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.