Mermaid Mary Windsor on scooter from "Santa" Newt Perry ten feet underwater at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park - Weeki Wachee, Florida

Mermaid Mary Windsor on scooter from "Santa" Newt Perry ten feet underwater at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park - Weeki Wachee, Florida


Image Number

  • C006961

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.

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 2 x 2 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 043101.

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Mermaid Mary Windsor on scooter from "Santa" Newt Perry ten feet underwater at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park - Weeki Wachee, Florida
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Mermaid Mary Windsor on scooter from "Santa" Newt Perry ten feet underwater at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park - Weeki Wachee, Florida. 1948. Black & white photoprint, 2 x 2 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/67191>, accessed 12 February 2016.

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Mermaid Mary Windsor on scooter from "Santa" Newt Perry ten feet underwater at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park - Weeki Wachee, Florida. 1948. Black & white photoprint. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 12 Feb. 2016.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/67191>.

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