Hello everyone! I'm Lou Anne, AKA Misplaced Mermaid. I'm one of the newer members of IA and this is my first time hosting a challenge. I was able to choose one of my favorite topics for this week and you'll soon see that I'm a mermaid fanatic. I'll start with a little bit of mermaid history.
Mermaids are mythological aquatic creatures with the head, arms, and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish, as represented in the folklore, literature, and popular culture of many countries worldwide.
A male version is known as a “merman,” while either males or females may be referred to as “merpeople” or “merfolk.” That being said, I suppose a “Mailmerman” would be a “Mailmerpostaldeliveryperson.” Fortunately, not many mermaids go into this field due to the fact that walking is a major part of the job.
In Greek mythology, mermaid-like creatures, called sirens, would use their beauty, charm, and lovely singing voices to lure sailors to their deaths.
In both English and Scottish legends, mermaids were unlucky omens for sailors. They even have been known to swim up rivers to freshwater lakes.
Sometime between 1895 and 1905, John William Waterhouse, a member of the British Royal Academy, painted “A Mermaid.” Though hidden in a private collection for many decades, this painting resurfaced in the 1970’s and is part of the Royal Academy collection.
In Denmark, The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen captured the imaginations of generations of children and adults alike. A bronze sculpture of her, made by Edvard Eriksen in 1913, is a major tourist attraction in Copenhagen.
Beginning in the mid 20th century at an aquatic park called Weeki Watchee Springs State Park in Florida, young ladies have entertained audiences by performing underwater as mermaids.
Submariners during WW2 wore US Navy Mermaid Liberty patches on the inside of their sleeves, which only showed when their sleeves were rolled up. This pair is advertised on Ebay.
Finally, my favorite piece of literature about mermaids is in Robert Fulgham’s book All I Need to Know Learned in Kindergarten.” He explains that mermaids are special people who don’t quite fit into the standard “box.” I believe that many artists, myself included, fit that category. You can view him telling the story here.
Birth of a Mermaid