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

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...

Snowman’s Holiday

253512
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Description
This might be one of the silliest concepts ever filmed. A snowman and snowwoman visit Miami. They fish, visit the Miami Seaquarium, watch alligator wrestling at Tropical Gardens, see cobra milking at the Miami Serpentarium, monkeys at Monkey Jungle, Vizcaya, the Torch of Friendship, and Parrot Jungl...
Video Details
14:00; b&w; sound; V-65 CA081; S. 828

Florida’s Wildlife Heritage

296303
Date
1983
Collection
Video
Description
This film examines the negative impact humans have had on Florida’s environment. The soundtrack begins with gentle flute music as scenes of swamp grasses, flowers and birds at dawn grace the screen. The music soon switches to up-tempo pop as the footage shows surfers, sailboats and sunbathers on t...
Video Details
16:25; color; sound; V-258; DA146

Unusual World of Florida

253592
Date
ca. 1964
Collection
Video
Description
This film begins with aerials of a Fort Lauderdale airboat ride, swamp buggies in Naples, Corkscrew Swamp, animals along the Wakulla River and Cypress Gardens. It then shows a chrysanthemum farm, Castillo de San Marcos (St. Augustine), Bok Tower and Citrus Tower. Stephen Foster Memorial is next with...
Video Details
12:53; color; sound; V-74 BA019; S. 828

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...

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...

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...

KISSIMMEE: COW CAPITAL OF FLORIDA

253286
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
36:06; color; sound; V-103 EA011; S. 828
Description
This film starts with shots of the Kissimmee Police force, which is only composed of five officers. Then, there are bumpy aerials of the town, including railroad cars and "downtown." The airplane used for the aerials is seen landing. Viewers see the Tropical Hotel, which seems to be full of cowboys....

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