What creatures lurk in the collections on Florida Memory? Check out our top five, then nominate a few of your own!
5 . Giant Fish
“The lively portraiture of a fish called the Dolphin… The top of his back and all his fins be blue, all his sides are of light green… He is very pleasant to behold in the sea by day light, and in the night he seemeth to be of the colour of gold.” Excerpt from a map by Italian cartographer Baptiste Boazio depicting Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 raid on St. Augustine (1589).
Mermaid checking her hair in a mirror: Weeki Wachee, Florida (1960).
3. Writhing Swamp
Lithograph of a Florida swamp (1800s).
2. Alligator Dragon
Envelope decorated by Herbert A. Franke and addressed to Koreshan Unity president Hedwig Michel in Estero, Florida (ca. 1972).
1. The Creature
Ginger Stanley in the grip of the Creature From the Black Lagoon at Silver Springs, Florida (1955).
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On March 5, 1954, Universal International Pictures released Creature from the Black Lagoon.
The creature emerges from Wakulla Springs, ca. 1953
The film’s plot centered around an Amazonian expedition gone awry when a scientific team encountered the mysterious “Gill Man.” The creature became enamored with a member of the team, played by Julie Adams, and kidnapped her after escaping from the scientists’ grasp.