Azalea Fringed Lagoon in Cypress Gardens Postcard

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Title

Azalea Fringed Lagoon in Cypress Gardens Postcard

Alternative Title

Cypress Gardens Postcard

Subject

Winter Haven (Fla.)
Theme parks
Flowers--Florida

Description

A postcard depicting the an azalea-fringed lagoon in Cypress Gardens. Billed as Florida's first commercial tourist theme park, Cypress Gardens opened on January 2, 1936, as a botanical garden planted by Dick Pope, Sr. (1900-1988) and his wife, Julie Pope. Over the years, it became one of the biggest attractions in Florida, known for its water ski shows, lush gardens, and Southern Belles. It also became known as the "Water Ski Capital of the World," because many of the sport's landmark firsts and the over 50 world records broken there. Numerous motion pictures were filmed at the Cypress Gardens, including portions of This is Cinerama, the first feature filmed in the widescreen format, as well as a string of Esther Williams films and television specials in the 1950s and 1960s.

In the 1950s, young women dressed in the crinolines reminiscent of the Antebellum South. During the American Civil War Centennial, young men dressed in Confederate uniforms would be photographed with the Southern Belles. With the addition of a custom photography boat named Miss Cover Girl in the early 1960s, the park became a popular site for the filming of television commercials. However, Cypress Gardens closed in 2009 and Legoland occupies the former lot at 1 Legoland Way in Winter Haven, Florida.

Creator

Tichnor Bros., Inc.

Source

Original 9 x 14 centimeter color postcard by Tichnor Bros., Inc.: Private Collection of Bob Van Horn.

Date Created

ca. 1936-1959

Contributor

Van Horn, Bob

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 9 x 14 centimeter color postcard by Tichnor Bros., Inc.

Is Part Of

Winter Haven Collection, Polk County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

application/pdf

Extent

371 KB

Medium

9 x 14 centimeter color postcard

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Cypress Gardens, Winter Haven, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Tichnor Bros., Inc.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Bob Van Horn and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"Cypress Gardens Adventure Park." Florida Amusement Parks .com. http://www.floridaamusementparks.com/resources/Cypress-Gardens-Adventure-Park.html.
Flekke, Mary M., Sarah E. MacDonald, and Randall M. MacDonald. Cypress Gardens. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2006.
Rajtar, Steve. A Guide to Historic Orlando. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2006.

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