Deer Santa

252981
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, "Santa's deer and their many cousins meet the happy children" at the International Deer Ranch, which is part of the Silver Springs attraction. Viewers see deer fed by hand, then explore the Florida Frontier (a nature trail) and see Santa at his winter home. The children throw coins int...
Video Details
3:50; color; sound; V-27 AA068; S. 828

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 Jan...
Video Details
13:15; color; sound; V-95 BA157; S. 828

Ross Allen Reptile Institute

232386
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
Ross Allen wrestles an alligator in the water. Seminoles play and work at Silver Springs. Francis Osceola wrestles an alligator on land. A woman wears a boa constrictor. A boy shops for a snake, and after rejecting an indigo snake, purchases another. Ross and his son Tom wrestle a 20-foot anaconda i...
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-86; CA167, S. 828

Florida Attractions

246473
Date
1948
Collection
Video
Description
This early movie begins with a series of shots of St. Augustine, including the Fountain of Youth and the oldest house. Next, people are shown catching turtles at Silver Springs. The film continues with brief scenes of: Marineland; Palm Beach; Bok Tower; water skiing at Cypress Gardens; aerial and...
Video Details
1948 / 6:48; B&W; silent; V-173 S. 828

Citrus Boulevard

252948
Date
1965
Collection
Video
Description
This film provides a look at Highway 27 on the way to Miami. Viewers see: Silver Springs; Leesburg; the Citrus Tower with high scenic vistas of orange groves; and an amphibious vehicle. A model swipes an orange from a tree in the Governor's Grove where each tree, "belongs" to a state governor. The f...
Video Details
13:30; color; sound; V-10 BA113; S. 828

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...

Silver Springs Water Croquet

267710
Collection
Video
Description
This silent film shows two couples playing water croquet at Silver Springs. Large hoops are set up in the water, and mallets are used to send a floating ball through the hoops. The "match" winds up with a splash fight. There is some deterioration of the film.
Video Details
01:12; B&W; silent; AA036; V-251
Type
Image

Turtle Talk

267712
Collection
Video
Description
Video Details
05:03; color; sound; AA083; V-251
Type
Image

Large Combo Reel

267783
Collection
Video
Video Details
34:59; color; silent; V-255
Description
This silent film consists of a variety of home movies. Scenes include parades featuring floats from the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce and Silver Springs, Shriner clowns with the Shriner clown car and an African-American marching band with majorettes. There are a number of family related scenes, inc...
Type
Image

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 F...
Video Details
28:17; color; sound; DA145; V-250
Type
Image

PRINCE OF PEACE MEMORIAL

253408
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
12:55; color; sound; V-84 BA129; S. 828
Description
This film shows the dioramas, created by carver/sculptor Paul Cunningham, on display at the Prince of Peace Memorial at Silver Springs. It shows Cunningham at work, providing descriptions of each scene. Then, viewers see Deer Ranch, glass-bottom boats, Carriage Cavalcade and swimming. Produced by Gu...

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...

THE UNCONQUERED

253588
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
12:40; color; sound; V-90 CA118; S. 828
Description
This film shows contemporary American Indian life after a brief historical introduction. It shows a medicine man picking herbs and another man wrestling a gator in water. A powwow is held at Silver Springs and viewers see Ross Allen (herpetologist) and Will Rogers Jr. Produced by Silver Springs.

GUIDED TOUR OF GOOD OLD DAYS

253222
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
15:05; color; sound; V-104 CA166; S. 828
Description
This film starts with a cute recreated "Keystone Kops" sequence to introduce a look at the Silver Springs Auto Fair & Carriage Cavalcade Collection. The Keystone Kops continue to show off cars. There is a scene of "filming a Western" to show a stage coach and another scene showing an odd-looking "fu...

PATHWAYS FOR TOMORROW

253379
Date
1967
Collection
Video
Video Details
5:40; color; sound; V-54 AA088; S. 828
Description
This film tells about Ross Allen and the annual camporee that he and Silver Springs sponsor for the Boy Scouts. There are scenes of scouts in various activities, including a tortoise race with two scouts seated atop Galapagos Tortoises. They swim in Silver Springs and go on glass-bottom boat rides, ...

PRINCE OF PEACE MEMORIAL

253409
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows the dioramas, created by carver/sculptor Paul Cunningham, on display in small chapels at Silver Springs. Each is a scene from the New Testament, including a reproduction of da Vinci's "Last Supper." The end of the film shows other features of Silver Springs, including Deer Ranch, gla...
Video Details
13:25; color; sound; V-110 BA171; S. 828

GUIDED TOUR OF DEER RANCH

253221
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:30; b&w; sound; V-115 BA149; S. 828
Description
This film provides a look at Tommy Bartlett's Deer Ranch, a part of the Silver Springs attraction. Children get to feed and pet the deer. There are many kinds of deer shown, followed by scenes of the other forms of entertainment at Silver Springs. Produced by Guided Tours.

