Type-a-matic

253587
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows a demonstration of an early automatic typewriter. A person types a letter and the information is punched into a paper roll. The roll is played back like a player piano, and the punches trigger the typewriter. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
1:10; b&w; silent; V-75 AA147; S. 828

Taylor and Dixie County Logging

232406
Date
late 1930s - early 1940s
Collection
Video
Video Details
07:54; color; silent
Description
This rare home movie footage was shot in color by Charles L. "Buster" Borklund Jr. in Taylor and Dixie counties during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Borklund, an avid photographer, was an employee of Brooks Scanlon Lumber Company for 37 years, serving in many capacities, including timekeeper, paym...

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

Betty Skelton Day

232397
Date
July 11, 1948
Collection
Video
Description
Footage of a ceremony honoring Betty Skelton, the U.S. Feminine Aerobatic Stunt Flying Champion, held at the Tampa, Florida Airport. The US Army Air Corps Band plays as Betty Skelton appears and waves to the camera. A number of planes are shown performing aerial stunts and trick flying. A biplane to...
Video Details
7:38; B&W; silent; FLBA004; Media 1979-10

Mullet Country

253339
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Description
This film uses a folk song as musical introduction and then shows mullet fisherman setting nets at night. It shows scenes around Florida and a sequence of Seminoles in the Everglades. The script says, "The mullet has a long and distinguished history." Viewers see large scale net setting near a beach...
Video Details
13:50; color; sound; V-116 CA212; S. 828

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

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

253276
Date
1963
Collection
Video
Description
This film is adapted from the movie "Twilight World." There is excellent underwater footage, including hard hat diving, two-hose scuba, a re-breather with full-face mask, a two-person sub, a diver propulsion vehicle, divers with an octopus, a moray eel, an underwater photographer, a Spanish wreck an...
Video Details
20:50; color; sound; V-38 CA040; S. 828

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.

Blountstown

252902
Date
1978
Collection
Video
Description
This film begins with scenes from a WFSU-TV program on Blountstown and a community gathering. An elderly African-American man splits logs and a country band plays spiritual music. A local barber, Mr. Whitley, and an elderly female store owner talk about their lives in Blountstown. Also includes foo...
Video Details
21:43; color; silent and sound; V-213 DA124; 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

A Day at the Zoo

252977
Date
Early 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows a family visiting the Jacksonville Zoo. It shows animals in concrete and chicken wire enclosures, elephants eating cotton candy from the visitors, and monkeys playing on their playground equipment. The narrator makes many cutesy comments as the animals are shown. The family has lunch...
Video Details
23:45; color; sound; V-79 DA027; S. 828

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 camer...
Video Details
6:46; color; silent; V-258; BA437

Scenes of the Everglades

232400
Date
1928
Collection
Video
Video Details
40:22; B&W; silent; N2009-2
Description
Businessman and adventurer Homer Augustus Brinkley produced this film in 1928 to illustrate the exotic environment found in the Everglades. Brinkley lived among the Seminoles in the Everglades for several months. He later used the film in a traveling show that included a live caged bear and himself...

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...

Citrus Boulevard

252948
Date
1965
Collection
Video
Description
This film provides a look at Highway 27 on the way to Miami. Viewers see: Silver Springs; Leesburg; the Citrus Tower with high scenic vistas of orange groves; and an amphibious vehicle. A model swipes an orange from a tree in the Governor's Grove where each tree, "belongs" to a state governor. The f...
Video Details
13:30; color; sound; V-10 BA113; S. 828

National Governors' Conference

232454
Date
1963
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows scenes from the 1963 National Governors' Conference, held July 21-24 at the Hotel Deauville in Miami Beach, Florida. The film begins with scenes of a pressroom with reporters hard at work. It then shifts to shots of George Wallace, Alabama; Farris Bryant, Florida; and Nelson Rockefel...
Video Details
26:10; B&W; sound; V-62 DA032; S. 828

