Wakulla Springs High Diving

296314
Date
1945
Collection
Video
Video Details
2:37; color; silent; V-257; BA437
Description
This film includes excellent color footage of expert high divers diving from the tower platform at Wakulla Springs. Men and women dive off springboards mounted to the tower, performing a variety of diving techniques, including forward, reverse and twisting somersaults. The divers then move to the highest platform to perform various dives, including handstand dives. A small crowd of swimsuit-clad onlookers watches from different levels of the tower. There are shots of a floating platform and views of the wooded areas beyond the springs. A woman sitting on a smaller floating platform waves at the camera.
Wakulla County (Fla.)

Wakulla Springs Military Training and Underwater Explosions

296311
Date
1942
Collection
Video
Description
This film includes shots of underwater explosions in the Wakulla River and Springs. Armed troops patrol through the woods. In the water, promoter and expert swimmer Newt Perry holds up large roots and stumps apparently dislodged by the explosions. The film shows a young man using a small movie camera. A GMC DUKW amphibious vehicle, or "Duck,” with troops on board moves through the springs, emerges on land and goes back into the water. A Wakulla Springs tour boat is in the distance. The film includes underwater footage of the Duck.
Video Details
6:46; color; silent; V-258; BA437
Wakulla County (Fla.)

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. Various fish species, including largemouth bass, Florida gar, mullet, bluegill, American shad and brown bullhead, swim through the water. Two divers examine what appears to be a large mammoth bone, and another diver shoots pictures using an underwater camera.
Video Details
24:10; color; silent; V-258; DA148
Wakulla County (Fla.)

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 includes a shot of a turtle as it dives into the water to make its escape. The men in the boats make their way down to a fence that Ed Ball erected to block access up river to Wakulla Springs. A man near County Road 365, next to a bridge and boat ramp, points out trash and debris left behind in the area. Next, the film moves to scuba diving scenes at the cavern entrance to the springs. Divers with lights descend and enter the cavern. Once inside, they measure a mastodon bone. The footage shows them swimming near underwater pipes. An overhead shot shows a glass bottom boat filled with tourists snapping pictures of the divers. Various fish, including largemouth bass, Florida gar, mullet and American eel, swim through the water.
Video Details
10:51; color; silent; V-258; DA148
Wakulla County (Fla.)

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” of the Wakulla River and into Wakulla Springs. Promoter and expert swimmer Newt Perry dives from a high platform into the spring. He swims to the boat and invites Jerry to take a dip. Jerry removes his pants to reveal a bathing suit and dives in. Newt Perry offers Jerry his diving mask, and they take turns going under water until Jerry returns to the boat, giving thanks and waving goodbye. Rey and Jerry paddle back onto the river and through lush, tree-canopied areas. Jerry smokes his pipe as they paddle through swampy grasses. The last intertitle reads, “They reluctantly paddle down the river to the gulf and more adventure carrying with them plenty of material for a chapter on the Wakulla Springs in their new book.”
Video Details
6:20; color; silent; V-259; BA436
Wakulla County (Fla.)

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 lenses and begins filming a comical fisherman in a small row boat. The fisherman reels in a fish and takes a drink from a beer or whiskey bottle. The cameraman appears onscreen again before the film cuts back to the fisherman, who is frustrated after reeling in a banana. The film cuts to a group of young men and women having an underwater picnic, complete with picnic basket, blanket, umbrella and campfire. One young man chops firewood. The film cuts to the fisherman, who turns in his boat to see smoke coming from the top of the water. Frightened, the fisherman quickly rows away. The film ends with title cards that read “Good-bye – see you in Florida” and “When in Florida don’t forget to go to Wakulla Springs and see ‘HENRY’ the famous pole vaulting fish.”
Video Details
2:14; color; silent; V-259; BA436a
Wakulla County (Fla.)

This Good Land We Love! The Story of Wildlife Conservation and the Edward Ball Wildlife Foundation

296133
Date
1972
Collection
Video
Description
Edward Ball was the longtime associate and brother-in-law of financier Alfred I. Dupont. He became trustee and manager of the Dupont Estates as well as leader of the St. Joe Paper Corporation in North Florida. This narrated film includes color footage and descriptions of four Florida wildlife sanctuaries created by the Edward Ball Wildlife Foundation. The film begins with a reading of Joyce Kilmer’s poem “Trees” over scenes of wildlife, including geese and other birds, followed by shots of Edward Ball strolling through a wooded area. The narrator describes Ball’s belief in the importance of preserving endangered animal and plant species as well as his admiration for Teddy Roosevelt and forester, politician and conservationist Gifford Pinchot. The film continues with visits to each wildlife sanctuary, including the University of West Florida near Pensacola, Wakulla Springs near St. Marks, the Box R Ranch near Apalachicola and Southwood Farms near Tallahassee. Students and school groups enjoy nature at UWF, where a tour for the visually impaired takes place. The Wakulla Springs segment includes exterior shots of the Wakulla Springs Lodge and wildlife boat tours. Wild geese and deer figure prominently throughout the film, which also includes scenes of limpkins, egrets, ducks, raccoons and alligators foraging for food. An alligator catches and eats a duck. Most scenes are backed by lush music while the narrator describes the feeding habits of animals and the work of foundation employees. Throughout the film, the narrator reiterates Edward Ball’s belief that pristine lands, wildlife species and the “natural wonders of the world” must be preserved for the understanding and enjoyment of future generations. The film concludes with quotes about man’s place in nature and a quote from the book of Revelations: “Hurt not the Earth.” This film was produced by John Appleyard Agency Inc.
Video Details
28:00; color; sound; V-257; EA051
Type
moving image
Wakulla County (Fla.)

