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Divers decorating underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park.
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 Weissmuller (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.
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Divers decorating underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park. 1948-12-11. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/67188>, accessed 30 July 2021.
Divers decorating underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park. 1948-12-11. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/67188>.