Florida's Canal Main Street

245871
Date
Mid-1960s
Collection
Video
Description
Gov. Haydon Burns introduces this film describing the reasons, location and other details of the Cross Florida Barge Canal. The canal was being built at the time the film was made. The film has illustrations showing proposed design, testimony by the geologist, sequences of Florida industry, footage of flooding in March 1960 and an enemy submarine threat sequence. President Johnson sets off the first blast in construction. Produced by Leroy Crooks; sponsored by FDC and the Canal Authority of Florida.
Video Details
15:00; color; sound; V-11 CA006; S. 828
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Research: The Common Denominator

253417
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
Rod Serling of the "Twilight Zone" television series hosts this look at developments in transportation technology. Hollywood science fiction-style music accompanies an overview of roadway research in which "break-away" signage, hologram highway markers, GPS highway navigation prototypes, crash dummies and crash simulators all make an appearance. The film addresses new methods in highway design, planning and construction in urban and rural settings. Produced by the US Highway Research Board.
Video Details
25:30; color; sound; V-206 DA084; S. 828
true

FLORIDA'S WHITE GOLD

253125
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:50; color; sound; V-111 CA234; S. 828
Description
This film tells us about crushed stone and sand and how these materials are used in concrete and water filtration. It shows limestone mining, construction, and many scenes of cities and roads in Florida.
Infrastructure

HIGHWAY AERIALS AND TRAFFIC JAMS

253233
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
3:20; color; silent; V-28 AA027; S. 828
Description
This film is a series of bumpy aerials showing highways, toll booths and bridge interchanges. There are several shots of backed-up traffic (locations unknown). The cars all date in the 1950s.
Infrastructure

TRAFFIC

253578
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:25; color; silent; V-118 BA022; S. 828
Description
This film has scenes of highway construction including an overpass. Then, there are scenes of cars backed up at a busy intersection and on a roadway. Construction machinery includes bulldozers and a drag-line. One street sign says "Jacksonville City Limit."
Infrastructure

TRAIN CRASH

253579
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
10:08; color; silent; V-179 H-34
Description
This is film footage of the aftermath of an Atlantic Coast Line crash at Six Mile Creek. It shows burning wreckage with people crowded around.
Infrastructure

CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES OF THE FLORIDA STATE ROAD DEPT NO. 1

252959
Date
Late 1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
34:46; color; silent; V-91 EA001; P84-048
Description
This film shows road building in Florida , including land clearing, drainage digging, pipe laying, grading, curb construction , limestone quarrying, tar spraying and asphalt laying. See BA156. Produced by Florida State Road Department.
Infrastructure

CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES OF THE FLORIDA STATE ROAD DEPT NO. 2

252960
Date
Late 1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
7:55; color; silent; V-101 BA156; P84-048
Description
This film is a continuation of EA001, and shows more road construction . It includes concrete pouring and finished roads with traffic. Produced by the Florida State Road Department.
Infrastructure

FABRICATION OF BRIDGE SECTIONS

253012
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
21:03; color; silent; V-113 CA251; P84-048
Description
This is footage of the techniques involved in road and bridge construction, showing how cylindrical concrete supports and highway overpass sections are made. The parts are placed on barges and floated to the construction site. Then, the supports are pounded into the ocean floor. Afterwards, slabs are placed on top of the supports.
Infrastructure

PORT EVERGLADES

253391
Date
Late 1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
15:35; color; sound; V-105 CA197; S. 828
Description
Great aerials of the dock area and scenes of cargo and cruise ships are included in this 1950s look at Port Everglades. Viewers see lumber, cement, steel and autos unloaded. The film also shows petroleum tankers and tank farms, the electric plant and warehouses.
Infrastructure

SENATOR GEORGE SMATHERS REPORTS - RAILROADS

253483
Date
ca. 1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
3:58; b&w; sound; V-184 AA331; M89-17
Description
Sen. George Smathers reports on the poor condition of America's railroad transportation system and the government's attempts to help stabilize it. Produced by the Senate Recording Studios.
Infrastructure

BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION

252914
Date
Early 1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:35; color; sound; V-21 BA025; P84-048
Description
This film shows steel being formed at Henry Corporation in Rattlesnake, where precast concrete slabs are being made for the lower Tampa Bay Bridge. The concrete is poured into a slab as jazz piano music plays on the soundtrack. The slabs are lifted onto a barge and stacked, then put into place on the bridge. Next is a draw-section of the bridge moving from land to the barge and from the barge to position on the bridge. Many laborers are seen.
Infrastructure

FLORIDA'S TURNPIKE

253122
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:00; color; sound; V-1 BA023; S. 828
Description
This film tells how Florida's Turnpike was developed. Scenes of the Florida interior and Miami Beach are included. It features Florida Highway Patrol Troop K, motorist assistance and rest stop facilities. It tells how the turnpike is a major commercial facility for produce. The film shows Department of Transportation plans for new facilities along the turnpike. Produced by Robert R. Favorite Productions; sponsored by Florida Department of Transportation.
Infrastructure

