On this day in 1761 Marie, aka ‘Madame’ Tussaud was born. Tussaud started out by casting heads using deathmasks from those executed in the French revolution but eventually started making models of living subjects for her famous wax museums. Wax museums became quite popular among showmen and P.T. Barnum’s was considered to be the best example in the United States and almost as good as Tussaud’s until a fire destroyed Barnum’s American Museum and all of the waxworks, which were on the top floor, were melted.
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Talking about waxworks, here’s a classic scene from the 1959 version of ‘House of Wax’ with Vincent Price, enjoy: