The Torch of Friendship

232404
Date
Early 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This is a film promoting the Hampton House Hotel in Miami, a business oriented to an African-American clientele. It describes how notable black men and women of the 1960s gathered there, such as Ralph Metcalf (gold medalist, 1932 & 1936 Olympics), Althea Gibson (Wimbledon Champ), Martin Luther K...
Video Details
13:30; color; sound; CA133, s.828

Viva Florida 500 Promotional Film

259564
Date
2013
Collection
Video
Video Details
30:00; color; sound
Description
This film is a documentary produced by Ron Sachs Media Group, in collaboration with the Florida Department of State. It was made in conjunction with the Viva Florida 500 commemoration and provides an overview of Florida history from prehistoric times to the present. Produced for television, the film...

Have Circus, Won't Travel

253230
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
7:15; b&w; sound; V-108 BA002; S. 828
Description
This is a promotional film depicting a circus-themed underwater show at Weeki Wachee Springs. Footage includes stunts by the show’s “mermaid” performers, including trapeze acts, a ballet routine, tightrope walking, and tricks involving a “dragon” named Willy. The film also features shots o...

The Big Squeeze

252899
Date
early 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film tells about citrus production from tree to table in a short, but complete script.
Video Details
4:20; color; sound; V-100 AA086; S. 828

Governor Claude Kirk's Anti-Busing Commercial

253204
Date
1970
Collection
Video
Description
This is a campaign commercial opposing busing that was used in Governor Kirk's unsuccessful bid for a second term.
Video Details
0:30; color; sound; V-172 S. 828

To Reach For Tomorrow

253576
Date
1968
Collection
Video
Description
This is a promotional film put together for Governor LeRoy Collins' 1968 U.S. Senate campaign. It begins with footage of the Vietnam War, and Governor Collins pleading to end it. From there it moves to the race wars going on in the United States, with footage of black slums in Miami, Florida. Collin...
Video Details
30:00; b&w; Sound; V-139 S. 828

A Very Special Place

232417
Date
ca. 1969
Collection
Video
Description
Anita Bryant and her husband go fishing off Marathon in the Keys. She puts on her makeup while hooks are baited. Throughout the film, they drink Coca-Cola and she pitches Tupperware. She lands a tarpon. The film shows Seven Mile Bridge. Produced by Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
13:10; color; sound; BA091, S. 828

The Road to Beauty

232419
Date
1965
Collection
Video
Description
Health maintenance techniques are demonstrated, including how to walk properly, dance as exercise, nutrition (such as citrus), and sports. The film then moves on to discuss career, marriage, and home life. A wife announces that she is pregnant and the couple promptly drinks some orange juice to cele...
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; CA012, S. 828

Winged Foot Wonders

232444
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This is footage of young boys and girls at Cypress Gardens Ski School receiving instruction from members of the Cypress Gardens Ski Team. The film features several styles of skiing, with skiers Willa McGuire and Al Frido demonstrating the fanciest footwork. Produced by the Florida Development Commis...
Video Details
16:52; color; sound; CA317

Space Center

232449
Date
early 1970s
Collection
Video
Description
This film gives an overall look at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral. It includes visitors riding the Lunar Rover vehicle and a look at some of the animals in the Cape Preserve.
Video Details
8:30; color; sound; V-64 BA044; S. 828

All in Fun

232450
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, viewers learn about the dolphins that performed at the New York World's Fair. It shows crew from the Miami Seaquarium netting and training dolphins, and a sea lion performing. The film includes scenes of performances that were also used in CA071, "Number One at the Fair," in color. Pro...
Video Details
14:00; B&W; sound; V-23 BA054; S. 828

Phosphorus: Florida's Vital Key to a Better Future for Man

232452
Date
1972
Collection
Video
Description
This film explains the uses of phosphorus, how it is mined, and how it is processed. The producer's daughter-in-law and grandchildren are seen in one shot at the dinner table and picnicking. The producer, Hack Swain, is the mustached gentleman seen wearing a hard hat. Land reclamation is shown as we...
Video Details
10:20; color; sound; V-64 BA049; S. 828

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

A Century of Banking in Jacksonville

245052
Date
August 8, 1977
Collection
Video
Description
This film chronicles the history of Jacksonville and the Barnett family. Viewers learn that the family's fortunes are intertwined in the history of the city and the state. The film was produced using still photos and newspaper clippings.
Video Details
August 8, 1977 / 31:24; color; sound; V-92 EA016; S. 828

Beach Ball Holiday

252890
Date
mid 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film focuses on enjoying the sun and water in Fort Lauderdale . It includes aerials of the coast, hotels and a marlin fishing tournament. Produced by Guided Tours; sponsored by FDC and City of Fort Lauderdale.
Video Details
13:20; b&w; sound; V-17 CA004; S. 828

Beach Hotel

252891
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows a beach hotel shot from the water with colorful cabanas on the sand. The cars in the background indicate that it was made in the 1950s. The film container identifies Fort Lauderdale as the location.
Video Details
1:25; color; silent; V-92 AA063; S. 828

The Challenge of Champions

252938
Date
1975
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows horse racing at Gulfstream in 1975. The wild animal race uses Bengal tigers. Viewers see jockey Eddie Arcaro. Produced by Tel-Air Interests; sponsored by Gulfstream Park.
Video Details
14:00; color; sound; V-16 CA093; S. 828

Sailfish City

253423
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film is about fishing for sailfish off Fort Pierce. It shows how to use mullet for bait. There is lots of action as sailfish are caught. Produced by the Florida State Advertising Commission and Russell-Barton Film Co.
Video Details
12:25; b&w; sound; V-67 BA060; S. 828

The Changing Face of Florida

252940
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:24; color; sound; V-214 CA319; S. 828
Description
This is about the rapid population and industrial growth in Florida, "the nation's new frontier for industry." There are scenes of Florida’s workers on the job: in aircraft assembly factories; garment factories; steel mills; citrus groves; paper mills; and power plants. Florida's "business friendl...

The Case for the Canal

252932
Date
1970
Collection
Video
Description
This film describes the Cross Florida Barge Canal. A state geologist describes the lock system, and viewers see phosphate and mines. Much of the film is the same footage as CA006, "Florida's Canal Main Street." Various testimonials are given as to the quality of the canal project. Produced by Leroy ...
Video Details
10:55; color; sound; V-16 BA086; S. 828

The Key to Good Living

253282
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film tells about Gainesville, focusing on the University of Florida and how great it is to have it in town. Viewers see: public schools; recreation; cultural centers; local amenities; businesses; and utilities. Produced by Guided Tours; sponsored by the FDC and the Gainesville Chamber of Commer...
Video Details
14:05; color; sound; V-59 CA079; S. 828

Food for Tomorrow's World

253128
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows the work at Hydroponics International where the "farmers" carry walkie-talkie radios and have an extensive lab to develop and test mineral solutions that modify the soil and result in optimum produce. Viewers see shots of a two-foot long bean developed here, as well as tobacco, ornam...
Video Details
7:15; b&w; sound; V-42 BA124; S. 828

Ski Champs in Action

232402
Date
1958
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows many water skiing tricks in order to demonstrate the performance of skis made by Cypress Gardens. Trick skis, ski shoes, a ski disc and barefoot skiing are demonstrated. Ski jumps are shown. A couple of jumps result in crash landings.
Video Details
15:15; color; sound; CA017, 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

Florida Santa

253090
Date
19-Dec-63
Collection
Video
Description
A Florida Santa presents gifts to two young girls and their mother near a palm tree in Cypress Gardens. He then departs in a small boat loaded with presents. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
1:16; b&w; silent; V-234 AA496; S.828

Five of Florida's Finest

253027
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film tells about five attractions in the St. Petersburg area: the Aquatarium, Tiki Gardens, Sunken Gardens, HMS Bounty and the London Wax Museum.
Video Details
13:27; color; sound; V-91 BA189; S. 828

Florida Beaches: Paradise in Peril

232442
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Description
This film addresses efforts to save Florida's "greatest natural resource," its beaches, from erosion. Officials and scientists from the Florida Department of Natural Resources and the University of Florida's Oceanographic and Coastal Science Departments are shown researching erosion. The film shows ...
Video Details
18:35; color; sound; CA284

Don't Hold Your Breath

252997
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
5:00; color; sound; V-6 AA014; S. 828
Description
In this film, a mermaid at Weeki Wachee demonstrates breath control by diving to the bottom of the spring and performing a free ascent, holding her breath for a total of 2 minutes and 13 seconds. Sponsored by FDC.

Jai-Alai

253271
Date
4-May-79
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, jai-alai players talk about the equipment used to play their game. A promoter explains how bets are placed and winnings are distributed. The film has additional footage of jai-alai players in action. Produced by WFSU-TV.
Video Details
11:35; color; silent and sound; V-191 BA297; S.1239

Jerry Clower: "Hello Doyle"

327106
Date
1989-09-10
Collection
Video
Description
Video greeting from country comedian Jerry Clower to Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Doyle Conner.
Video Details
2:30; color; sound; S1918

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