More Weeki Wachee mermaids

16 Jul

Here’s one from the daily “Mermaids and Pirates” show.

Modern stadium seating.

“Hi” Alta + Ted. Here we are having wonderful time. It’s nice and warm wearing summer clothes. People watering their lawns. Hard to believe it is Jan. See you next month. Love, Theresa, Phil, Lynda, + Theresa Mae. (Jan. 4, 1961)

Quick internet research: This place is still around. I guess the state of Florida recently took it over to save it from closure. The New York Times did their best to make today’s mermaids seem sad and trashy. I can’t believe they only make minimum wage. Holding your breath for four minutes is skilled labor. A costumed rendition of The Little Mermaid seems to be their thing now. Sixty years ago I think the air tube technology was probably enough of an attraction. Some 16mm films on YouTube suggests that drinking cokes underwater used to be a big part of the show.  From 1952:

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