Mary Darlington adjusting "Santa" Newt Perry's beard before he goes underwater at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park

Mary Darlington adjusting "Santa" Newt Perry's beard before he goes underwater at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, https://floridamemory.com/items/show/67182
(please include photographer's name when noted).

Title

  • Mary Darlington adjusting "Santa" Newt Perry's beard before he goes underwater at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park

Image Number

  • C006951

Year

  • 1948

Date Note

  • Photographed on December 11, 1948.

Series Title

General Note

  • Newt Perry worked as a performer and promoter for Silver Springs and managed Wakulla Springs before opening Weeki Wachee Springs, famed for its underwater mermaid shows, which Perry designed. He was also instrumental for the filming of MGM's "Tarzan Finds a Son!" (1939), originally titled "Tarzan in Exile", at Silver Springs and "Tarzan's Secret Treasure" (1941) at Wakulla Springs through his friendship with filmmaker Grantland Rice and actor-swimmer Johnny Weismuller (who played Tarzan). He also influenced Universal Studio's decision to film the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and its two sequels in Florida (including Wakulla and Silver Springs) as well as the hiring of local swimmer Ricou Browning to portray the Creature. Perry spent much of his later life working as a swimming instructor in Ocala, Florida.

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 5 x 4 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 043023.

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