In the postwar explosion of domestic tourism, Weeki Wachee Spring offered the quintessential vacation fantasy, a city of colorful mermaids in a natural crystal spring right off the West Coast highway in a sparsely inhabited 1947 Florida. Travelers headed south to playgrounds in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Tampa found Weeki Wachee a tantalizing detour from the grueling two-lane road connecting vacation-land with the work-a-day world to the north. Vickers and Dionne show how that local novelty became a stellar international attraction. Weeki Wachee and its featured attraction, mermaids, combined the allure of pinup girls with the wholesome talents of variety entertainers to create a daily schedule of underwater acts ranging from eating bananas and performing ballet to staging underwater musicals. For nearly 60 years, these mermaids with their underwater talents have attracted crowds of vacationers, film crews, and celebrities. Drawing on extensive archival research as well as interviews with dozens of mermaids and other park employees, Vickers traces the park's rise to prominence. Combined with Dionne's arrangement of 250 photos, the resulting work shows what it was like to be a mermaid at Weeki Wachee in its heyday.
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0813030412 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW4.0489735
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1st. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0813030412