Buccaneer Conquest

252919
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows the Gasparilla Celebration, which began in 1904, as it was done in the 1950s. The pirates invade and a wonderfully colorful event follows. Businessmen are made up as pirates and lose all inhibitions as they participate in the parades and pageants. Emmett Kelly, as Weary Willie, appears in the film and an amphibious tank escorts the ship into the harbor. A high-wire artist walks between the ship's masts. This was filmed in Kodachrome.
Video Details
27:00; color; sound; V-98 DA058; S. 828
Gasparilla Festival

Fabulous Florida

267702
Collection
Video
Description
This film offers a narrated tour of Florida, highlighting the North, Central and Southern regions. It features shots of: St. Augustine; Tallahassee; Jacksonville; Daytona Beach; Tampa; St. Petersburg; Palm Beach; Ft. Lauderdale; Miami Beach and Key West. The attractions mentioned include: Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center; Silver Springs; Rainbow Springs; Miami Seaquarium; Marineland; the Citrus Tower; Bok Tower; Cypress Gardens; Gasparilla Festival; Skyway Bridge; Ringling Art Museum; Everglades National Park and the Overseas Highway. The film also features Seminole Indian culture, Florida agriculture and the citrus industry. Produced by John Bramby for Humble Oil and Refining Company.
Video Details
28:17; color; sound; DA145; V-250
Type
Image
Gasparilla Festival

GASPARILLA FESTIVAL I

253146
Date
1928
Collection
Video
Video Details
8:48; b&w; silent; V-176
Description
This home movie is a production of the Howell family in Tampa, Florida. The title card for this film says "Landing of the Pirate Krew of Gasparilla." It begins with a young boy playing pirate, and then moves to the Gasparilla Festival in Tampa. There are scenes involving a variety of boats and ships in Tampa Bay and many pirates. Downtown parade scenes follow. This is good quality early footage.
Gasparilla Festival

GASPARILLA FESTIVAL II

253147
Date
1929, 1947
Collection
Video
Video Details
7:40; b&w; silent; V-176
Description
This is another home movie with Gasparilla Festival footage. The focus is on Tampa Bay and the boats. Scenes include the Tampa Yacht and Country Club; Houton Wall's schooner, Halagonian; the schooner Rambler; and scenes of the Tampa shoreline, including the Tampa Bay Hotel.
Gasparilla Festival

BUCCANEER CONQUEST OF TAMPA

252918
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:02; color; sound; V-21 BA069; S. 828
Description
In this film, "pirates" capture hostages, hoist a jolly roger and start the Gasparilla Celebration in Tampa. Viewers see "pirates" being made up. Some attack the Goodyear Blimp and the rest ride into town aboard the three-masted ship Jose Gaspar. There is a parade and the crowning of the new "King Gasparilla." Produced by Creative Film and Sound.
Gasparilla Festival

GASPARILLA DAY - COLER

253145
Date
Feb-53
Collection
Video
Video Details
8:35; b&w; silent; V-102 BA013; S. 828
Description
This film has scenes of "pirates" getting ready for the civic celebration, shots of the pirates turning their guns over to authorities, a man with trained tigers, and a couple of circus performers entering a cannon barrel and being shot into the air. There are several shots of young ladies on parade floats and in costume and shots of the decorated "pirate" ship with no pirates aboard. This material seems to be outtakes from DA003 Fl, "State Fair & Gasparilla Celebration." "Coler" was the title on the can. It may be the photographer's name.
Gasparilla Festival

FLORIDA: SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW

253094
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-9 CA135; S.828
Description
This film shows many forms of transportation through the years. It then shows St. Augustine, Pensacola, Fort Pickens, Pensacola Beach, Panama City Beach, Florida Caverns, the Old Capitol, Killearn Gardens, Jacksonville, Fort Clinch in Fernandina, Orlando, Bok Tower, beach buggies on Daytona Beach and car races at the speedway, a launch at Cape Canaveral, fishing for sailfish, Tampa Bay Hotel, the Gasparilla Festival, Sunshine Skyway, Ringling Art Museum, Asolo Theater, Miami and the Keys. It uses old photos throughout. Produced by Leroy Crooks; sponsored by FDC.
Gasparilla Festival

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.
Gasparilla Festival

HAINES CITY HIGH SCHOOL BAND

253227
Date
1957
Collection
Video
Video Details
26:30; color; sound; V-108 DA050; S. 828
Description
This film shows how the Haines City High School Band came to fame and recognition. It takes the viewer to the Conn Instrument Company in Elkhart, Indiana to see brass horn manufacturing, including electronic testing, casting and assembly. The town of Haines City goes all out to raise money for uniforms for the band and glee club by selling light bulbs. One bulb buyer is a citrus company, which provides a chance to see citrus processing, including using pulp for cattle feed. The uniforms arrive and the band plays at the Gasparilla Festival in Tampa. When the band is invited to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in 1956, fundraising projects begin again. A send-off party is held at Cypress Gardens and everyone loads up in buses for the trip to DC The band plays on the Capitol steps, sees sights including the White House and Mt. Vernon, and returns home to a police escort into town. This is a great story. This was filmed in Kodachrome.
Gasparilla Festival

Florida Commercials

253042
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
0:45 each; b&w; silent; V-11 BA041; S. 828
Description
This is a group of 11 Florida commercials that show a wide variety of Florida fun in the sun. They include: fishing of all kinds; water skiing; golf, swimming; scuba; St. Augustine; Seminoles; Gamble Mansion; the Capitol; parrots; gator wrestling; jumping dolphins; Silver Springs; Cypress Gardens; picnicking; horses; dog and car racing; Jai-alai; conquistadors landing; and Gasparilla "pirate invasion." Next is poolside fun; an entire family water skiing; a child and dog skiing; shell collecting; shell art; and animals. Produced by Louis Benito Agency; writing on leader said "NBC News, Today Show, 1958."
Gasparilla Festival

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