Florida History in Motion


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ounded in 1984, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives houses over 35,000 hours of video tape and 23 million feet of film. A local television news collection dates to the late 1940s, with footage from landmark television station WTVJ (first in Florida, 18th in the nation) as well as WPLG, WCKT, WCIX, and WINK. A television documentaries collection covers the topics of immigration, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Program, presidential elections, and many more global events and trends that have played out on the Florida stage. Finally, home movie holdings of over 3000 reels dating to the 1910s bring long-gone buildings, attractions, and folkways alive for new generations. Read More Here

 

YouTube: 70s Tech: Barcodes!
JAN 22 2015

YouTube: 70s Tech: Barcodes!

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WTVJ Broward County reporter Kerry Millerick reports on a new technology from the Sam Solomon catalog showroom in Pompano Beach: Bar-coded price tags, first used for a commercial sale just six months before this January 1975 story aired. This clip may induce Retail Nostalgia as you hear the now-familiar beeping sound of the barcode reader….

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YouTube: Broward Hits 100!
JAN 21 2015

YouTube: Broward Hits 100!

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Broward County celebrates its centennial this year and the Wolfson Archives is joining the party. From time to time we’ll post film and video from our collection that captures the people and places that made Broward County what it is today. First up — a clip of the Stranahan House, Broward’s oldest, in 1975 —…

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YouTube: Happy Birthday, Duane Hanson!
JAN 16 2015

YouTube: Happy Birthday, Duane Hanson!

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Artist Duane Hanson, known for his hyper-realistic cast sculptures, was born on January 17, 1925 in Alexandria, Minnesota. Later he moved to South Florida, working and exhibiting here. Our celebratory clip features Hanson installing his work at the Lowe Museum in 1981.

REWIND on MDCTV: “FYI: The Plight of Pepito”
JAN 14 2015

REWIND on MDCTV: “FYI: The Plight of Pepito”

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In 1961 six year old Orlando Lopez stood in for thousands of Cuban refugees on local TV when he appeared as “Pepito” in the WTVJ News special report “FYI: The Plight of Pepito.” Years later Orlando visited the Archives and said, “I’m Pepito!” The new episode of “Rewind,” the Wolfson Archives’ television show co-produced with…

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YouTube: Commemorating King
JAN 14 2015

YouTube: Commemorating King

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Miamians didn’t need a federal holiday to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy. This WTVJ news footage of a commemorative parade, held on King’s birthday in 1975, captures the spirit of marchers and onlookers alike. Lots of neighborhood kids, including students from Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School and Miami Northwestern High, were on…

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