Thursday, July 23, 2009

Silver Springs, Florida

Today's postcards focus on underwater shots. I saw diver's in the water here a couple of times when I was a kid but I don't have any specific memory if they were male or female and I believe they were in scuba gear and not dressed like these ladies. The springs were also used for the 50's television show "Sea Hunt" starring Lloyd Bridges.

K-7553 - Posing in a large sea shell Betty Fazee demonstrates the clarity of the water at Florida's Silver Springs.

NCP-4008 - Pretty model Betty Frazee poses with a school of fish in the crystal clear water of Florida's Silver Springs.

8CK1690 - The "Fish-Kingdom" as seen through safe, electrically-propelled, glass-bottom boats at beautiful Florida's Silver Springs near friendly Ocala.

K-7557 - The clarity of the water at Florida's Silver Springs is shown in this picture of divers below the surface.

K-7555 - To demonstrate the clarity of water Betty Frazee drinks a coke beneath the surface of the Springs.

L-7223 - Fish in crystal clear water as seen from Photo Subs.


  1. Until these postings, I did not realize Silver Springs included aspects similar to both Cypress Gardens and Weeki Wachee.

    The James Bond-like fetishism here astounds me, but I must admit succumbing to entrancement.

    How did Betty Frazee drink a Coke underwater? Without drowning? I don't even know how to open my eyes underwater or hold my breath.

    I think they filmed Tarzan movies at Silver Springs, too.

  2. According to Silver Springs was used as a filming location for the following movies and TV shows:

    1. "Sea Hunt" (1958) TV Series
    2. Blindfold (1965)
    3. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
    4. Cross Creek (1983)
    5. Distant Drums (1951)
    6. Glimpses of Florida (1941)
    7. Jupiter's Darling (1955)
    8. Legend (1985)
    9. Moon Over Miami (1941)
    10. Moonraker (1979)
    11. Never Say Never Again (1983)
    13. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
    14. Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)
    15. Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)
    16. Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)
    17. The Barefoot Mailman (1951)
    18. The Wild Women of Wongo (1958)
    19. The Yearling (1946)
    20. Thunderball (1965)
    21. Underwater! (1955)

  3. Really! I loved THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON as a little girl. When I referenced James Bond, I had no idea three of his movies were filmed there. It makes sense to shoot CROSS CREEK at the same location as THE YEARLING. LEGEND always seemed so other-worldly, I never realized it was our own backyard. I wonder which parts of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE show Silver Springs. Apart from interiors, all I can remember are the abandoned house with the drained swimming pool and the planetarium. Several of the other titles are unfamiliar to me. Thank you for posting this list.

  4. hello brian,how can i get a copy of glimpes of florida would be nice to show this at the grand opening of silver srings state park on oct 1 2013.( it will no longer be a theme park but a florida state park for protecting the environment) thanks, charles