We’re Waiting for You at Musa Isle, Florida
“Honey, come down, we’re waiting for you!” Looking at this gator’s legs carefully, it becomes obvious that he’s stuffed, otherwise this gentleman might have gone home from work that night a foot shorter.
Susan in Ohio sent this to me back in 2011. Her postage stamp covers the serial number of this Curt Teich card, so my initial guess was that this card was probably printed in the early 1960s. However, the Library of Congress was able to tell me that the copyright on this postcard was issued in May, 1955, after it had been requested in 1954. The wheels of government grind as slowly as ever, I see.
Musa Isle was not precisely the “Home of the Seminole Indian” as described on the card. It was a tourist attraction started around 1907 by one John Roop. In 1919, he leased some of the land to a Seminole, Willie Willie, and his father, Charlie Willie, from which they operated a trading post. The Willies encouraged other Seminoles to camp here during the winter, the better to encounter tourists. In addition to a “village”, many of the Seminoles also wrestled alligators for the visiting onlookers. They were an integral part of the attraction until it closed in the late 1960s.
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