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Vintage Postcards Showing Underwater Mermaids From Weeki Wachee, Florida

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Vintage Postcard of Mermaid from Weeki Wachee, Florida

Vintage Postcard of Mermaid from Weeki Wachee, Florida

Weeki Wachee Springs

This article will portray some of the vintage postcards of underwater mermaids that my grandparents would have acquired many years ago on their vacations before they gained vintage status. My guess would place these as being anywhere from 50 to 60 years of age and perhaps even older.

Weeki Wachee Springs is in the central part of the State of Florida near the west coast. This aquatic attraction is at the intersection of State Road 50 and Highway 19 which is just north of Spring Hill and south of Homosassa Springs.

None of these postcards show copyrights.

Written on the back of the one at the top of this page is the following:

One of the thrilling scenes to be witnessed at amazing Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida.

Color Photo by Ted Lagerberg

Weeki Wachee spring-fed pool measures 165 feet by 210 feet in circumference. At its center, the depth is 45 feet. Algae and grasses grow on the bottom. Like so many other springs in Florida, Weeki Wachee provides crystal clear water giving unlimited visibility for this attraction which began its life in 1947.

Becoming A Mermaid

An ex-Navy frogman by the name of Newton Perry decided to teach interested young females to learn breathing techniques getting their oxygen from an air hose enabling them to perform underwater activities for an audience. Thus, the idea of the Weeki Wachee Mermaids was born and evolved into what tourists can still see today.

An underwater theater that currently seats 400 people was built, and tourists can look through the clear glass and watch the orchestrated performances of these bathing beauties who perform.

Becoming a mermaid takes a significant amount of training to be able to gain sufficient air from the hose and then do their tricks like drinking soda from a bottle for minutes at a time before taking in more air. The mermaids swim and do acrobatic skills all while holding their breath underwater.

Back in the late nineteen forties and early 1950s, this became quite an attraction.

Vintage Postcard of Beautiful Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida

Vintage Postcard of Beautiful Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida

World's Original Underwater Show

On the back of the postcard above is the following:

Beautiful Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida, famous attraction, where thrilling performances underwater of the lovely swimmers constantly amaze the onlookers.

Color Photo by Ted Lagerberg

Weeki Wachee Springs is part of a 538-acre Florida State Park. A portion of the land is leased to a private firm to operate these mermaid shows.

Vintage Postcard of Mermaids from Weeki Wachee, Florida

Vintage Postcard of Mermaids from Weeki Wachee, Florida

Bevy of Beauties

This card above has the following on the back:

The underwater ballet troupe of shapely maidens who perform feats of grace and endurance in the crystal clear waters of Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida.

Color Photo by Ted Lagerberg

The Weeki Wachee River flows west and meets the Gulf of Mexico a mere five miles away. Fish and turtles exist in the water and even an occasional manatee might be sighted.

Vintage Postcard of Beautiful Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida

Vintage Postcard of Beautiful Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida

Vintage Postcard

On the flip side of this vintage postcard above is the following:

WEEKI WACHEE "SPRING OF THE MERMAIDS"

World's original and only all underwater theatre. Florida's most exciting and amazing attraction. The Mermaids perform underwater for thirty long minutes! "You must see it to believe it." Located on U.S. 19 at Florida 50; sixty miles north of St. Petersburg.

Photo by Ted Lagerberg

Today, in addition to viewing the underwater performers in the submerged theater, there are riverboat cruises as well as other boating activities available on the Weeki Wachee River. There are also animal shows, and a water park (by the name of Buccaneer Bay) operates during the season.

Vintage Postcard of Mermaids from Weeki Wachee, Florida

Vintage Postcard of Mermaids from Weeki Wachee, Florida

Poetry in Motion

On the back of this vintage postcard above reads the following:

Poetry in Motion. The beautiful underwater ballet troupe of shapely mermaids who perform amazing feats of grace and endurance at The Spring of the Mermaids, world-famous Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida.

Color Photo by Ted Lagerberg

Vintage Postcard of Underwater Theater at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida

Vintage Postcard of Underwater Theater at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida

Giant Postcard

The flipside of the postcard above reads as follows:

The famous Underwater Theater at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida.

Color photo by Ted Lagerberg

This oversized "GIANT POSTCARD" measuring 6 1/2 inches by 9 inches would have called for a 3 cent stamp. My how times have changed!

Map showing location of Weeki Wachee Springs

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

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