BLACK ARCHIVES/ BATTLE OF NATURAL BRIDGE

252901
Date
1975
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:21; color; sound; V-218 BA384; S.1239
Description
This film has footage of the Black Archives commemoration ceremonies in Tallahassee. Dr. Benjamin Smith of Florida A&M University comments on growing up in Monticello. Mrs. Adderley comments on Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's inclusion in the archives. A former FAMU athlete donates the Cleve Abbott Award of 1963 to the archives. In the next segment, Civil War reenactors recreate the battle of Natural Bridge near Tallahassee. Produced by WFSU-TV.
(Wakulla County, Fla.)

PRIMEVAL PARADISE

253407
Date
1951
Collection
Video
Video Details
10:55; color; sound; V-158 WV-11
Description
Same as film #620.
Wakulla County (Fla.)

MAGNOLIA

253309
Date
1976
Collection
Video
Description
An unidentified historian comments on the defunct town of Magnolia, Florida. Sheriff Hamlin, a descendant of the original founders of the town, explains why they are celebrating the history of the bygone town as part of the nation's centennial festivities. Produced by WFSU-TV.
Video Details
4:22; color; sound, V-244 AA474; S.1239
Wakulla County (Fla.)

PRIMEVAL PARADISE

253406
Date
1951
Collection
Video
Video Details
10:00; color; sound; V-40 BA061; WV-11
Description
Ed Ball, owner of Wakulla Springs, produced this film. It starts with a trio of conquistadors bathing in the spring and then shows animals (aquatic birds, freshwater fish, snapping turtles and alligators) above and below the surface of the river. It has good underwater photography.
Wakulla County (Fla.)

TOMORROW IS HERE TO STAY - LAKE MUNSON

253574
Date
Mar-70
Collection
Video
Video Details
27:27; b&w; sound DA078; S.1239
Description
Bill Shipley interviews Tallahassee residents and officials concerning the spoiling of Lake Munson due to sewage contamination and nutrient loading from storm water runoff. Mr. Lewis, a 91-year-old Tallahassee native, reflects on "old time" Tallahassee. Officials and residents of Wakulla County speak in support and opposition of industrial development in their vicinity. Produced by WFSU-TV.
Wakulla County (Fla.)

WAKULLA FLOOD

253603
Date
1975
Collection
Video
Video Details
3:52; color; silent; V-185 AA365; S.1239
Description
This film features scenes of flood waters in the Wakulla River area. Two young boys wade in chest-deep water outside their home as other family members watch from the porch. There are several different shots of partially submerged homes, trailers, roads and boats. The segment ends with storm footage filmed from inside a vehicle and storm water in the streets. Produced by WFSU-TV.
Wakulla County (Fla.)

POLLUTION

253388
Date
1970
Collection
Video
Video Details
7:00; b&w; silent; V-188 BA260; S.1239
Description
Swimmers frolic in the water at Wakulla Springs outside of Tallahassee. Alligators, birds and other wildlife from the springs also make an appearance. The camera follows a car on a narrow road, then slowly pans to a ditch filled with litter. Gentle waves roll over the sand at an anonymous beach location before the camera pulls back to reveal heaps of rusted beer cans and broken bottles piled in the dunes. Several young men gather the trash, filling over a dozen grocery bags with rubbish. Next, sewer runoff fills a calm water body with sludge. Then, factory smokestacks cough enormous black plumes of soot. The segment ends with a few shots of flowers and the reflecting pool at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens. Produced by WFSU-TV.
Wakulla County (Fla.)

US HIGHWAY 27

253593
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
12:25; color; sound; V-72 BA126; S. 828
Description
This film starts in Havana, Florida, showing tobacco growing. Then, it moves on to Tallahassee with the Capitol and FSU, the Grove (next to the Governor's Mansion), Killearn Gardens and beautiful flowers, the Floridian Hotel, the Cherokee Hotel and Wakulla Springs. Then, viewers see Perry, Suwannee, Stuckey's, Dogland, Williston and Castro Farms. Produced by Guided Tours.
Wakulla County (Fla.)

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