Monday, January 19, 2015

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is one of the most highly recognized individuals of the last century. World wide he is remembered for his stirring orations, devotion to equality for all and his fervent dedication to peace. Award the Nobel Peace Prize Dr. King was taking from the world too early by a bigoted bullet.
  Today we honor this great man by exploring some of the wax effigies dedicated to his memory.


 (National Great Blacks in Wax Museum - Baltimore, Maryland)

 (Southwestern Historical Wax Museum - Grand Prairie, Texas)

 (Josephine Tussauds London Wax Museum - Boston, Massachusetts)

 (The Griot Museum of Black History - St. Louis , Missouri)
(formerly 'Black World Wax Museum')

 (Josephine Tussaud's Wax Museum - Hot Springs, Arkansas)

 (Madame Tussauds - London, England)

 (Louis Tussaud's English Wax Museum - Atlantic City, New Jersey)

 (Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum - Copenhagen, Denmark)

 (The Palace of Wax - Grand Prairie, Texas)

 (Louis Tussaud's English Wax Museum - Niagara Falls, Ontario)

 (Mammoth Cave Wax Museum - Cave City, Kentucky)

 (Madame Tussaud's - New York, New York)

 (National Historical Wax Museum - Washington DC)

 (American Wax Museum - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

 (Royal London Wax Museum - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

 (Wax World of the Stars - Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada)

 (Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco, California)

(Madame Tussauds - Washington DC)

(Madame Tussauds - Orlando, Florida)
This figure was announced today, on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, as being one of the figures to be apart of the Orlando attractions collection when it opens this Spring.



( Many of these pictures come from varied variety of sources ((including official websites)), but several are apart of the various collections within the ever growing 'WAXIPEDIA ARCHIVES'.
Dedicated to preserving the history of Wax Arts, and the unique stories of all those involved in it's development, WAXIPEDIA strives to become the ultimate source of information on the subject of wax museums.  Anyone interested in donating items for preservation are invited to contact me at timothywrandall@gmail.com. Donated items will be cataloged, digitally scanned, photographed, and restored.  All donated items will be credited to their specific donors and will be preserved and made available to future generations of artists, designers, historians and fans).

Saturday, January 17, 2015

LOUIS TUSSAUD'S WAX MUSEUM

Atlantic City, New Jersey ~



The world famous Atlantic City Boardwalk used to be home to the World Famous Louis Tussaud's (English) Wax Museum. Though not related to the more reputable 'Madame Tussaud's' the Atlantic City museum (along with it's original counterpart in Niagara Falls, Ontario) featured quality made figures in realistic settings. In fact, the New Jersey museum's figure collection was completely created by wax legend Katherine Stubergh and her talented team of artists!

What we have here is an original Louis Tussaud's brochure from the museum featuring images of various figures displayed in the museum. Though not dated, I can effectively date the brochure to the early to mid 1960s. 




( This vintage Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum Atlantic City brochure is from the private collection of Timothy Randall and is apart of the ever growing 'WAXIPEDIA ARCHIVES'.
Dedicated to preserving the history of Wax Arts, and the unique stories of all those involved in it's development, WAXIPEDIA strives to become the ultimate source of information on the subject of wax museums.  Anyone interested in donating items for preservation are invited to contact me at timothywrandall@gmail.com. Donated items will be cataloged, digitally scanned, photographed, and restored.  All donated items will be credited to their specific donors and will be preserved and made available to future generations of artists, designers, historians and fans).

Friday, January 16, 2015

Stan Laurel, Olive Hardy and Charlie Chaplin at 
Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum - Copenhagen, Denmark  


In Honor of 'FILM FRIDAY' here are some pictures from the past. All the museums shown here no longer exist. Albeit closed, moved or the collection has been removed. Many of these exhibits are being shown for the first time digitally right here, so enjoy!

