It is not what you expect to find in conservative, rural, small-town Iowa.  But find it you do.  A mermaid, a replica of the famouse statue in Copenhagen, is the symbol of Kimballton, Iowa.  Kimballton, in Audubon county, is one of the two “Danish Villages”– so named because a large number of residents are of Danish descent.

I asked the postmaster if anyone speaks negatively about the nude young lady.  The postmaster (a young lady, herself), said, “One time we submitted a picture of the mermaid to the U.S. Postal Service for use on an Iowa stamp.”  

“What did they say?” I asked.


Please let us know what you think about what we see.