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    • Miami Moonshiners Caught - Duration: 54 seconds.

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      1956: "Moon Over Miami" It Ain't

      Sixty years ago moonshine was still a thing in Miami. It would remain so for some years; a record-breaking seizure of illegal liquor occurred in 1974.

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    • Here Is Your Tangentially Map-Related 1970s Video - Duration: 32 seconds.

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      The Wolfson Archives wanted to salute the Miami International Map Fair, presented by our colleagues at HistoryMiami, with a clip that would reflect South Florida history and relate to maps.

      Someth...
    • Political Icons: Eleanor Roosevelt and...An Elephant - Duration: 77 seconds.

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      1956: Political Symbols Appear in Miami

      1956 was, as 2016 is, an election year, and political passions ran high even though there was no internet and no twenty-four-hour news cycle to fan the flam...
    • GM Motorama 1956: "Dream Cars of the Future" Hit Miami - Duration: 52 seconds.

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      Bubble Tops, Backup Cameras, Radar Steering and Chrome, Chrome, Chrome!

      General Motors' Motorama traveled over America's new highways in a caravan of one hundred trucks, some of which carried the ...
    • GM Motorama 1956: Classy Cars, Ready for Their Closeup - Duration: 52 seconds.

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      Two Glittering Automobiles: One Headed for the Showroom, One Only a Dream

      Two of GM's proudest products shine in the Miami sun in this clip as General Motors image makers capture the glamour on fi...
    • GM Motorama 1956: At Last, Opening Day! - Duration: 2 minutes, 50 seconds.

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      Motorama in Miami

      WTVJ's Keith Leslie reports on the preview of General Motors' Motorama on Dinner Key. Leslie reports in characteristic detail on several of GM's futuristic concept cars in the sh...
    • GM Motorama 1956: GM's Smoothest Ride, America's Biggest Truck - Duration: 119 seconds.

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      GM: Truck Tech Titan

      The arrival of GM's Motorama in Miami had a couple of opening acts: A new GMC truck with air ride suspension and a fifty-ton GM dump truck.

      In this pair of truck-centric sto...
    • GM Motorama 1956: Workers Prepare for a Really Big Show - Duration: 52 seconds.

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      Building a Wondrous World On Wheels

      Workmen assemble the Space-Age facade of General Motors' splashy Motorama on Dinner Key in this WTVJ news story. GM's Motorama was an iconic 1950s event; a gli...
    • Miami's "Store With The Florida Flair" Opens - Duration: 3 minutes, 10 seconds.

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      1956: A Quarter-Million Square Feet of Miami-Style Shopping

      The first Jordan Marsh store in Miami was a big place -- 250,000 square feet on three floors, the "largest ever built in the South unde...
    • Television's Future Stars Go Live! - Duration: 2 minutes, 8 seconds.

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      1986: Teen TV at Highland Oaks Junior High

      WTVJ's Robyn Carter visits a North Dade junior high school to scope out the young TV stars who will be coming after her job in a few years.

      This news st...
    • A Mellow Martin Luther King Day - Duration: 45 seconds.

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      1986: Remembering Dr. King with Jazz in the Park

      This 1986 clip is a souvenir of a mellow King Day celebration from thirty years ago.

      This video and audio is copyrighted/owned by the Lynn and Lou...
    • A Rainy Epiphany In Little Havana - Duration: 82 seconds.

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      1986: A Wet But Wonderful Three Kings Parade

      Little Havana's Three Kings Parade got soaked thirty years ago. This WTVJ story -- reported by a certain "Katherine Couric" -- shows that everything wa...
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  • A Bright Pink Turning Point Play all

    In 1983 Miami's image -- and Miamian's morale -- was at a low ebb. The dislocating effects of the Mariel Boatlift were still being felt; crime was skyrocketing and South Florida, labeled "Paradise Lost" by a "Time" cover story, was in a state of crisis.

    Then in May artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, along with hundreds of volunteers and other collaborators, started wrapping some of the little islands in Biscayne Bay with pink fabric, and joining the fabric on the islands to more that spread across the water. Stretching and stitching, they worked for three days realizing Christo's vision: "Surrounded Islands" -- an audacious, astonishing, beautiful artwork that transformed Biscayne Bay and Miami's image.

    For two weeks "Surrounded Islands" remained in place, enthralling locals, stimulating business and changing the way the world looked at Miami. A fading, crime-ridden beach town bloomed again as the world's media flocked to Miami, not to cover drug smuggling and immigration tensions, but to revel in Christo's paradisiacal pink creation.

    If "Surrounded Islands" was a jewel, Miami was its setting. The world -- and Miamians -- admired both.

    These video clips, selected from the collections of the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, record the excitement and skepticism with which South Floridians greeted "Surrounded Islands" and give a glimpse of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's creative process. Enjoy the clips -- and if you have memories of

    Note: Some of these clips show evidence of playback issues. This is a feature of the archival video sources from which the clips are derived.

    This video and audio is copyrighted/owned by the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives.

    Subscribe to the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives' YouTube channel and tune in to the fascination and fun of Miami and Florida's past, captured on film and video and preserved by the Wolfson Archives at Miami Dade College.
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