A classic advert from opening year of Movieland
Buena Park, California


 Charlie Chaplin at the London Wax Museum
Boston, Massachuetts

 Charlie Chaplin at the Halifax Wax Museum
Halifax, Nova Scotia

 Dr. Frankenstein and his "Monster" at the Halifax Wax Museum
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas and William Conrad at the Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Walt Disney and characters from Peter Pan, Snow White and Alice in Wonderland
Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum 
Niagara Falls, Ontario

George Burns at Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Kelly Savalas at the 'HEROES' portion of Madame Tussaud's London
London, England

Humphrey Bogart at the 'HEROES' portion of Madame Tussaud's London
London, England

Marilyn Monroe in the 'HEROES'  section of Madame Tussaud's London
London, England

Some characters in an advertisement for the original 'Plaza Theater of Wax'
San Antonio, Texas

lobby display of Star Wars characters at Potter's Wax Museum
 (circa 2005 with Austin Power's and Dr. Evil in the background)
St. Augustine, Florida

Laurel & Hardy at the Josephine Tussaud's Wax Museum of the Queen Mary
Long Beach, California

Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway in a scene from 'Bonnie & Clyde'
Royal Pacific Wax Museum
Newport, Oregon

list of figures (created by Katherine Stubergh) for the original 'Tussaud's Hollywood Wax Museum' which has no relation to TUSSAUDS HOLLYWOOD, but was the opening display for the current 'Hollywood Wax Museum'.
Hollywood, California

Bela Lugosi as Dracula at Tussaud's Hollywood Wax Museum
Hollywood, California

Greta Garbo at Tussaud's Hollywood Wax Museum
Hollywood Wax Museum

Jean Harlow at Tussaud's Hollywood Wax Museum
Hollywood, California

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. at Tussaud's Wax Museum (which eventually went to form the opening figure displays for both the previously mentioned 'Tussaud's Hollywood Wax Museum' and the exhibit that would start the 'Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf')
Seattle, Washington

Jean Harlow at Tussaud's Wax Museum
Seattle, Washington

Jeanette McDonald at Tussaud's Wax Museum
Seattle, Washington

characters from Casablanca at Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum
Copenhagen, Denmark

Bela Lugosi as Dracula at Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum
Copenhagen, Denmark

Telly Savalas at Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum
Copenhagen, Denmark

The Marx Brothers (with classic Danish film stars) at Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum
Copenhagen, Denmark


( All of these pictures come from the private collection of Timothy Randall and are apart of the ever growing 'WAXIPEDIA ARCHIVES'.
Dedicated to preserving the history of Wax Arts, and the unique stories of all those involved in it's development, WAXIPEDIA strives to become the ultimate source of information on the subject of wax museums.  Anyone interested in donating items for preservation are invited to contact me at timothywrandall@gmail.com. Donated items will be cataloged, digitally scanned, photographed, and restored.  All donated items will be credited to their specific donors, will be preserved and made available to future generations of artists, designers, historians and fans).

Thursday, January 15, 2015

TO SCULPT A PRESIDENT

The unprecedented resignation of US President Richard M. Nixon not only left people all over the world shocked but it also left owners of wax museums everywhere scrambling for a figure of newly sworn in Commander-in-Chief, Gerald Ford.

Only six days after his assuming office the management team at Niagara's once legendary Louis Tussaud's English Wax Museum made their move. 

Here were have both the original letter from Louis Tussaud's Assistant Manager and the (surprisingly prompt) response from the White House. 



 (A cover of TIME Magazine used by artists to create the figure of President Ford)

(The figure, recently repaired and refinished by expert wax preservationist, Tom Fowler)

( These original letters very easily could have been destroyed or disposed of but fortunately can now  be found, along with thousands of others, within the 'STUBERGH-KELLER WAX STUDIO NIAGARA FALLS COLLECTION' of the ever growing 'WAXIPEDIA ARCHIVES'.
Dedicated to preserving the history of Wax Arts, and the unique stories of all those involved in it's development, WAXIPEDIA strives to become the ultimate source of information on the subject of wax museums.  Anyone interested in donating items for preservation are invited to contact me at timothywrandall@gmail.com. Donated items will be cataloged, digitally scanned, photographed, and restored.  All donated items will be credited to their specific donors, will be preserved and made available to future generations of artists, designers, historians and fans).

**The actual figure of Gerald Ford could have easily been relegated, like so many others, to a dumpster, but gladly lives on within a Private Collection**