Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Grinding Gears: Madame Tussaud

Madame Tussaud
The French Revolution

The Mad Scientist had a thought shoot through her like a bolt of lightening.
I am currently reading a book full of historical value, even if it is fiction. The events are very accurate including the names of people. Why not expand and share what you know?

Madame Tussaud
A Novel of the French Revolution
By Michelle Moran
Madame Tussaud
An image of herself with a wax head.  1761-1850

The Scientist that I am went straight to google with this thought to see what I could find out. Yeah, not very scientific but the thing is you can find; websites, images, quotes, and anything else after stroking a few keys. I may be old fashion but technology sometimes has to catch up with me!

Madame Tussaud is still a place that many flock to so they can see some of their favorite people or not so favorite without stalking them. A few places you can go to see a varied amount of figures include Amsterdam, Bangkok, Hollywood, Hong Kong, Washington DC, and of course London.

Gwen Stefani

  • Madame Tussaud created her first wax figure of Voltaire in 1777.
  • In 1835 she opened up her shop in London.
  • The Chamber of Horrors was the most popular exhibition.

There are just three fun historical facts that I found.  
I'm finding it difficult to add anything else, much to keeping some tidbits from ruining the book for you if you do plan on reading it.
Here is a blurb that I found on the official website:
    From housekeeper's daughter to royal tutor, master figure maker and thriving business woman, the life of Madame Marie Tussaud has all the ingredient of a bestselling novel.
 I just about broke out in a hysterical giggle when I read that. 

How exactly has wax figures still at the height of fasination when a person thinks vacation?  Why do they think of Madame Tussauds as a pleasurable place to visit for travelers since 1835? I found a news article from a few days ago addressing my wonderment at this. How the wax works.

I leave you with this short motion picture that had me laughing in the most unlady like way.
Judging by that I hope you find this clip funny as well.

A link for a small teaser from the beginning of the book, Portal.
A link to the hardcover vs softcover book art duel, Portal.
Have your say, which cover do you prefer?

Off to my happy spot to cuddle with some more pages from this novel!


  1. i like the softcover one but it kinda looks like ya (i think that's why i like it!)

    did you end up liking the book?

  2. While I like the soft cover, the hard cover really fits the era best. Highly enjoyed your thoughts on the lady and her success, makes me want to read the book too!

  3. A very funny vid, thank you. I visited London once but I didn't want to go to Madame Tussaud. I found it a bit silly - gawking at wax figures in the times when there is plenty of photos, movies, videos on the Internet and so on. Apparently I was in the minority - in front of the London's Madame Tussaud was a really looooong queue of tourists from different countries.

  4. I went to the Vegas one. Mr. Whimsy and I had SO much fun. We made funny poses with everyone. Such a gas!

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