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.
reptile exhibit at the park

Disney: Yesterday and Tomorrow

232421
Date
April 23, 1966
Collection
Video
Description
Governor Haydon Burns introduces our "new neighbor" Walt Disney. Uses clips from Disney TV and movies and scenes from the California park to introduce Florida to its newest theme park. Also uses scenes of Disney-created exhibits at the New York World's Fair. Shows color/sound footage of Orlando press conference announcing Disney World. Shows how Disneyland benefited Anaheim, California, economically. Includes testimonials in favor of Disney from Dick Pope of Cypress Gardens, Lamar Allen of the Florida Travel Council, William Johnson of FDC, Tom Pinta of Busch Gardens, and Leonard Hutchinson of Miracle Strip Council. Produced by FDC.
Video Details
13:30; color; sound; BA155
of Disney-created exhibits

Florida's Changing Face

253039
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:20; color; sound; V-11 CA068; S. 828
Description
This film is composed of a variety of scenes that answer the question, "What do you think of when you think of Florida?" It includes quick shots of Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle in spring training and Gene Krupa, Peter Lawford and Jimmy Durante in nightclub acts. It shows a collection of fine paintings and some pre-Columbian art at Gulf American Art Galleries. There are scenes of "the good life." Viewers also see the "Garden of Patriots" with bronze busts of famous Americans, and "Waltzing Waters," a colorful fountain. Produced by Guided Tours; sponsored by FDC and Travel Guild of America.
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Florida State University History (Part 1)

253108
Date
1975
Collection
Video
Description
Raw footage of Florida State University throughout 1975 featuring a swim meet at the Union Pool, FSU Flying High Circus students training and practicing, and scenes from the FSU Circus summer program for children. The video also shows 1975 Earth Day festivities on the FSU Union Green (keynote speaker R. Buckminster Fuller and guests Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky), a Black Student Union protest in front of Ruby Diamond, the crowning of FSU homecoming Princess Susan Kelbe and Chief Phil Barco, the Ringling Brothers Circus in Tallahassee, and an exhibit at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts.
Video Details
11:41; color; silent; V-133 CA252; S. 1239
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Porpoises Train for World's Fair

267716
Collection
Video
Description
This films shows the capture of porpoises by "scientist-fishermen" for the purpose of studying and training. Animal trainers are shown training porpoises to do tricks for the Florida Exhibit at the New York World's Fair. Viewers are encouraged to go see the porpoise show, produced by, "the fabulous Miami Seaquarium," at the Fair.
Video Details
03:20; B&W; sound; AA176; V-251
Type
Image
Exhibit at the New York World

Governor Bryant Press Conference

267697
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, Governor Farris Bryant answers questions at a press conference on topics including: the Florida Exhibition at the New York World's Fair; civil rights legislation; a scenic highway crossing Dade and Monroe Counties; the construction of I-75 between Georgia and Tampa; the St. Augustine race riots; and his opinion that enforcing civil rights laws is a federal, rather than a state, responsibility.
Video Details
21:19; B&W; sound; DA115; V-248
Type
Image
Exhibition at the New York World

ANNUAL FLORIDA PRODUCTS FESTIVAL

252878
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
4:40; b&w; silent; V-125 AA206; S. 828
Description
This film has scenes of visitors enjoying exhibits at the annual Florida Products Festival held in Orlando.
of visitors enjoying exhibits

MASTODON!

253317
Date
Mar-77
Collection
Video
Video Details
3:46; color; silent; V-185 AA345; S.1239
Description
This film shows a group of men assembling the Museum of Florida History's Mastodon exhibit. It includes several scenes that capture the reconstruction of the Mastodon skeleton. Produced by WFSU-TV.
exhibit. It includes several

ORLANDO PRODUCTS SHOW

253367
Date
1960s?
Collection
Video
Video Details
4:12; b&w; silent; V-116 AA207; S. 828
Description
This film features scenes of visitors enjoying exhibits at the Orlando Products Show.
exhibits at the Orlando Products

GOV. HAYDON BURNS PRESS CONFERENCE ON WORLD'S FAIR

253188
Date
4-Feb-65
Collection
Video
Video Details
26:50; b&w; sound; V-111 DA036; S. 828
Description
Gov. Burns announces the addition of an 8,000 seat, $20 million amphitheater to the Florida exhibit at the New York World's Fair. The amphitheater will be used to feature the water ski show and all aspects of Florida. Admission to the exhibit will be free to make up for poor attendance in 1964. Charles Campbell (FDC Chairman) describes the genesis of the new plan. Dick Pope (founder of Cypress Gardens and Chairman of the Florida Fair Commission) describes the benefits of the new show and how it will be done. Tommy Bartlett (producer of the show) and Dick Rowe (creator of the show) describe the show. Burns then tells where funding for this will originate and answers questions.
to the Florida exhibit at the New York

