Photo, Print, Drawing Two Women on Water Skis Wearing Tutus and White Gloves.
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- Two Women on Water Skis Wearing Tutus and White Gloves.
- Dick and Julie Pope founded Cypress Gardens in 1936, one of the many roadside attractions that began to line the highways of Florida and other U.S. states in the 1920s. Located between Orlando and Tampa in Winter Haven, the lush botanical gardens attracted tourists driving south through central Florida on U.S. Highway 27, known as the Orange Blossom Trail. During the early 1940s, Pope hired women to walk around the park wearing antebellum-style dresses. He introduced water-skiing shows during World War II to entertain soldiers who visited the gardens. The displays at Cypress Gardens helped inspire greater regional and national interest in competitive skiing, and by the 1950s Cypress Gardens was known as the water-skiing capital of the world. It was also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Florida, and thereby paved the way for much larger theme parks, such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. In this image from the 1960s, female skiers perform a synchronized act combining ballet, the charm of the mythic Southern belle, and undisguised female physical allure--all behind a speeding boat while smiling for the camera. The photograph was produced for the Florida Department of Commerce, which used shots such as this one to promote tourism to the state.
- Florida. Department of Commerce Producer.
Created / Published
- [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1960.
- - United States of America--Florida--Cypress Gardens
- - 1960
- - Attractions
- - Ballerinas
- - Entertainers
- - Tutus (Ballet skirts)
- - Water skiing
- - Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
- - Original resource extent: 1 photoprint : black and white ; 5 x 4 inches.
- - Original resource at: State Library and Archives of Florida.
- - Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
- 1 online resource.
- Department of Commerce Collection
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Chicago citation style:
Florida. Department Of Commerce Producer. Two Women on Water Skis Wearing Tutus and White Gloves. Cypress Gardens United States of America Florida, 1960. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021669938/.
APA citation style:
Florida. Department Of Commerce Producer. (1960) Two Women on Water Skis Wearing Tutus and White Gloves. Cypress Gardens United States of America Florida, 1960. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021669938/.
MLA citation style:
Florida. Department Of Commerce Producer. Two Women on Water Skis Wearing Tutus and White Gloves. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021669938/>.