GARBAGE AND REFUSE HANDLING

253142
Date
14-Jul-78
Collection
Video
Video Details
15:05; color; silent; V-75 CA192; S. 828
Description
This film shows a bulldozer pushing garbage in a landfill and garbage trucks. There are aerials of the new Capitol and the old Capitol prior to restoration. There is a posed scene of a man dumping barrels of toxic waste near a dirt road. Viewers see residential garbage pickup, a Reynolds Aluminum recycling station in a tractor-trailer truck and recycling bins in a shopping center parking lot. Produced by R.C. Rackham; sponsored by Florida Department of Environmental Regulation.
Infrastructure

GOV. FARRIS BRYANT HIGHWAY PROGRAM STATEMENTS

253169
Date
Jan-64
Collection
Video
Video Details
5:16; b&w; sound; V-219 AA451; S. 828
Description
Gov. Bryant praises the success of the Florida Turnpike Authority upon the opening of the completed Sunshine State Parkway. He also comments on the upcoming commemoration activities for I-75 and plans to expand Florida's "attractive and modern" highway system to benefit from its implementation. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Infrastructure

MOVING AHEAD

253337
Date
11-May-78
Collection
Video
Video Details
18:22; color; optical; V-207 CA281
Description
This film briefly summarizes the changes to the Florida Department of Transportation following the Florida constitutional reorganization. It offers a detailed study of how the department accesses transportation needs, plans and designs new roadways, conducts environmental and civic impact studies, and constructs transportation corridors. The film touches on the distribution of tax revenue for transportation and rapid transit developments in the state. Produced by the Florida Department of Transportation and Barton Film Company.
Infrastructure

THE MOVING CHALLENGE

253338
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Video Details
15:15; color; sound; V-206 CA283; S. 828
Description
This film emphasizes the Florida Department of Transportation's role in shaping Florida's future. It details the department's responsibilities, especially the integration of the entire transportation matrix: air, rail, ship and auto. Futuristic transportation devices such as a fan-propelled high speed train prototype, the Sikorsky "turbo train," commuter jet boats and inner city helicopter connections are introduced as exciting possibilities in years to come. The film ends with a speech from US Transportation Secretary John Volpe. Produced by Goodway Films.
Infrastructure

OUT OF A WILDERNESS

253372
Date
21-Apr-67
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:17; color; sound, V-240 CA291
Description
This film follows the Florida Power and Light Company's conversion of Turkey Point from "a barren wasteland of mangroves and mud" into a beautiful wildlife sanctuary and recreation center complete with a power plant and two nuclear reactors. It shows the construction of the power plant, its reactor, the Boy and Girls Scout camps using wood displaced by Hurricane Betsy, Boy and Girl Scouts enjoying the park, and footage of US Air Force Water Survival training exercises. Produced by the Florida Department of Natural Resources.
Infrastructure

PLEASANT PORT EVERGLADES

253386
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:10; color; sound; V-49 CA107; S. 828
Description
This film tells all about Port Everglades. It shows the types of shipping, dock facilities, warehouse and storage areas available at the port. Ships included are cruise liners, US Navy ships, a three-masted tall ship and the first commercial nuclear-powered ship (the Savannah ). Viewers also see an emergency "scramble" to put out a trash fire and demonstrate their efficiency. Produced by Fletcher Smith Studios of Fort Lauderdale; sponsored by the Port Authority.
Infrastructure

RADIOACTIVE CARGO: FSU

253414
Date
Mid 1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:00; b&w; both silent and sound; V-64 BA102; S. 1239
Description
The first several minutes of this film are construction scenes. Viewers see Florida Hall and Tully Gym at FSU. Then, a two-engine prop National Airlines plane arrives and a wooden box marked "radioactive" is unloaded and put in the trunk of a car. The box is taken out of the trunk and opened by a man wearing a lab coat and gloves. He opens a small sphere, takes out an object with tweezers and holds it near a Geiger counter. Then, three men work at a lab bench using tweezers and jars.
Infrastructure

SEABOARD COASTLINE RAILROAD FREIGHT TRAIN RIDE

253435
Date
28-Jan-76
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:16; color; silent and sound; V-190 BA285; S.1239
Description
A brakeman sets up cars and links them up to a train. The camera films the engineer and crew in the engine, as well as the landscape rolling by. The train drops cars in a siding and takes off again before stopping at the Tallahassee depot. Produced by WFSU-TV.
Infrastructure

