Mermaid Who Couldn't Swim

253319
Date
ca. 1964.
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:40; color; sound; V-103 BA070; S. 828
Description
This film tells the story of a girl applying to become a mermaid at Weeki Wachee. It shows behind-the-scenes situations. This particular girl supposedly cannot swim (except underwater). She learns to perform and reveals that she "can't swim," but it is okay and the film ends.

Wakulla Springs & WWII Troop Maneuvers

232383
Date
1940s
Collection
Video
Video Details
16:39; color; silent; V-158 WV-4
Description
In this film, Army troops practice swamp slogging through cypress swamp, make a human chain across the river, crawl on their bellies, and use weeds and Spanish moss for camouflage. The film shows troops firing machine guns, sniping from trees and swimming assault across the river. There are smoke sc...

Care and Feeding of a Mermaid

232381
Date
December 1961
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows how a young woman learns to be a mermaid at Weeki Wachee. Viewers see lessons in breath control, synchronized swimming, diet, modeling, announcing, and how to eat and drink underwater. Parts of a performance are shown. The film uses underwater photography.
Video Details
8:50; B&W; sound; V-8 BA009; S. 828

Wakulla Springs Scuba Diving

296301
Date
1977
Collection
Video
Description
This film includes beautiful color footage of divers descending into the Wakulla Springs cavern. Divers swim through deep, dark areas of the caves with their diving lights. Glass bottom boat tours pass overhead. Divers swim through eel grass and a hollowed out log on the bottom of the spring. Variou...
Video Details
24:10; color; silent; V-258; DA148

Beauty in the Deep

243138
Date
January 21, 1961
Collection
Video
Description
This film begins with a performance by the mermaids at Weeki Wachee. The narrator describes the control it takes for the performers to dive. There are also scenes of eating and drinking underwater.
Video Details
4:50; B&W; sound; V-125 AA211; S. 828

Littlest Mermaid

253300
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, a little girl learns how to do mermaid tricks at Weeki Wachee.
Video Details
6:55; color; sound; V-53 BA057; S. 828

Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs Scuba Diving

296308
Date
1973
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows two men motoring down the Wakulla River, towing a camera person in a smaller boat. Footage shows wildlife along the river, including anhingas, limpkins, egrets, alligators and turtles. A giant hornet nest hangs high up in a tree. Underwater footage in the shallow areas of the river i...
Video Details
10:51; color; silent; V-258; DA148

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 speak...
Video Details
11:41; color; silent; V-133 CA252; S. 1239

Earl LeRoy Saffer Miami Beach Home Movies

295838
Date
1926
Collection
Video
Description
Earl LeRoy Saffer was an entrepreneur and amateur pilot who, according to his granddaughter, "lived high" during the 1920s. In 1932, Saffer and his family moved from Miami to New York. The family narrowly escaped the 1926 hurricane, running from one building to another just before the first building...
Video Details
22:00; B&W; silent; V-256; BA438

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...

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

North Miami Beach: Gateway to Interama

232459
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Description
Governor Claude Kirk introduces this film about North Miami Beach. Viewers see the environment and life in this area, including places of worship, schools, hospitals, banks, the library, and neighborhoods. There are exteriors of Studio City and Capital Film Labs. The film shows horse racing at Gulfs...
Video Details
14:55; color; sound; V-76 CA065; S. 828

All Us Kids Love Florida

252870
Date
7/23/1962
Collection
Video
Video Details
6:20; b&w; sound; V-92 BA191; S. 828
Description
This film shows the Diplomat Hotel and Country Club, featuring the supervised children's activities available there. The kids play in the pool, have swimming lessons, play Ping-Pong and learn some dance steps. They participate in other activities, including a field trip to a Seminole Village, allowi...

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

Coral Gables: The Global City of the Future

252961
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Description
This film starts with a man navigating his yacht through a typical Coral Gables neighborhood with large houses on canals, swimming pools and docked boats behind each. He gets home, greets the kids, has a quick shower, gives the wife a peck on the lips, and then he is on a jet to Paris. The host/narr...
Video Details
15:06; color; sound; V-14 CA063; S. 828

Rey and Jerry Wood Canoeing the Wakulla River

296312
Date
1940
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows a couple paddling what appears to be a homemade boat or canoe. According to the film’s intertitles, the couple is Rey and Jerry Wood, “two youthful adventurers paddling their way from California to New York City.” The film shows the pair paddling through the “scenic jungle”...
Video Details
6:20; color; silent; V-259; BA436

