Friday, April 29, 2011

Postcard: Aquamaids @ Florida's Cypress Gardens (via Papergreat)

Florida's famed Cypress Gardens and the aquamaids: " [[excerpt of full article]]

From Papergreat: (This entry is a reworking of a pair of posts that originally appeared on Relics in January 2010.)

Pictured above is the front cover of a pocket-sized, fold-out brochure for Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida. It is from the 1950s or 1960s. Inside, the brochure touts:
'The world famous aquamaids and champions star in four water ski shows daily. 'America's Tropical Wonderland,' a combination of beautiful girls in old fashions amid settings of tropical plants and flowers. Truly a photographer's paradise featured in movies, television, newsreels and magazine covers.'
The admission rates printed on the brochure were $1.50 or $2, depending on the time of year. Children ages 12 to 16 got in for a mere 35 cents, while children under age 12 got in for free.

The aquamaids were the big attraction.

There's more waterskiing wonders and weird motel postcards at dotpattern: the digital museum of collecting. I'm not if sure this is the aquamaids pictured below, but they are from the south.

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