SENATOR GEORGE SMATHERS REPORTS - FLORIDA BARGE CANAL/ CUBA

253459
Date
ca. 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
Sen. George Smathers comments on the construction of the Florida Barge Canal and a groundbreaking ceremony in Jacksonville attended by President Lyndon Johnson. He mentions the Florida East Coast Railway strike. He also comments on an international ban on trade with Cuba. Produced by the Senate Recording Studios.
Video Details
4:37; b&w; sound; V-180 AA288; M89-17
Infrastructure

SENATOR GEORGE SMATHERS REPORTS - HOUSING AND AIRPORTS

253466
Date
ca. 1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
4:45; b&w; sound; V-184 AA339; M89-17
Description
Sen. George Smathers explains why he voted in favor of recent housing and airport construction legislation. Smathers explains that homebuilding is Florida's second greatest industry after tourism. He also details how federal aid for airport construction will boost Florida's tourism. At the conclusion of the program, he disparages increasing spending on foreign aid. Produced by the Senate Recording Studios.
Infrastructure

SENATOR GEORGE SMATHERS REPORTS - PANAMA

253476
Date
ca. 1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
4:33; b&w; sound; V-183 AA319; M89-17
Description
Sen. George Smathers comments on the developing tensions in Panama over disagreements in the Canal Zone. The segment also contains material on President Johnson and the legislative schedule of the Senate. Produced by the Senate Recording Studios.
Infrastructure

D.O.T REPORT

252985
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:26; color; optical; V-207 CA282; S. 828
Description
Bob Considine takes the viewer on an "in-depth" look at the Florida Department of Transportation. The department plays an integral part in making Florida the "fastest growing state in the nation" by using the newest technology. Recent scientific developments like enormous punch-card computers, underwater bridge inspection and automated map drafting are new methods embraced by the department. Efforts to minimize disruption of Florida's citizens, natural environment and historical heritage are aided by several full-time expert advisors. The FDOT is also a testing ground for revolutionary programs such as "Flash," an emergency motorist distress system, free car wash sites on the Florida Turnpike and new forms of mass transit. Produced by the Hallmark International Films for FDOT.
Infrastructure

FLORIDA REMOTE CONTROL BRIDGE

253086
Date
5-Dec-73
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:14; color; sound; V-202 BA305; S.1239
Description
Florida Secretary of Transportation Walter Revell announces the invention of another transportation marvel, Florida's Remote Control Bridge near the Kennedy Space Center. It is the only bridge in the country that is operated via remote control by an off-site operator. He addresses plans to expand Florida's remote controlled bridge system to 12 in the approaching years. The narrator explains why remote control operation is safer and more cost effective than on-site controls. The camera captures the action as the bridge is tested and the operator follows each step on a lighted control board to ensure proper operation. Produced by WFSU-TV and the Florida Department of Transportation.
Infrastructure

FLORIDA AND THE SPACECENTER : PARTNERS IN PROGRESS

253095
Date
Late 1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
22:15; color; sound; V-7 DA013; S.828
Description
This film gives a little early space program history and then describes the economic impact that space-related industry has on several counties close to Cape Canaveral. It informs the viewer that utilities and other infrastructure needed to be improved and expanded. As the population grew, so did leisure activities such as surfing, sailing, golf and hunting. Viewers see libraries, schools, hospitals, motels and municipal buildings. There is some footage of the Gemini launch with spectators and press. Viewers also see churches and civic groups. Tourists are seen witnessing launches and visiting the Kennedy Space Center. Produced by Technicolor; sponsored by NASA.
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GASPARILLA '54 AND ROAD CONSTRUCTION

253144
Date
Feb-54
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:15; color; silent; V-112 BA026; S. 828
Description
This film begins with shots of the Old Capitol and other state office buildings. Subsequent scenes include floats and marching bands. There are points of view from a car driving down a single lane road. Viewers also see a waterfront scene with a Navy ship coming into view and the exterior of a jai-alai fronton. There are more scenes with car point of view of streets in town, more scenes of the Navy Ship, scenes of road construction including concrete pouring and asphalt laying, more driving point of view, scenes of young orange groves, a bridge in the Keys, and construction using graders and bulldozers. There are street scenes mixed in and two shots of a Model T on a bumpy road.
Infrastructure

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.
Infrastructure

GOV. FARRIS BRYANT PRESS CONFERENCE

253177
Date
2-Apr-64
Collection
Video
Video Details
32:15; b&w; sound; V-219 EA041; S. 828
Description
Tension mounts in this press conference when Gov. Farris Bryant declines to comment at length on the purpose of a secretive personal trip to Washington, D.C. He remarks on the use of the Florida National Guard in response to racial or civil unrest, construction plans for the Florida causeway and the success of the Florida Development Commission. Gov. Bryant also comments on the arrest of Elizabeth Peabody, mother of then-Massachusetts Gov. Endicott Peabody, for her participation in a civil rights march in St. Augustine. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Infrastructure

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