Wakulla Springs Promotional Comedy

296315
Date
1940
Collection
Video
Description
This film appears to show the making of a short promotional comedy for Wakulla Springs. The film begins with shots of a motion picture cameraman along with two young men in bathing suits on one of the Wakulla Springs swimming platforms with swimmers on the beach behind them. The cameraman switches l...
Video Details
2:14; color; silent; V-259; BA436a

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

Hugh Downs for Florida

267768
Collection
Video
Video Details
15:25; B&W; sound; CA152; V-254
Description
This footage contains several clips of Hugh Downs promoting Florida on the Today Show. Downs opens with a reading of the day's temperatures in Florida, then discusses the wide variety of activities one can enjoy in the Sunshine State, including: fishing; boating; shuffleboard; skiing; rodeo; diving...
Type
Image

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park and Flagler Beach State Park

267746
Collection
Video
Video Details
05:30; color; sound; s. 1825 Box 1, Film 3; V-253
Description
This film is a guided tour of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park and Flagler Beach State Park. The narrator describes nearby attractions, such as Marineland on A1A, and provides a history of the park, which was once the plantation of General Joseph Hernandez. Scenes include: a park ranger walking t...
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

TEACHING BABIES TO SWIM

253560
Date
ca. 1980s
Collection
Video
Video Details
2:21; color; sound; V-185 AA348; S.1239
Description
This film contains footage of babies learning to swim at the Florida State University swimming pool. A Florida State University swimming instructor and several mothers with their children practice various swimming exercises. The film includes some underwater footage. The segment ends with a game of ...

A DIP IN DIXIE

252986
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:30; b&w; sound; V-25 CA018; S. 828
Description
The Tarpon Club, the FSU Women's Swim Team, demonstrates synchronized swimming to minstrel show music and other tunes. Sponsored by FDC.

WATER SKIING IN SWIMMING POOL

253616
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
1:30; color; silent; V-53 AA094; S. 828
Description
A series of tricks are done on skis in a swimming pool. A winch winds the rope and pulls skiers the length of the pool. They take off from the high dive, ski on a disk and slalom.

DIVERS AT WAKULLA SPRINGS

252989
Date
29-Apr-77
Collection
Video
Video Details
24:01; color; silent; V-158 WV-15
Description
This film shows divers in a cavern and near the lip at Wakulla Springs. Viewers see divers swim through the weeds, swim over the lip and swim through a sunken log. Schools of fish are shown. The divers in the cave swim along rocks on the bottom. This portion of the film is too dark. Viewers also see...

TARPON CLUB SWIMMING AT WAKULLA SPRINGS

253556
Date
early 1940s
Collection
Video
Video Details
5:34; color; silent; V-159 WV-8
Description
Tarpon Club women sun and play Ping-Pong. There is a view from a tower showing a "glass house" on the boat dock. There are scenes of synchronized swimming from the tower, followed by scenes shot at water level. There is a view of the tower. Then, the camera pans out to bowl. There are more formation...

WAKULLA SPRINGS/FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

253611
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:00; color; sound; V-36 WV-13
Description
This film begins by giving a brief history of Wakulla Springs. There are scenes at the spring of tourists, wildlife, archery, beauty contests, synchronized swimming and underwater photography. Produced by Florida Department of Natural Resources.

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY HISTORY (Part 5)

253112
Date
1980s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows construction on the stadium, women's and men's basketball, synchronized swimming and the dance department. Produced by WFSU-TV.
Video Details
21:00; color; some sound; V-127 CA256; S.1239

WAKULLA SPRINGS

253606
Date
11-Oct-71
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:45; color; silent; V-160 WV-6
Description
Two divers descend to the cave entrance. There is a view from inside the cave as divers swim in with lights. The divers measure a mastodon tusk and bone on the cave floor and swim out. The divers swim to a ledge near pipes, a view of the cliff face (eastern lip), fish and vegetation. Then, the film ...

FLORIDA WATER SHOW

253123
Date
31-May-62
Collection
Video
Video Details
8:45; b&w; silent; V-226 BA335; S.828
Description
In this film, female swimmers demonstrate the graceful technique of synchronized swimming. One woman poses in a tiara and ruffled skirt. Before diving in, she removes her skirt but splashes around with her tiara in place. Several men perform fancy dives for an enthusiastic audience. There is also fo...

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