GUIDED TOURS OUTTAKES

253224
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
17:00; color; silent; V-108 CA189; S. 828
Description
This film has outtakes from several Guided Tours productions and includes shots of Silver Springs, the Circus Hall of Fame and a wax museum. Some footage at Silver Springs is underwater and is slightly underexposed. The best underwater shots are a "love scene." This is all Kodachrome. Produced by Gu...

GOING, GOING, GONE: FRIEND OR FOE

253152
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
7:50; color; sound; V-5 BA020; S. 828
Description
Ross Allen shares interesting facts about rattlesnakes. Viewers see snake hunters pouring gasoline into a hole to flush the snakes out. The film also shows Tommy Allen, Ross's son, working with his father as they milk the snakes' venom. An emergency call comes to the Reptile Institute and Ross swing...

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE IN ACTION

253217
Date
early 1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:05; b&w; sound; V-111 BA197; S. 828
Description
This film is about spring training in Florida. It shows some great players from the 1960s. There is a brief look at the Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, followed by footage of Cypress Gardens, the Citrus Tower, Silver Springs and Six-gun Territory.

NOW

253352
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:35; color; sound; V-69 BA125; S. 828
Description
This film shows the Ocala-Marion County area with scenes of horse breeding farms, citrus groves and city buildings in Ocala. Viewers see Silver Springs; other tourist attractions; residences; and manufacturing of saw blades, mobile homes, and garments. There are school scenes, including cosmetology ...

GLASS BOTTOM BOATS AT SILVER SPRINGS

253151
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
12:50; color; sound; V-5 CA050; S. 828
Description
This film shows the features of Silver Springs. It includes "actors" who are supposed to be filming an old-time slapstick comedy with pie-in-the-face scenes. It shows the glass-bottom boats on the river, the view through the boat glass and scenes of underwater filming. A "symphony" tune is played du...

FLORIDA'S KINGDOM OF THE SUN

253077
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:40; b&w; sound; V-18 CAl53; S.828
Description
This is a long version of AA046. Viewers see Marion County with Silver Springs (including Deer Ranch and Ross Allen Reptile Institute), which contains the Prince of Peace Memorial with its hand-carved dioramas. The film also shows Six-Gun Territory and Juniper Springs, with underwater photography of...

KISSIMMEE: GATEWAY TO THE WORLDS

253287
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
20:50; color; sound; V-54 CA064; S. 828
Description
This film shows attractions near Kissimmee, including Disney World, SeaWorld, Stars Hall of Fame, Busch Gardens, Silver Springs, Cypress Gardens, Alligator Alley, Gatorland Zoo and Supersonic Transport Air Museum. There are scenes of life in Kissimmee, including cattle ranching, homes and apartments...

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...

WONDERFUL WORLD OF FLORIDA

253645
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:10; b&w; sound; V-214 CA318; S. 828
Description
This is a film by Eastern Airlines promoting the sites and scenery of Florida. Many Florida tourist spots are featured, including St. Augustine, Cape Canaveral, Silver Springs, the Ringling Museum, Circus Hall of Fame, Seminole Indians and alligator wrestling. Presented by Eastern Airlines, produced...

DAYTONA BEACH RESORT AREA: THE AFFORDABLE FLORIDA

252974
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:20; color; sound; V-22 BA053; S. 828
Description
This is one of the few tourism films to use synch sound with the models. It features three couples: one retired, one with two children and a young married couple. They frolic in the surf, fish and shop. Viewers see attractions, nightlife and all of the usual pastimes. The film shows some old-time fo...

TODAY SHOW: TWO FLORIDA STORIES

253569
Date
Late 1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:10; b&w; silent; V-87 BA108; S. 828
Description
The first story shows life in Florida in the 1950s. Residences, industries, attractions and pastimes are seen. The film is produced as a "Today Show" "feature." Viewers see the Apalachicola River and Woodruff Dam, the Everglades, Seminoles, Jacksonville scenes and Miami scenes. The second story foll...

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; p...

FLORIDA ATTRACTIONS

253034
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:25; color; sound; V-102 BA145; S. 828
Description
This film shows the wildlife that abounds at Silver Springs, skiers at Cypress Gardens, Rainbow Springs, Homosassa Springs and the Sarasota Jungle Gardens. This is a chopped-up print that was reassembled. The Homosassa sequence has a model dressed as an "Indian" who feeds the alligators fish and mar...

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