Friday, February 27, 2015

"Live Long and Prosper"
a WAXIPEDIA Salute
to Leonard Nimoy 


Today the world lost an icon of science-fiction with the passing of Leonard Nimoy. He created an original character that will forever be ingrained within the consciousness of all the world's civilized people. So, due in no small part to the reality of the saying "art imitates life" many of the world's great wax museums have had displays dedicated to Mr. Nimoy's creation. 

In Memorium of his life and to the character he helped created, WAXIPEDIA humbly shares these photographs, postcards and brochures to show our appreciation.
Thank You, Mr. Nimoy.


William Shatner and Leornard Nimoy with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock
Movieland Wax Museum - Buena Park, California

Mr. Spock
Sculpted by Henry Alvarez

Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry and the cast at the displays premiere. 
Movieland Wax Museum - Buena Park, Califonia

Leonard with co-star Nichelle Nichols
Movieland Wax Museum - Buena Park, Califonia


The original concept art design for the STAR TREK set.
Movieland Wax Museum - Buena Park, Califonia

The original set of the bridge for the Starship Enterprise
Movieland Wax Museum - Buena Park, Califonia

The Bridge of the Starship Enterprise - after the addition of the entire cast in the early 1980's
Movieland Wax Museum - Buena Park, Califonia

The Bridge of the Enterprise with her crew just prior to the museums closing in 2005
Movieland Wax Museum - Buena Park, Califonia

The Crew of the Enterprise
Stars Hall of Fame Wax Museum - Orlando, Florida

The original Movieland crew lives on via a group of dedicated fans!

The figure of Mr. Spock that was originally at Orlando's Stars Hall of Fame after his moving to Texas
Plaza Theater of Wax - San Antonio, Texas

These figures were originally created for the Hollywood Wax Museum
Historic Auto Attractions - Roscoe, Illinois


Opened originally as the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic, By Ripley's International, the museum was re-branded in the late 1970's and Leonard Nimoy was brought on to star in the museum's lobby video.

The World of the Unexplained museum also contained a wax figure of Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock. Here that same figure is shown, in storage, sometime during the late 1980's.


These pictures, postcards and brochures are 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 waxipediainternational@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.



Thursday, February 26, 2015

National Historical Wax Museum




This advertisement clipping for the National Historical Wax Museum 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 waxipediainternational@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.

MYRTLE BEACH - 1980

These great postcards show famous 'Beach Boulevard' in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as it was 35 years ago. 

Once home to a Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, Castle Dracula, Guinness Hall of World Records and the Myrtle Beach National Wax Museum, Ripley's is the only one still around today (though it's exterior had changed quite a bit over the last few decades).

Though do not lament to much, fans of WAXIPEDIA, because this great beach-side town once again contains a world class Temple of Paraffin People with the opening, in the Summer of 2014, of the countries fourth Hollywood Wax Museum!



These postcards are 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 waxipediainternational@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.
Pictures from the 
ROYAL LONDON WAX MUSEUM
~ Phoenix, Arizona ~

       In the mid-1970's the American Heritage Wax Museum, that was located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona, closed it's doors. The tourism market of "The West's Most Western 
Town" had changed and the small historical museum had lost a bit of it's luster. 

  But fans of the Josephine Tussaud/GEMS wax figures need not worry for long, because the museum's contents would move to nearby Phoenix and the wax collection would be dramatically expanded. These pictures are from this second incarnation and feature the fantasy, horror and Hollywood elements that space prevented from being displayed at the American Heritage Wax Museum.
  
 The Royal London Wax Museum was an admirable attempt, but was sadly short lived. Located at the entrance of the Legend City Theme Park, the museum's potential success was tied into the viability of this major attraction. When Legend City eventually faltered so to did the wax venture. 







MOVIELAND WAX MUSEUM
THE STARS HALL OF FAME
1970 - 1971 PRESS KIT







Wednesday, February 25, 2015


LONDON WAX MUSEUM
~ Boston, Massachusetts ~


OPENED: April 1966 - CLOSED: Summer 1976 


Though I never had the chance to visit the 'London Wax Museum' in Boston it seems to be a museum that influenced an oddly large number of people. It's for this reason that I am sharing the museums guidebook, several postcards, etc from my personal collection. 



The Museum was located in the heart of Boston, on the Commons, at 176 Tremont Street and was one of the first American branches of the infamous 'London Wax Museums' that featured Josephine Tussauds Wax Figures. In this museums case, there were nearly 125 figures, in 38 scenes spread over 12,000 sq ft.



Despite being a dramatic source of Americana the Boston Museum appears to not have survived past the United States Bi-Centennial. Though I've been unable to find an official closing date, I do know that the contents were completely sold off on August 17, 1976 (The Guillotine sold for $25 and the Chasity Belt for $145). There were probably several reasons that lead to 'London Wax' closing: Mismanagement (an issue for many a Wax Museum), static displays (this is the age of Walt Disney World and exciting Amusement Parks opening all over the USA) and Boston's own dramatic social and economic problems. Some of the few references to the museum that remain make mention of the homeless panhandlers at the attractions front door and the museums closure was right at the height of Boston's race riots.


Whatever the reasoning for it's untimely departure, Boston's London Wax Museum, with it's eclectic combination of History, Hollywood, Fantasy and Horrors made a lasting impression on a surprisingly large number of people who would become followers of WAXIPEDIA. 
















































Here's a link to a great article from Boston College's The Heights (December 1, 1967)


http://newspapers.bc.edu/cgi-bin/bostonsh?a=d&d=bcheights19671201.2.84


The London Wax Museum - Boston- Guidebook, postcards and (most) pictures are 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 waxipediainternational@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.

The image of 'the Soiling of Old Glory' was taken from https://lindseypetro.wordpress.com