Diver Newt Perry decorating underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park

Diver Newt Perry decorating underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, https://floridamemory.com/items/show/67185
(please include photographer's name when noted).

Title

  • Diver Newt Perry decorating underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park

Image Number

  • C006954

Year

  • 1948

Date Note

  • Photographed on December 11, 1948.

Series Title

General Note

  • Accompanying note: "Accustomed to working at depths even of 100 feet with a face plate and air hose, director Newt Perry stayed submerged two hours as he put the tree in place and supervised its decoration."
  • 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.

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 4 x 5 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 043031.

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