THE SUN GOES NORTH

253536
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Video Details
27:00; color; silent; V-73 DA016; S. 828
Description
This film describes the development of citrus in the New World with dioramas at a citrus exhibition. It describes the aspects of Florida that make it great for citrus. It shows farming, including frost prevention, fertilizing, irrigation, bud grafting and pesticide spraying. Then, it shows harvesting, processing and a sequence explaining why some oranges are artificially colored by showing a woman before and after putting on cosmetics. Viewers also see bottling, refrigeration, lab testing, canning and the machines that take a whole orange out of its skin. The film also shows making orange juice concentrate and pulp processing into dairy feed.
citrus exhibition

EDDIE BRACKEN AT FLORIDA PAVILION

252913
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Video Details
1:10; b&w; sound; V-101 AA109; S. 828
Description
Comedian Eddie Bracken enjoys the show at the Florida Pavilion in the New York World's Fair.
Exhibitions

FORT LAUDERDALE RODEO

253130
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
1:30; b&w; silent; V-13 AA049; S. 828
Description
In this film, children play, an "Indian Princess" is crowned, a man wrestles an alligator, and men ride horses and bulls.
Exhibitions

ARTON THE GOLD COAST

252883
Date
5/28/1964
Collection
Video
Video Details
3:20; b&w; sound; V-92 AA126; S.828
Description
This film shows Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach and the art show held there. The show is described as "a carnival of canvas to please the curious and the connoisseur." Produced by Tel-Air Interests; sponsored by FDC.
Exhibitions

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.
Exhibitions

FLORIDA AT THE FAIR

253036
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:00; color; sound; V-4 BA006; S. 828
Description
Gov. Farris Bryant introduces and narrates this film. It shows Florida's pavilion at the New York World's Fair, along with the acts and activities available there. Produced by FDC.
Exhibitions

ARTON THE MIRACLE STRIP

252884
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
4:50; b&w; sound; V-26 AA06; S. 828
Description
In this film, viewers enjoy the Pensacola Arts Festival by following Sue Scarborough, reigning Miss Citrus Queen. Viewers see a silhouette cutter, a sidewalk portrait painter and a seamstress. The modern artist has, "no beret, no smock and definitely no long hair." A wood carver with a chisel is shown. Produced by FDC.
Exhibitions

CRYSTAL RIVER NUCLEAR PLANT/ FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL UNIVERSITY ART SHOW

252965
Date
1980s
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:26; color; sound and silent; V-187 BA233; S. 1239
Description
This segment contains extensive silent footage of the interior of the plant. In a short interview, a plant administrator remarks on the history of the facility and on the construction of the plant. He discusses the advantages of nuclear power sources over those of fossil fuels, denoting American independence from foreign oil producers among them. Paintings from an art exhibit at Florida A&M University conclude the segment.
from an art exhibit

FLORIDA AT THE WORLD'S FAIR

253037
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Video Details
25:32; b&w; sound; V-226 DA118; S. 828
Description
This is kinescope footage of WTVJ-TV's "FYI" program filmed on location at the New York World's Fair Florida Pavilion construction site. According to the script, the pavilion will feature "pretty girls, orange juice, jumping porpoises and all the other wonderful things that represent Florida." There are interviews with Florida businessmen and officials involved in the World's Fair project. Produced by the Florida Development Commission and WTVJ-TV.
Exhibitions

FLORIDA CITRUS WATER SKI SHOW

253041
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
3:58; color; sound; V-30 AA067; S. 828
Description
Dick Pope appears briefly in this film showing the water ski show at the New York World's Fair. The skiers do tricks, ski barefoot and clown around. Boats jump a ramp in an oval shaped tank. The skiers were sponsored by the Florida Citrus Commission.
Exhibitions

GOV. FARRIS BRYANT PRESS CONFERENCE

253180
Date
17-Jul-64
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:15; b&w; sound, V-235 BA344; S. 828
Description
Gov. Bryant comments on attendance statistics for Florida Pavilion visitors at the World's Fair, civil unrest and racial tensions in St. Augustine, and his prediction for the 1964 national elections. There are several in-camera edits. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Exhibitions

NUMBER ONE AT THE FAIR

253354
Date
30-Jul-65
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:35; color; sound; V-76 CA071; S.828
Description
This is an excellent print of the Florida Pavilion at the New York World's Fair. Gov. Haydon Burns, Dick Pope (founder of Cypress Gardens), and Charles Campbell (Chairman of FDC) are there for the festivities, which include a ski show. Produced by FDC.
Exhibitions