Action Center USA

232384
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows a modern man of business and his lifestyle in Orlando, the action center of the fastest-growing state. He drives a Chevrolet convertible, has a wife and two children, and lives in a modern suburban home with a pool. This is pre-Disney World, and the film predicts its benefits. It sho...
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-19 CA041; S. 828

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

Vice President Johnson at National Governor's Conference

232434
Date
July 1963
Collection
Video
Description
Starts with a military honor guard carrying an enormous cake into the gala dinner. Governor Bryant cuts the cake and the speeches begin. Johnson's remarks include comments on the unity of the U.S., "omens of change in the climate between the East and West," a reference to the Cuban missile crisis ("...
Video Details
25:55; B&W; sound; DA033

Florida Fishcapade

232453
Date
ca. 1964
Collection
Video
Description
The film begins with a family in an inboard motorboat leaving a dock on the Homosassa River to go fishing, with the Florida Marine Patrol giving advice and checking safety gear. The family fishes, skies, picnics, goes to Marco Pass and sees college boys fishing. The film also includes footage of Mia...
Video Details
13:30; color; sound; V-24 CA034; S. 828

Billy Lundy, Civil War Vet

244388
Date
1955
Collection
Video
Video Details
(1955 / 4:00; B&W; silent; V-125 AA185; M88-009)
Description
This film’s first scenes are of Bill Lundy, a Civil War veteran, on his 107th birthday. He is seen posing with a birthday cake and a small group of women and men in uniform. Next, wearing an Air Force helmet and flight suit, Lundy poses beside an Air Force jet fighter and its pilot. He is shown ...

Daytona 500

252975
Date
Feb-64
Collection
Video
Description
This film has scenes of pre-race time trials, including several crashes and spinouts. It uses a camera mounted behind a driver in some shots. Then, viewers see scenes of a race, a car and a mechanic on fire during a pit stop, and winner, Tiny Lund, celebrating his victory. Produced by FDC.
Video Details
2:00; b&w; sound; V-100 AA116; S. 828

Luna Plantation

243140
Date
ca. 1940s
Collection
Video
Description
This film has beautiful footage of the Luna Plantation in Leon County. This footage is composed of four combined short films. There are scenes showing: quail hunting; people on the plantation steps; a woman taking photographs; plowing with a sit-down plow; two children playing with a wagon/strolle...
Video Details
13:00; B&W; silent; V-149 M88-08

Three Fathoms to a Fortune

253564
Date
early 1970s
Collection
Video
Description
This film describes the "Real 8 Co. "and their treasure hunting efforts. It shows equipment preparation, divers going down, finding a mass of coins in a lump and raising the mass. A man from the Florida State Board of Antiquities takes notes. It shows the opening ceremony of the Museum of Sunken Tre...
Video Details
13:35; color; sound; V-90 BA028; S. 828

When You Need It Bad, We've Got It Good

232430
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Description
Uses a lively jingle, stock footage of northern snow scenes, and quick cuts of everything you can find in Florida. This is the ultimate in packing every aspect of Florida into a single film. It begins with a sequence of old photos of famous visitors to Florida, then proceeds to take the genre to the...
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; CA016; V-80

Bouncing Baby

232392
Date
1916
Collection
Video
Video Details
12:12; B&W; silent; V-92; ba016; S. 828
Description
This film is a one-reel comedy made in 1916 in Jacksonville.

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

Alligator!

232440
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Description
Describes the alligator as a keystone species. Introduces the symbol of the Flood Control District, a cartoon alligator called Freddy. Brings in the job of the Flood Control District. Says that alligators help the Flood Control District by digging holes that become storage ponds. A natural history f...
Video Details
14:20; color; sound; CA043

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

Silversides the Tarpon

253506
Date
Late 1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
8:30; color; sound; V-43 BA008; S. 828
Description
This film shows tarpon fishing near Islamorada from a small outboard boat. The fish are magnificent. The editing is rough and the narration by the filmmaker is "home movie" style. It has wonderful photography, including a glimpse of a great white shark. Produced by E.W. Dutton.

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