Santa Claus underwater - Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida

271256
Date
1948
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
C006958

Mermaid Who Couldn't Swim

253319
Date
ca. 1964.
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:40; color; sound; V-103 BA070; S. 828
Description
This film tells the story of a girl applying to become a mermaid at Weeki Wachee. It shows behind-the-scenes situations. This particular girl supposedly cannot swim (except underwater). She learns to perform and reveals that she "can't swim," but it is okay and the film ends.

Makeup staff working on Ann Blyth's wig between scenes - Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida

149883
Date
1948
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
N041802

Alton Smith and Al Zaebst preparing to load a captured alligator into their canoe - Weeki Wachee River, Florida

67221
Date
1948
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
C007006

Alton Smith and Al Zaebst loading captured alligator into their canoe - Weeki Wachee River, Florida

67224
Date
1948
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
C007013

Alton Smith and Al Zaebst securing captured alligator - Weeki Wachee River, Florida

67225
Date
1948
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
C007015

Alton Smith and Al Zaebst loading a captured alligator into their canoe - Weeki Wachee River, Florida

67227
Date
1948
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
C007017

Alton Smith and Al Zaebst capturing an alligator - Weeki Wachee River, Florida

67230
Date
1948
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
C007022

Al Zaebst "fishing" for an alligator - Weeki Wachee River, Florida

67269
Date
1948
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
C007081

Alton Smith and Al Zaebst hunting for alligators - Weeki Wachee River, Florida

67361
Date
1948
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
C007306

Al Zaebst removing thorn from Fanny - Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida

69547
Date
1948
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
C012580

Al Zaebst with pet monkey Fanny - Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida

69548
Date
1948
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
C012581

Alton Smith and Al Zaebst smoke and talk over alligator hunting hazards - Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida

67223
Date
1948
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
C007009

Care and Feeding of a Mermaid

232381
Date
December 1961
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows how a young woman learns to be a mermaid at Weeki Wachee. Viewers see lessons in breath control, synchronized swimming, diet, modeling, announcing, and how to eat and drink underwater. Parts of a performance are shown. The film uses underwater photography.
Video Details
8:50; B&W; sound; V-8 BA009; S. 828

Mermaid Turtle Race

267728
Collection
Video
Description
This silent film shows three Weeki Wachee mermaids putting on fins and heading into the spring to find a turtle. Each mermaid finds a turtle and brings it onto the bank for a race. At the end of the race, the other mermaids congratulate the winner and her turtle.
Video Details
01:32; B&W; silent; AA536; V-251
Type
Moving Image

Don Knotts at the premiere of his movie - Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida.

56611
Date
1964
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
c015710a

Don Knotts at the premiere of his movie - Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida.

56612
Date
1964
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
c015710b

Alton Smith and Al Zaebst hunting for alligators - Weeki Wachee River, Florida

67360
Date
1948
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
C007302

New Underwater Theatre at the Weeki Wachee Springs waterpark.

268915
Date
Between 1959 and 1965
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
PC12035

Young women drinking Grapette underwater during a performance as mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs.

325466
Date
1949
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
DG02479

Nancy Tribble (later Benda) being fed grapes during a performance as a mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs.

325467
Date
1949
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
DG02494

Nancy Tribble (later Benda) eating grapes during a performance as a mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs.

325468
Date
1949
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
DG02493

Nancy Tribble (later Benda) eating a banana during a performance as a mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs.

325469
Date
1949
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
DG02492

Nancy Tribble (later Benda) performing as a mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs.

325472
Date
1949
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
DG02489

Mermaid underwater feeding fish during a performance at Weeki Wachee Springs.

325479
Date
1949
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
DG02482

Mermaid underwater feeding ducks during a performance at Weeki Wachee Springs.

325480
Date
1949
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
DG02481

Mermaid performers at Weeki Wachee Springs.

325465
Date
1949
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
DG02495

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