Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 24, 1975 · Page 107
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 107

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 24, 1975
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manufacture dummies full-time. In theory, a figure could last indefinitely, but most are usually melted down after a while to make room for more contemporary characters. Apart from obsolescence, wax figures face other dangers, includ- «- ing, of course, heat. "If the air-conditioning breaks down in brutal weather, all you can do is pray a lot," says Krueger. Extreme cold, too, is hazardous: It can crack the hard wax. Another menace is water, which makes the oil make-up run and destroys the features. Most wax museums are open the year round, although some shorten their hours in winter and a few^-close. A FAMILY MOIIU HW-KKtt lM.tfc.aeEU THE FREDRICK ·riTLEIUCI,SX.2l577 H-.M344U435 OCEAN FRONT SEA DP MOTEL 2608 N. Ocean Blvd.' Myrtle Beach, S. C. 29577 Phone 803/448-7971 TUIMW* . . . Room 4 EHk., Pri- volt Balconies. Refrigerator! all unfa. Color Cook TV. Healed pool. Golf Priv. Near Shopping and Amuwmenh. 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A museum must have at least 50 wax figures to belong to the association, and a recruit to its ranks this year is the Stars Hall of Fame in Orlando, Fla., whose more than 200 costumed figures makes, it one of the big three wax museums in the United States. The Stars, which opened last May, is devoted to "great moments of movies, music and TV" and its most popular figures, a spokeswoman reports, are Paul Newman, Robert Bedford, and Clark Gable, while its most admired setting is a snow scene from' "Dr. Zhivago." The two other large wax museums are the National Historical W L ax Museum in Washington, D.C.:, and the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, Calif. Many of the museums^ar^doing, well because of current public interest in the American Revolution and the past in general. "We're having a very good season because of the Bicentennial," says Nancy Bove of the National Historical Museum ..which recently added a Hall of Presidents (a wax figure of Benjamin Franklin with hands that move does the narration). "The trend toward nostalgia and old movies has definitely helped us," says Sandy Cotherman of Wax Life U.S.A in Lake George, N.Y., which opened last year and includes a figure of President Kennedy at the wheel of his own, actual Lincoln Continental. . . "The trend in most wax museums now," says Gerry C. Krueger Jr., executive secretary of the association and the manager of the Royal London Wax Museum in Chicago, "is to get some movement or at least an appearance of action, with the aid of mechanical devices, in the exhibits. You can't just put .: figures in front of drapes. People won't stand for it, not in this country at any rate." Lack of action is the reason Krueger finds fault with the most celebrated and oldest wax house of all, Madame Tussaud's in London, even though he .concedes that no V-'irV! i.tUi'P-iP.. vu'c. -- other museum can hold a candle to it for scope. "I love it because it is so huge, occupying several floors, and includes many marvelous originals created by Mrs. Tussaud," he says. "But the general effect is dull because so many of the figures have nothing but curtains to enhance them." Madame Tussaud's, whose founder opened her first exhibition in London in 1802 after leaving France, where she had been commissioned to make death masks of famous victims of the guillotine during the French Revolution, does not belong to the association. Neither does another major European wax museum, the Musee Grevin in Paris. But the group, which Krueger and George Drucker, owner of the Royal London, founded six years ago, counts among its dozen or so overseas members museums as far apart as Tokyo, Tel Aviv, and Toronto. In the United States, the association encompasses most of the major wax museums. At the Royal London, which has 110 figures, the exhibits range from animated scenes in the life of Abraham Lincoln to models of Burt Reynolds, Barbra Streisand, and Hugh Heffner. Surveys taken to determine the kind of exhibit the public prefers, says Krueger, have produced inconclusive results. "Our 'Last Supper' scene, for example, wins the admiration of many people," he says, "but then so does our 'Dungeon,' which has Frankenstein, Dracula, and a representation of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre." Each wax figure costs $.1,700 or more, including clothes, and all are I molded by freelancers working in I their own studios or companies that I Barbara and Smittf are devoted to your comfort! 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