This is one in a series of posts inviting our users to learn how to get the most information out of historic photos. We’ll post a new photo mystery every Monday, and then follow up with more information about the image on Friday. Get the conversation started by commenting on the blog and sharing it with your friends and family.
Be a photo detective! What is going on in this picture? Do you have a guess as to what year it might be? Where in Florida could this be?
What people, objects and activities do you notice? Try an artist’s trick. Divide the photo into four quadrants and study each section. What new details do you see?
Based on what you have observed, what can you infer from this photograph? What questions do you have?
Come back on Friday when we will update the post with more identifying information!
For Teachers: Photo interpretation is a great critical thinking activity for students. The Photo Analysis Worksheet from the National Archives lets you use any photo on Florida Memory as an opportunity to analyze primary source documents.
Astute blog reader Susan noticed the contrast between the squeaky clean set and the natural background. Here’s a view of the set before it was lowered into the water.
And we had a real mermaid join us in the comments!
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