I’m so unsettled and intrigued with this incredible photograph of wax figures burnt and melted following the massive 1925 fire that destroyed Madame Tussauds wax museum working in london. I believe wax models alone happen to be pretty creepy, however i don’t think the Chamber of Horrors can touch the pathos of the unintentionally nasty scene. With missing heads and appendages, charred skin and clothing out of balance, the uncanny wax models truly seem like the causalities of some good trauma.
I’ve been attempting to unearth more photographs of destroyed wax models in the fire, without any luck. However, Used to do encounter this newsreel which shows the destruction from the fire, and a few of the wax figures inside the boulders.
Nearly as interesting are the colorful quotes obtained from 1925 news tales concerning the fire:
- “London isn”t frequently the scene of spectacular fires, but because of the liberal way to obtain wax fuel the planet-famous building within the Marylebone Road produced a blaze yesterday that was probably the most thrilling fire spectacle observed working in london for a long time.Inches
- “The fire at Madame Tussaud’s would be a most wonderful spectacle, with multi-coloured flames shooting full of the air…Ten 1000 onlookers viewed the progress from the fire, so when they heard the wax models sizzling yelled towards the firemen: ‘How’s Deeming?’ and ‘How’s Crippen?’” (two crooks whose wax likenesses were incorporated within the Chamber of Horrors)
- “The fire brigade was underneath the command of Mr. A. R. Dyer, who had been introduced towards the scene from the theatre where he’d been spending the night with a few buddies. Even though he is at evening dress he required an energetic part within the operations.”
- “A cheer originated from the put together thousands once the salvage men arrived on the scene transporting a sizable cage by which was the famous Mme. Tussaud’s parrot. The parrot was discovered laying at the end of their cage stupefied because of the smoke and also the intense heat, but following a couple of moments on view air it revived…Then it startled everybody by remarking, ‘This is really a rotten business.’“
- “It is strange to consider the amount of eminent, and highly respectable people being burned in effigy working in london. Madame Tussaud’s famous waxworks spread its internet everywhere, and a minimum of forty people from the present Parliament and lots of notabilities outdoors were symbolized in wax during these burning galleries. Crooks symbolized within the Chamber of Horrors, however, may have no feelings within the matter, because they are all dead.”
// Image from Wassenbeelden Museum (via Theory of Disease/firsttimeuser). Professional photographer unknown.
Elsewhere around the Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things:
- World war 2 parachute crash test dummies
- E.J. Bellocq and also the Storyville prostitutes
- James Lomax’s inflatable skins
- Washing the elephant skin
- Ulric Collette’s portraits genetiques
- Shary Boyle’s deformed porcelain figurines
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, London Tour 8 August.
maya nibbe: I don't think I'd like to be there alone at night…
Tori Ann: They need the doctors there :/
Farrah Missy: CANT WAIT TO GOOOOOO!!
Fwauz officialll: Where is Michael Jackson
jasmine newton: Tell me why i was thinking the sameee thing the whole video!
Poop dung: jasmine newton Michael Jackson is in the Orlando Museum of the same company
Venita Broussard: You half expect these things to move. Creepy.
Brian C: These Figures look so authentic it's creepy like they are possessed
Charles Alves: do u have to pay anything extra to take u row pic with the or is that cover in the ticket price
Ahmad Ali: I am 11 years old
Ahmad Ali: Ya u do I went one day with my parents
Fatma Ahmed: wooow it is impossible i can't wait to visit this place
011stolemyeggos2: I'm going tomorrow can't wait!
dave03085: Some are spot on but there's a lot of shitty ones
princeicio: Do I need a ticket or something to get in?
Romeo Torosyan: Suraj V okay it gonna be so hard days when i go there
princeicio: I just got back from London and I didn't even bother going there. I crossed this museum off my list, it's really not worth it. Why would you go and waste 25 pounds to look at mannequins that look like celebs?? There are other things in the city that are unique and fun. You can go to the Tower of London instead, or the British Museum and the National History Museum, they're great and free of charge!
Kathryn Pryor: HOW DO THEY NOT FALL OVER
princeicio: +Kathryn Pryor REAlly that's your question?
jennifur sun: they needed the real James West much better than Will