Florida Cypress Gardens Booklet

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Title

Florida Cypress Gardens Booklet

Alternative Title

Cypress Gardens Booklet

Subject

Cypress Gardens (Winter Haven, Fla.)
Winter Haven (Fla.)
Amusement parks--Florida
Botanical gardens--Florida--Orlando
Flowers--Florida

Description

Cypress Gardens Booklet from the 1950s that includes information on plants, Cypress Gardens' water-ski show, and motion pictures filmed at 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. and his wife Julie. Over the years, it became one of the biggest attractions in Florida, known for its water ski shows, lush gardens, and Southern Belles. It 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 wide-screen 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. Legoland occupies the former lot.

Source

Original booklet: Florida Cypress Gardens (Orlando, Florida: Litho U.S.A. Vaughan). Private Collection of Thomas Cook.

Publisher

Litho U.S.A. Vaughan

Date Created

ca. 1950

Date Copyrighted

ca. 1950

Contributor

Middleton, Grace
Cook, Thomas

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original booklet: Florida Cypress Gardens (Orlando, Florida: Litho U.S.A. Vaughan).

Is Part Of

Private Collection of Thomas Cook.
Thomas Cook Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

application/pdf

Extent

15.5 MB

Medium

34 page booklet

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Winter Haven, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida

Spatial Coverage

27.989311, -81.688649
27.981858, -81.704814

Temporal Coverage

1950-01-01/1950-12-31

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally published by Litho U.S.A. Vaughan.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Litho U.S.A. Vaughan and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cook, Thomas

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Thomas Cook

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.

Transcript

Florida
CYPRESS GARDENS

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34 page booklet

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