FIDEL CASTRO at Madame Tussaud's
London, England, United Kingdom

"Fidel Castro, the president of Cuba has been immortalized in London. A wax figure of the Cuban leader is now standing among kings and pop stars at Madame Tussaud's.







The ambassador of Cuba unveiled the wax figure to celebrate the president's 73rd birthday. Fidel Castro overlooks the crowds in London. But he's not there to make one of his long speeches. This Castro is made of wax - the latest addition to Madame Tussaud's wax works museum. The wax figure was unveiled by the Cuban ambassador who was there with his wife. The wax figure wears the well known green army fatigues - donated by Fidel Castro himself. The fatigues and boots were brought to London by the sculptor, Steve Swales. Swales visited Havana last year to take the hundreds of measurements needed for the wax copy of the old revolutionary. As for the real Castro, he was reported to have welcomed his wax incarnation, saying, "It has been for me a great honour, much more than I deserve." After six months of sculpting the wax Fidel Castro is expected to be seen by some 2.6 (m) million tourists who visit the famed wax museum every year. The wax likeness took six months to complete and cost around 30,000 U-S dollars. Madame Tussaud's said that Castro was chosen after recent media coverage and his long presidency. The wax museum says that most national leaders were included among the wax figures to appeal to the numbers of tourists who visit the museum."

* from AP ARCHIVE 08/13/1999 *

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THE FOUR EYED MAN

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

St. Augustine, Florida

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Liu Ch'ung, or Liu Min, as he was sometimes known, was born with double pupils in each eye. This strange feature did not in the least deter this active man who loved wine and gambling.
He became Governor of Shansi, Minister of State and through intrigue with the Dowager Empress had his son proclaimed heir apparent.

This wax figure, shown in St. Augustine, was created by acclaimed artist and doll maker Lewis Sorensen for the original Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum with copies being shown in Niagara Falls, Chicago, San Francisco, Estes Park and Blackpool.

The photograph was taken by Gene Aikens and is shared from a postcard from the late 1960's. 

You don't have to have four eyes to see how cool a visit to a vintage wax museum must have been? Though this wax figure of Liu Ch'ung has been replaced with a more modern interpretation, a visit to RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ST. AUGUSTINE is definitely still a great choice! Just tell them WAXIPEDIA sent you!
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As a resource, the WAXIPEDIA ARCHIVES was established in 2014 as a repository for physical examples and information pertaining to these educational goals. Consisting of thousands of items (ranging from century-and-a-half year old guidebooks to life-sized wax figures) the ARCHIVES are the backbone of WAXIPEDIA's mission. Anyone interested in supporting these efforts through donating are encouraged to visit patreon.com/WAXIPEDIA and contact us at waxipediaofficial@gmail.com. Items donated will be digitally scanned, photographed and eventually restored to be credited to their specific donors and made available to future generations of artists, designers, historians and fans. 

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WALTER'S INTERNATIONAL 

WAX MUSEUM

~ 1964/ 1965 New York World's Fair ~



From the WAXIPEDIA ARCHIVES comes this dedication guide for the WALTER'S INTERNATIONAL WAX MUSEUM that ran at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. 

Established by brother Lou and Manny Walter, the exhibition expanded upon the hugely successful PARIS SPECTACULAR WAX MUSEUM the pair showed at Seattle, Washington's Century 21 Exposition in 1962. Following this dedication on October 1, 1963, the brother's would commission famed American wax sculptress Katherine Stubergh (who ironically created a competing wax museum during the Seattle Fair) to sculpt dozens of wax figures to add during the museum's two years in New York. John F. Kennedy, Frankenstein, Frank Sinatra and Jesus were but a few that would join the original display's created by Pierre Iman's of Paris, France (which can be seen in the photographs of this book). Walter's International Wax Museum would end up being one of the most popular pavilions at the Fair and the display would later be moved to Anaheim, California. 


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Enjoy this fair trip through time? Though the New York World's Fair might have ended decades ago you can still explore and relive some of it's highlights at the amazing NYWF64.COM! Just tell them WAXIPEDIA sent you!

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As a resource, the WAXIPEDIA ARCHIVES was established in 2014 as a repository for physical examples and information pertaining to these educational goals. Consisting of thousands of items (ranging from century-and-a-half year old guidebooks to life-sized wax figures) the ARCHIVES are the backbone of WAXIPEDIA's mission. Anyone interested in supporting these efforts through donating are encouraged to visit patreon.com/WAXIPEDIA and contact us at waxipediaofficial@gmail.com. Items donated will be digitally scanned, photographed and eventually restored to be credited to their specific donors and made available to future generations of artists, designers, historians and fans. 

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THE CHAMBER OF HORRORS

~ Madame Tussaud's London ~


For centuries a visit to Madame Tussaud's famed waxwork Exhibition meant an opportunity to experience the grandeur of Kings, Queens, Heroes, Statesmen and the Famous. It also allowed a chance to decent into the darkest world of the infamous in the CHAMBER OF HORRORS. Here, since it's first incarnation documented in 1802, could be found instruments of torture, rogues and murders who caught the headlines of their days and haunted our dreams. Founder Madame Marie Tussaud, very early in her life and career, was tasked with the grisly obligation of making death masks of decapitated aristocracy during the French Revolution. After the Guillotines stopped falling Marie, in an attempt to increase public traffic through her waxworks exhibition, opened the "Separate Room" - for an added price.



