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Aspen Mermaid: 1963

Aspen Mermaid: 1963

Aspen, Colorado, winter 1962-63. Boomerang Lodge, designed by owner Charlie Paterson, a Frank Lloyd Wright-trained architect (and ski instructor). This was a setup for a professional photo shoot. I shot it without the lights the pro used. Charlie is the guy with the black hair looking into the pool. View full size.

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Not a bar...

It was the lower lounge of the Boomerang Lodge, with a fireplace on the left and a window into the pool.

I love this

Why was this type of bar so popular in the USA? I mean the "mermaid bar." Is it possible that I have seeing this photo on a National Geographic?

[Perhaps it is that you have been to there. - Dave]

Too bad!

Identical aquatic twins would have been so much more appropriately Blofeldian.

Check again

Take another look and you'll see that it's just a single mermaid and her reflection.

[It's a refraction, not a reflection. - Dave]

Boomerang Lodge

I just love this -- the Rat Pack meets Downhill Racer, with a dash of James Bond. Check out seri_art's other Aspen photos in the Member Gallery. Coming soon to the homepage: Some exterior shots of the Boomerang.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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