The Spring of the Mermaids

Weeki Wachee PostcardThis real photo postcard features one of the mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs. Beginning in 1947, Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs has been the home of underwater mermaid shows on Florida’s gulf coast. Visitors could watch the underwater shows from an 18-seat submerged theater, a concept that would be expanded upon a few years later at the Aquarena Springs park in San Marcos, Texas.

Marine Studios

Marine Studios PostcardMarine Studios, aka Marineland, published by Florida Souvenir Co. and printed by Tichnor. On the back:

HAND FEEDING JUMPING PORPOISES
Marine Studios, Marineland, Fla.
The famous Jumping Porpoises at Marineland, Fla., are fed by hand several times daily by a feeding attendant. A diver also feeds the large variety of marine specimens under water.

Also found on the back is this message:

“Dear Mrs. Allen,
We were at the oldest house in St. Augustine & then came here to Marineland yesterday. It really was interesting to see them feed the porpoises. It sure is nice to be here where its nice and warm. We tried to go to an Easter Sunrise Service in St. Augustine – but got there just as the people were leaving! Did get to church later on though. Love, Ruth.”

Aquarena Gift Shop

Aquarena Gift Shop PostcardThis chrome postcard was published by W.M. Cline and shows the gift shop at the Aquarena amusement park in San Marcos, Texas. I’ll guess that the photo was taken in the early or middle ’60s. On the back:

AQUARENA, San Marcos, Texas. Interior view of Aquarena’s famous Souvenir Gift Shop. This is one of the Southwest’s most outstanding tourist shops and is unsurpassed in architectural beauty.

Alpine Swiss Sky Ride

Aquarena Springs PostcardThe “launching pad” for the Sky Ride at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos, Texas. Besides being a fond memory for thousands of Texans, the amusement park also has the distinction of being the location for the 1978 film Piranha. The spectacular Victorian Gothic structure seen in the distance is “Old Main”, the first building erected, in 1903, at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Aerial View of Aquarena

Aquarena Springs PostcardOne of the least common of the many Aquarena Springs postcards. This linen aerial view of the Texas amusement park was produced by Curt Teich. On the back:

Aquarena is located on the banks of Spring Lake, the famous headwater of the San Marcos River. Nature has blessed this area with an abundance of Flora and Fauna in a background setting of rugged hill country.