America in Wax by Gene Gurney (1977, Paperback)

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America in Wax
An armchair tour visiting the famous people and fascinating events, from the earliest explorers to the present, as captured in wax museums throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad
by Gene Gurney
Publisher:  Crown Publishers, Inc.
Copyright 1977
678 Illustrations

So you've missed Pocahontas's wedding and John Paul Jones's sea victory?  Or maybe even Neil Armstrong's moonwalk?  But now, you can literally witness these events as they happened, including all the great historic and social events throughout American history -- thanks to the creations of the waxwork museums.

Gene Gurney traveled throughout the country and abroad to provide almost 700 photographs of the best of the museums' collections, scenes from the days of Christopher Columbus to those of Donald Duck, from single figures to panoramic groups, startlingly lifelike, including the United States, Canada, and abroad.

You'll see presidents and first ladies, distinguished Americans and world leaders, heroes and villains, entertainers, and every aspect of American life.

Here is George Washington conferring with his staff at Yorktown; Andrew Jackson working out some secret plan with pirate leader Jean Lafitte; the height of the Battle of the Alamo; a Comanche raid on a Texas homestead; John Brown surrendering to United States Marines commanded by Col. Robert E. Lee; the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona; WWI hero sergeant Alvin York in action; Tojo's execution; President Kennedy assassinated; Zane Grey (in the clothing he actually wore) at work in his study; O. J. Simpson setting a pro football rushing record; gutsy Dodger Jackie Robinson at bat; Edmund Hillary reaching the top of Mount Everest; Winnie-the-Pooh greeting visitors; Cinderella and her pumpkin coach; Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer; Ebenezer Scrooge counting his money; the many famous scenes from all the Chambers of Horrors; Valentino from the Son of the Sheik, Laurel and Hardy in action; Robert Redford and Paul Newman in a scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; sex queens Marilyn Monroe and Brigette Bardot; TV's Archie Bunker; the set from Star Trek; and Loretta Lynn, country music superstar, doing her thing.  And you'll see how the figures are made, how strands of human hair are inserted into a wax head, and how these wax figures get there lifelike skin tones.  You'll see artisans applying eyebrows and fingernails being manicured.

All the museums are included, the big and the small, the specialists and the generalists, from every part of the country, making it easy for anyone to visit at least some of these famous places.  Included are museum hours, directions for reaching each museum, and accommodations.

For youngsters and their parents here is a guide to living history in all its realistic fascination.

Condition:  Used.  Paperback.  No dust cover.  Pages are tanned and darkening from age.  Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the title page.  Covers are tanned from age.  Covers show a bit of edge wear and tear and creasing.

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