THE OTHER FLORIDA

253370
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:45; color; sound; V-116 CA003; S. 828
Description
In this film, viewers see Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, including residences, fishing, surfing, golfing and orange groves. The film also shows the county fair, a beard-growing contest, the local library, schools, churches, museums, the art gallery, recreation areas, a Catholic folk mass, St. Lucie Museum, sailfish and fresh water fish. Produced by Hallmark International Releasing Group.
Exhibitions

GOV. HAYDON BURNS CABINET MEETING; RE: WORLD'S FAIR SKI SHOW SUCCESS

253187
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
29:55; b&w; sound; V-70 DA039; S. 828
Description
This Cabinet meeting with Gov. Burns includes mention of supplemental federal disaster relief to Florida of $1 million for hurricane damage. Charles Campbell (chairman of the FDC and the Executive Committee of New York World's Fair Authority) is introduced, as well as the rest of the World's Fair Authority and members of FDC (listed but not seen). Mr. Campbell tells how the Florida Exhibit was turned from a liability into an asset with the inclusion of the Florida Citrus Water Ski Show sponsored by Cypress Gardens and the Citrus Commission. An oversized check for $206,917 is presented to repay a state loan that helped bail out the Florida Pavilion. Dick Pope, dressed as Santa, presents the check. Gov. Burns thanks everyone and describes how the World's Fair, Citrus Commission, Legislature, Florida's four major electric utilities, the Cabinet and Minute Maid Orange Juice all helped. Each Cabinet member comments.
how the Florida Exhibit

GOV. FARRIS BRYANT PRESS CONFERENCE

253175
Date
30-Jan-64
Collection
Video
Video Details
19:40; b&w; sound; V-212 CA299; S. 828
Description
Gov. Bryant comments on the progress being made on the Florida Pavilion at the New York World's Fair, missile production in Florida, prohibition of smoking by minors, the Southern Governors' Conference, and the Florida Turnpike. At the end of the film, a French newswoman translates the governor's comments into French. Gov. Bryant presents her with a certificate of Florida citizenship. There are several in-camera edits throughout. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Exhibitions

SENATOR GEORGE SMATHERS REPORTS - POLARIS MISSILE PROGRAM

253479
Date
ca. 1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
4:30; b&w; sound; V-185 AA340; M89-17
Description
Sen. George Smathers introduces Admiral Hayward of the US Navy. Sen. Smathers mentions an approaching deadline for decision in the Berlin crisis. The Admiral exhibits a detailed scale model of the Navy's new Polaris Missile Submarine. He calls the submarine America's biggest deterrent against Russia. He also details the submarine's features and capabilities, clarifying that it is primarily an underwater vehicle. Produced by the Senate Recording Studios.
. The Admiral exhibits a detailed

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. Comedian Eddie Bracken goes to the show. Johnny Carson shows up and scuba dives with the porpoises.
Exhibitions

FLORIDA STATE FAIR AND GASPARILLA CELEBRATION

253097
Date
Feb-53
Collection
Video
Video Details
24:30; color; sound; V-7 DA003; S.828
Description
The 48th Annual Florida State Fair includes the Gasparilla Pirate Celebration in which men dress as pirates and sail into Tampa Bay. Parades, circus acts, produce displays, industry displays and livestock displays from all over the state are shown. Viewers see a car race and car stunts. The film also shows "Negro Day" with marching bands, track events and the presentation of the "Outstanding Negro of the Year Award." The 4-H Club is shown and Florida Secretary of Agriculture Nathan Mayo presents awards. Future Homemakers are shown making cookies. Cigar making is shown and a human cannonball flies. An underwater kitchen features a mermaid housewife. A parade features many floats and costumes. This is a wonderful Kodachrome film. Produced by Ball Productions of Miami; sponsored by the Florida State Advertising Commission and the Florida State Fair and Gasparilla Association.
Exhibitions

LAKE WALES- CROWN JEWEL OF SCENIC FLORIDA

253293
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
12:05; color; sound; V-207 BA323; S. 828
Description
This is a film promoting the tourist attractions, business opportunities and "fun in the sun" lifestyle of Lake Wales. Viewers see tourist attractions such as Mountain Lake Sanctuary, The Great Masterpiece (a towering copy of da Vinci's "Last Supper"), Casa De Josefina, Spook Hill and the skiers at Cypress Gardens. The film shows recreational activities, including shuffleboard, fishing, boating, water skiing, exhibition games at the New York Yankees' spring training camp and the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce Ladies Charm School. Weber College, Lake Wales ' public schools and a thriving citrus industry represent business and education possibilities. The latter is given the spotlight with a tour of the Donald Duck citrus plant. Produced by the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce.
, water skiing, exhibition

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