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 Profile of Progress

253083
Date
1957
Collection
Video
Description
This is an edited, shortened version of DA051. This film tells how Florida is a growing market for industry, showing various plants' employees sunning and golfing. Viewers see Martin (aerospace), phosphate mining, paper and pulp, citrus and other produce. Cattle, seafood, hydroelectric power, gas pipeline, airports, trains, ports and highways are shown. It also shows colleges and research, including nuclear reactors. There are more manufacturing scenes, including scenes of FDC meeting and consulting. The film describes Florida's tax structure and then gives a recap. Produced by Raycam Productions; sponsored by FDC.
Video Details
12:30; color; sound; V-9 BA087; S.828
Transportation

CSX Crew Installing Track and Gandy Dancers

326303
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Video
Description
This video features railroad workers or “section hands” commonly referred to by the slang term “Gandy Dancers” demonstrating work songs used when laying rail track. Also features CSX workers at the Florida Folk Festival preparing the tracks used in the demonstration.
Video Details
13:51; color; sound; S1664, CSX Crew and Gandy Dancers
CSX Transportation

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 nice scenes of a steamboat replica on the Suwannee River. The Keys are shown, including divers in Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Marineland with a diver feeding dolphins, loggerheads underwater and laying eggs. Divers in Tarpon Springs and gator wrestling follow. A man catches a cobra by hand and milks venom. There is a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral and an open house at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Produced by Beckley Films in cooperation with FDC; sponsored by Eastern Airlines.
Video Details
12:53; color; sound; V-74 BA019; S. 828
true

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 crumbled. Saffer’s home movies show a happy time in the family’s life, with ocean cruises, golf outings, beach excursions and trips to bathing casinos. Often, the women strike "still" poses in the movies, when according to his granddaughter, Mr. Saffer would yell, "It's a movie – move!" Throughout the film, the family dresses up and wears various costumes. Footage of Pier 5 in Miami shows fishing boats at the dock, a masted ship and a large private yacht. The camera also pans across the Miami skyline. Women and men play golf at the Miami Beach Golf Club, formerly Bayshore. The footage includes an airship hanger along with the Goodyear blimp Defender landing and taking off again. The family spends time at what appears to be the Venetian pool in Coral Gables and then strikes poses and plays leap frog on the beach. The footage shows a Curtiss Wright airplane at the airport as well as aerial views of the Breakers Hotel and Miami Beach. Of particular interest are shots of Curtiss Wright aircraft mechanics working on the plane and shots of the Eastern Transport Inc. sign on a building. The S.S. Seminole of the Clyde Mallory Line docks with the help of tugboats, and later the family swims at the Roman pools. Scenes include diving and swimming competitions and a group parading around at Miami's Spanish Village. Additional scenes include a sunrise Easter service on the beach and canoe “jousting” at the Deauville Casino. Footage shows a man wrestling with a chained bear, and the film ends with bears going down a slide and swimming in the ocean.
Video Details
22:00; B&W; silent; V-256; BA438
true

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.
of Transportation following the Florida

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.
of Transportation's role in shaping

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.
of Transportation plans for new

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.
of Transportation Walter Revell announces

SENATOR GEORGE SMATHERS REPORTS - AIRLINES STRIKE

253444
Date
ca. 1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
4:49; b&w; sound; V-181 AA297; M89-17
Description
Sen. George Smathers comments on the effect that the airlines strike is having on Florida tourism. He discusses various legislative bills designed to prevent further transportation strikes. Produced by the Senate Recording Studios.
transportation strikes. Produced

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.
transportation system

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.
of Transportation. The department plays

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.
Transportation

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.
Transportation

THE PINK PORPOISE

253385
Date
1967
Collection
Video
Video Details
26:05; color; sound; V-114 DA006; S. 828
Description
This film chronicles an expedition to Peru to capture animals for Marineland. It shows the method of capture, transport to the United States and arrival in the new home. It features interesting animals.
, transport to the United States

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."
Transportation

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.
Transportation

MAIN STREET FLORIDA

253310
Date
Jul-80
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:40; color; sound; V-60 BA085; S. 828
Description
This film is all about Florida's Turnpike. It uses folk singing with banjo and a blues song with harmonica as background while showing people using turnpike facilities. Viewers see a "typical" American family and newlyweds visiting places along the way. Sites include Cape Canaveral, Disney World, Bok Tower and Cypress Gardens. Viewers see Burt Reynolds filming "Smokey and the Bandit II." Two girls headed for fun in Fort Lauderdale have car trouble, are spotted by the Florida Highway Patrol plane and receive assistance. Produced by Barton of Jacksonville; sponsored by Florida Department of Transportation.
Department of Transportation.

WORLD'S WINTER STRAWBERRY CAPITAL

253650
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:50; color; sound; V-83 CA117; S. 828
Description
This film shows scenes of the State Fair, Plant City Strawberry Festival, local schools, churches, baseball spring training, golf, tennis, fishing, local businesses, banks, and city and county buildings. Viewers see train and bus transportation, as well as the airport, shopping center, post office, library, hospital and youth center. The film also shows Busch Gardens, Cypress Gardens, beaches and finally some strawberry fields with harvesters at work. Produced by Don Parisher.
transportation, as well as the airport

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.
Transportation

SOMETHING SPECIAL

253516
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:11; b&w; sound, V- 244 BA433; S. 828
Description
This film promotes Florida's tourist attractions and endorses National Airlines' non-stop air service to the Sunshine State. Footage includes beaches, Seminole Indians, tourist sites and fishing scenes. Produced by National Airlines and the Florida Development Commission.
Transportation

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.
Transportation

FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS

253015
Date
1-Jul-66
Collection
Video
Video Details
7:15; color; sound; V-55 BA166; S. 828
Description
This film is footage of an International Stewardess Contest. The girls pose, frolic and visit Miami Seaquarium, home of television star Flipper. They go to a beauty shop. The contest begins later that evening. The winner is from Guatemala. The film also shows Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach and Miami Beach Mayor Elliot Roosevelt.
Transportation

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.
Transportation

REVEREND HUDSON - REVEREND C.K. STEELE INTERVIEW

253260
Date
22-May-80
Collection
Video
Video Details
7:35; color; sound, V-239 BA332; S.1239
Description
The Rev. Hudson of Bethel Baptist Church in Tallahassee comments on his role in the desegregation battle and the contributions of the Rev. C.K. Steele. He mentions the Tallahassee transportation boycott and discusses Steele's influence on him. Produced by WFSU-TV.
the Tallahassee transportation boycott

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.
Transportation

SENATOR GEORGE SMATHERS REPORTS - SPESSARD HOLLAND

253464
Date
ca. 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
Sen. Spessard Holland sits in for Sen. George Smathers on his television program and comments on international trade tariffs. He mentions airline strikes and how they are affecting Florida. He includes comments on his proposed bill for compulsory arbitration in the event of airline strikes. Produced by the Senate Recording Studios.
Video Details
5:00; b&w; sound; V-180 AA286; M89-17
Transportation

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.
Transportation

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.
Transportation

SOMETHING NEW IN THE AIR

253515
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
3:05; b&w; sound; V-234 AA442; S. 828
Description
This film captures the excitement of Eastern Airlines' inaugural Boeing 727 flight at the Miami Airport. A delegation of giddy Miamians board the plane, led by the mayor. In the course of their journey, they present citrus gift baskets to the flight crew, President Lyndon Johnson and the Mayor of Philadelphia. The film extols the amenities of the new jet, including the availability of high-speed travel to Florida. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Transportation

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