Greetings from Weeki Wachee, Florida


Dublin Core


Greetings from Weeki Wachee, Florida

Alternative Title

Holiday Inn, Weeki Wachee, Florida


Weeki Wachee Springs (Fla.)


A postcard depicting several Weeki Wachee mermaids lounging around the pool of the local Holiday Inn with the words "Greetings From Weeki Wachee, Florida" printed on the front. The back of the postcard features an ad for the Holiday Inn that lists the hotels amenities and location. The postcard was mailed with an 8 cent Eisenhower stamp to Randolph, New York, in 1975. The author, Helen, describes her activities in Florida. She went swimming and was planning to go to the Red Fish for dinner.

Along with a group of investors, Newton Perry opened Weeki Wachee Springs to the public in October of 1947. At the time, roadside attractions were becoming popular stops along Florida roadways. The attraction consisted of an amalgamation of vendors, an orchid garden, a river boat tour, as well as the star attraction: a mermaid show that took place in an underwater theater. Eventually, the May Museum of the Tropics, an "abandoned Seminole village", a show called “Birds of Prey”, and a petting zoo were added. After peaking in the 1950s and 1960s, attendance began to decline as theme parks and highways changed the dynamics of Florida's tourism. The State of Florida took over the attraction as a state park in 2008. Since then, the park has focused on appealing to a modern audience while preserving its history.


Holiday Inn
Long, Claude
Curteich Color


Original color postcard by Holiday Inn, Claude Long and Curteich Color: Weeki Wachee Springs State Park Weeki Wachee, Florida.


Date Created

ca. 1970-1975

Date Copyrighted

ca. 1970-1975

Date Issued

ca. 1975


Chase, Helen

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original color postcard by Holiday Inn, Claude Long and Curteich Color.

Is Part Of

Weeki Wachee Collection, Hernando County Collection, RICHES.




14.0 MB


color postcard




Still Images


Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Weeki Wachee, Florida
Brooksville, Florida

Accrual Method



History Teacher
Humanities Teacher


Originally created and published by Holiday Inn, Claude Long and Curteich Color.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and is provided here by RICHES for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Rebecca Schwandt's Thesis Project


Schwandt, Rebecca

Digital Collection

External Reference

Allman, T.D. Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013.
Ammidown, Margot. "Edens, Underworlds, and Shrines: Florida’s Small Tourist Attractions." The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts 23, 1998, 238-259. Accessed November 9, 2018.
Georgiadis, Bonnie and Lu Vickers. Weeki Wachee mermaids: thirty years of underwater photography. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012.
Mermaid Tails: Florida's Tourist Springs. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2006.
Pelland, Maryan. Weeki Wachee Springs. Arcadia Publishing Inc, 2006. .
Revels, Tracy J. Sunshine Paradise: A History of Florida Tourism. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011.
Vickers, Lu, and Sara Dionne. Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida's Oldest Roadside Attractions. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007.


Holiday Inn, Long, Claude, and Curteich Color, “Greetings from Weeki Wachee, Florida,” RICHES, accessed July 22, 2024,