Divers decorating underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park

Divers decorating underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park


Image Number

  • C006957

Year

  • 1948

Date Note

  • Photographed on December 11, 1948.

Series Title

General Note

  • L-R: June Manson, Newton Perry (diver in water), Howe Sadler and Carl Livingston.
  • Accompanying note: "Here workers fill the balls with water and hand them down to a swimmer, who will take them below."
  • 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: 043113.

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Chicago Manual of Style

Divers decorating underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park. 1948. Black & white photoprint, 4 x 5 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/67188>, accessed 30 July 2016.

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Divers decorating underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park. 1948. Black & white photoprint. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 30 Jul. 2016.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/67188>.

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