Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Movieland Wax Museum- The Thin Man

This shot from the 1934 movie, The Thin Man, shows William Powell and Myrna Loy in an amusing, yet slightly morbid scene. Powell plays Nick Charles, a retired detective and Loy is Nora, his wife.

Here's another view without the flash.

A close up Powell. Although he looks it, he actually is not the thin man.

A close up of the smiling Myrna Loy figure.

This small version of Asta the dog was once an animatronic figure. You can see how the arms are made to swing.

The clapboard sign, showing information on the film.

The William Powell figure sold for an impressive $3,000. The Myrna Loy figure sold for $700, and the set sold for $500. That included Asta the dog and a male extra figure that was lying on the couch. I'm not sure how detailed that figure was.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Potter's Wax Museum- John Cabot

(c. 1450 – c. 1499)

Here is Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto from Potter's Wax Museum. Caboto sailed for England in the fifteenth Century, where he is known as John Cabot. He sailed a northern route to the new world, reaching Greenland and Newfoundland. His voyages helped give England a claim to North America.

 A close up of the figure.

Visit the Potter's Wax Museum's website here.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf- Willie Mays

The San Francisco Giants recently won the World Series and the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf did their part to celebrate the title. Many of the figures throughout the museum had Giants baseball caps on. Here we see legendary baseball player and San Francisco Giants center fielder Willie Mays sitting in the rotating carousel of figures in the museum's Lobby time Chamber. The figure is quite old, and has for years been shown in this sitting pose.

A closer view with newspaper articles in the background. Mays played for the Giants (Both New York and San Francisco) from 1951-1972.

A close up of the "Say Hey Kid".

Visit the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf website here.


Monday, November 08, 2010

Madame Tussauds D.C. Offering Free Admission To Veterans


Veterans Go Free, $5 Off for Family and Friends as well as Other Special Discounts and Giveaways

In celebration of the brave men and women in the U.S. armed forces, past and present, former U.S. Army Ordnance Captain, current Mrs. Maryland America and 1st Runner-Up in the 2010 Mrs. America pageant, Raquel Riley Thomas, will sign autographs, take pictures and greet visitors in celebration of Veterans Day at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C., on Thursday, November 11, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., 1001 F Street, NW (at F and 10th Streets).  For the entire day admission will be free for all veterans and members of the U.S. military (valid veteran/military ID required), and friends and family members will receive $5 off admission.


Saluting visitors and passersby from a new 10th Street window display will be a wax figure of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who issued the first Veterans Day proclamation in 1954.  Additionally, the very first veteran to arrive at the attraction on Veterans Day will receive a special Madame Tussauds D.C. photo album; the first ten veterans will receive a special Madame Tussauds book bag; and all guests will receive a yellow pin in honor of the nation’s veterans.  The attraction will also offer an exciting scavenger hunt, where winners will receive a 25 percent discount off items in the gift shop.  Festive Foods Catering will also provide refreshments for guests to enjoy throughout the day.

“Madame Tussauds is pleased to honor and provide the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces with a day of fun and enjoyment that they can share with their families,” said Madame Tussauds D.C. General Manager Dan Rogoski.  “With the help of Raquel Riley Thomas, the variety of special discounts and activities we are offering, as well as the interactive experiences our figures provide, veterans will have a lot to be happy about on this special day.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet and interact with wax figures of some of the nation’s most well-known historical icons, many of whom served in the military, including: George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

From presidents and first ladies to political icons and civil rights leaders to pop stars and sports heroes, Madame Tussauds D.C.—the premier wax attraction—offers guests the chance to get up close and personal, take their picture with, hug and even kiss wax likenesses of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, actress, singer and teen sensation Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, Tyra Banks, Penelope Cruz, Rihanna and many more.

Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. is a fully interactive, full-sensory experience, where visitors are able to touch, see and hear major historical events and celebrities in a way unlike any other Washington D.C. attraction.  Recent additions to the attraction include actress, singer and teen sensation Selena Gomez; nine U.S. presidents which will be included in the under-construction U.S. Presidents Gallery opening in February 2011; music megastars and teen sensation, the Jonas Brothers; superstars Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Penelope Cruz and Tyra Banks; as well as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.  The attraction is located within walking distance of the National Mall and the White House.  The entrance is on the corner of F and 10th Streets, NW.  The attraction is metro-accessible by the Red, Blue, and Orange lines at Metro Center or the Yellow, Green, and Red lines at Gallery Place/Chinatown.  Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday through Friday; and 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays.   For more information, visit www.madametussaudsdc.com or call 202-942-7300 or 888-WAX-IN-DC.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Madame Tussaud's- Guy Fawkes Repost


This picture from Madame Tussaud's in London shows Guy Fawkes attempting to blow up the English Parliament building in order to restore Roman Catholic rule in England. The barrels are full of gunpowder, which would have created a devastating explosion. However, Fawkes was apprehended before his plot was completed. Although the plan was not fully executed, Fawkes was, but not before he became a legend in England.

Visit the Madame Tussaud's London website here.


Monday, November 01, 2010

Madame Tussauds- Mount Rushmore

Presidential wax figures from Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.’s forthcoming U.S. Presidents Gallery – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln – are posed with their stone visages as part of a road trip from the nation’s capital to Mt. Rushmore, in recognition of the anniversary of the monument’s completion—October 31, 1941.  The U.S. Presidents Gallery will debut at Madame Tussauds D.C. in February 2011.  (Photo Credit: Jim Sulley/Newscast)

George Washington.

Thomas Jefferson.

Theodore Roosevelt.

Abraham Lincoln.

Visit the Madame Tussaud's website here.
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