Sadly, the CHAMBER OF HORRORS was removed and replaced in April 2016 with an interactive game based off of Sherlock Holmes. Luckily, we have this postcard set, once available in the London Wax Exhibitions Gift Shop, here to share and remember part of it by. 

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(An alley in Victorian London where the infamous Jack the Ripper has struck again)

(The Bell from Newgate Goal Prison)

(Real Historic Instruments of Torture)

(Dr. Crippen and Ethel Le Neve, an American Doctor and his English Mistress who both were convicted of the murder and mutilation of his wife and noted as the first suspects to be captured with the aid of wireless telegraphy)


(Bruno Hauptman - convicted killer of Charles Lindbergh's baby, as he prepares for his execution by electric chair)

(George Joseph Smith, the "Brides in the Bath" murderer)


(The Garrote)

(The heads of French Queen Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI - with the blade that ended them)

(The Guillotine: Preferred instrument of justice during the French Revolution)

(Few during the French Revolution were more feared than that of Robespierre until he, much like the thousands he sent before him, too felt the slice of the Guillotine's blade. 


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As a resource, the WAXIPEDIA ARCHIVES was established in 2014 as a repository for physical examples and information pertaining to these educational goals. Consisting of thousands of items (ranging from century-and-a-half year old guidebooks to life-sized wax figures) the ARCHIVES are the backbone of WAXIPEDIA's mission. Anyone interested in supporting these efforts through donating are encouraged to visit patreon.com/WAXIPEDIA and contact us at waxipediaofficial@gmail.com. Items donated will be digitally scanned, photographed and eventually restored to be credited to their specific donors and made available to future generations of artists, designers, historians and fans. 

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SCARLETT JOHANSSON @ MADAME TUSSAUDS NEW YORK

~ New York, New York ~



Madame Tussauds New York unveils Scarlett Johansson wax figure at Madame Tussauds on July 30, 2015 in New York City. (FameFlynet, Inc - Beverly Hills, CA, USA)


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Dedicated to preserving the history of Wax Arts, and the unique stories of all those involved in its development, WAXIPEDIA strives to be the number one source of information on the subject of Wax Museums and their role in the attractions and entertainment industries. Through the sharing of photographs, brochures, movies and stories we hope to enlighten, engage and entertain all who discover us. 

As a resource, the WAXIPEDIA ARCHIVES was established in 2014 as a repository for physical examples and information pertaining to these educational goals. Consisting of thousands of items (ranging from century-and-a-half year old guidebooks to life-sized wax figures) the ARCHIVES are the backbone of WAXIPEDIA's mission. Anyone interested in supporting these efforts through donating are encouraged to visit patreon.com/WAXIPEDIA and contact us at waxipediaofficial@gmail.com. Items donated will be digitally scanned, photographed and eventually restored to be credited to their specific donors and made available to future generations of artists, designers, historians and fans. 

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COUNTRY MUSIC LEGENDS

~ Madame Tussauds Hollywood ~


Madame Tussauds Hollywood welcomes country music legends Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr. at Madame Tussauds on March 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California.


Enjoy this little country trip through time and down memory lane? Hank, Patsy and Johnny might not be in Tinseltown anymore but why not visit them at MADAME TUSSAUDS NASHVILLE? Just tell them WAXIPEDIA sent you!

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As a resource, the WAXIPEDIA ARCHIVES was established in 2014 as a repository for physical examples and information pertaining to these educational goals. Consisting of thousands of items (ranging from century-and-a-half year old guidebooks to life-sized wax figures) the ARCHIVES are the backbone of WAXIPEDIA's mission. Anyone interested in supporting these efforts through donating are encouraged to visit patreon.com/WAXIPEDIA and contact us at waxipediaofficial@gmail.com. Items donated will be digitally scanned, photographed and eventually restored to be credited to their specific donors and made available to future generations of artists, designers, historians and fans. 

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THE HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN 

WAX MUSEUM

~ Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada ~


For decades there has been a spooktacularly frightful wax museum located on Niagara Falls, Ontario's famous Clifton Hill - "Niagara's Street of Fun".

THE HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN WAX MUSEUM is one of two that were created, with the other being located in Lake George, New York (which also is still open to this day - though under much different management).

Designed to be a combination of wax museum and haunted house, the Niagara Falls location has definitely embraced the "haunt" aspect in recent years - though it is certainly still worth a visit!


Here for your enjoyment is a vintage brochure (with a cut out mask) from THE HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN WAX MUSEUM, courtesy of the personal collection of Timothy Randall.

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As a resource, the WAXIPEDIA ARCHIVES was established in 2014 as a repository for physical examples and information pertaining to these educational goals. Consisting of thousands of items (ranging from century-and-a-half year old guidebooks to life-sized wax figures) the ARCHIVES are the backbone of WAXIPEDIA's mission. Anyone interested in supporting these efforts through donating are encouraged to visit patreon.com/WAXIPEDIA and contact us at waxipediaofficial@gmail.com. Items donated will be digitally scanned, photographed and eventually restored to be credited to their specific donors and made available to future generations of artists, designers, historians and fans. 


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