA335; S.828
Description
In this film, female swimmers demonstrate the graceful technique of synchronized swimming. One woman poses in a tiara and ruffled skirt. Before diving in, she removes her skirt but splashes around with her tiara in place. Several men perform fancy dives for an enthusiastic audience. There is also fo...

DIVERS AT WAKULLA SPRINGS

252989
Date
29-Apr-77
Collection
Video
Video Details
24:01; color; silent; V-158 WV-15
Description
This film shows divers in a cavern and near the lip at Wakulla Springs. Viewers see divers swim through the weeds, swim over the lip and swim through a sunken log. Schools of fish are shown. The divers in the cave swim along rocks on the bottom. This portion of the film is too dark. Viewers also see...

WATER SKIING IN SWIMMING POOL

253616
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
1:30; color; silent; V-53 AA094; S. 828
Description
A series of tricks are done on skis in a swimming pool. A winch winds the rope and pulls skiers the length of the pool. They take off from the high dive, ski on a disk and slalom.

MIAMI BEACH STORY

253321
Date
1951
Collection
Video
Video Details
18:16; b&w; silent; V-247 CA038; S. 828
Description
This film has aerial shots of Hotel Row, street scenes, houses and vegetation. The scenes of Miami Beach are contrasted with a couple of snow scenes from up north. Winston Churchill and HRH The Duke of Windsor arrive. The film shows horse and dog racing and a montage of neon signs. Viewers see schoo...

JOHNNY CARSON AT THE FLORIDA PAVILION

252931
Date
29-May-64
Collection
Video
Video Details
1:28; b&w; silent, V-234 AA490; S. 828
Description
Comedian Johnny Carson plays ball and scuba dives with the porpoises while touring the Florida Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.

LIGHTS CAMERA AND UNDERWATER ADVENTURE

253297
Date
1969
Collection
Video
Description
This film is a "Discovery 69" special produced by Jules Power Production. Program hosts Bill Owen and Virginia Gibson introduce Don Wren and his son Bobby. There are underwater scenes of the two handling and filming sharks, along with scenes of John Pennekamp State Park.
Video Details
23:15; color; sound; V-152 CA264; S. 828

THE PARK THAT WENT TO SEA

253378
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:22; color; sound; V-38 CA105; S. 828
Description
This film shows visitors all that is available at Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. There are many good underwater sequences of divers and fish. Viewers also see the statue "Christ of the Deep," which stands in 28 feet of water on a reef. Produced by Goodway Films of Fort Lauderdale; sponsored by Flo...

SOMETHING FISHY

253514
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:00; color; sound; V-66 CA073; S. 828
Description
"Narrated" by Big John Bass, this film has good underwater photography at Silver Springs. Viewers see ducks, turtles, mullet, snakes, alligators, scuba divers, jack fish and saltwater bass from underwater. The film also shows anhinga and monkeys. A diver uses a wet sub, and there are scenes of a fil...

SUMMER TRIPS

253535
Date
1947
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:15; silent; color; V-179 H-44
Description
This home movie begins with the filming of a passing train through a car window. Next are downtown scenes of Tarpon Springs, the waterfront and Greek sponge boats. The family boards one of the boats and goes out with the sponging crew. There are scenes of a diver suiting up in his diving outfit and ...

THE WORLD'S PLAYGROUND

253648
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:36; b&w; sound; V-56 BA082; S. 828
Description
This film starts with a title sequence over fireworks, then moves to aerials of Miami Beach hotels. It shows all the fun to be had, including great nightclub stage show sequences. It also shows the Orange Bowl, a hydroplane race, horse and dog races and Jai-Alai. The narrator says "scuba diving" at ...

GUIDED TOUR OF MIAMI BEACH

253223
Date
1956
Collection
Video
Video Details
15:30; color; sound; V-40 CA158; S. 828
Description
Two young ladies arrive from the Midwest on a DC-6 to vacation in Miami Beach. They rent a 1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible from Hertz. They tan and visit Parrot Jungle to see trained parrots and a flock of flamingoes. They visit the Miami Seaquarium. At the hotel, a man skis in the pool and there...

ODD OCCUPATIONS

253356
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
6:50; color; sound; V-116 BA011; S. 828
Description
William Crowell has been a boat guide at Silver Springs for 35 of his 62 years. Max Hooten hand clips eel grass. Jack McCretchen and Mike Mouse scrub the windows under glass-bottom boats while scuba diving. John Hamlin, "animal psychologist," simply feeds the animals at Weeki Wachee and Marylin Nage...

SUNSHINE HIGHLIGHTS AT THE WORLD'S FAIR

253540
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
5:40; b&w; sound; V-109 AA034; S. 828
Description
This film has scenes of the New York World's Fair grounds. It shows water skiers skiing from St. Petersburg to the fair. A model in a bathing suit visits the Alaska pavilion. Hawaiians are served orange juice at the Florida Pavilion and leave in an outrigger canoe. Viewers see flamingoes and gators....

WHEELS IN THE SUN

253630
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:45; b&w; sound; V-80 BA018; S. 828
Description
This film tells the story of Pinellas County breaking away from Hillsborough County and developing its own government, industry and style. There is a nice sequence of an old car and land sale, followed by scenes of diving in Tarpon Springs. The film also shows Clearwater, St. Petersburg and the Suns...

WONDERFUL WORLD OF WATER SPORTS

253647
Date
Late 1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:10; color; sound; V-106 CA015; S. 828
Description
This film describes swimming, sailing and skiing using footage of the ski show at the New York World's Fair. A short ski lesson is given at the World's Fair site. Then, surfers at Daytona are featured. Scuba diving is next and the divers see a mermaid from Weeki Wachee. When they get back to the boa...

Frank A. Turosik Wildlife Home Movies

296313
Date
1971
Collection
Video
Description
This is a series of short 16mm home movies shot by Ohio native and WWII veteran Frank Turosik during his travels through Florida in the early 1970s. Turosik's love of nature is obvious, as the majority of footage is of birds and other animals at wildlife refuges and nature trails. Film locations inc...
Video Details
20:18; color; silent; V-259; DA147

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