The Founding Presidents of the United States of America….In Wax
I recently visited Madame Tussauds wax museum in Washington, DC. I got the chance to scratch off another bucket list item. I love history, and I especially love the presidents. An early recollection from childhood was looking through a set of my mother’s encyclopedias and seeing huge beautiful colorful portraits of the presidents wondering just who these men were. So the quest to learn about them began. I even started collecting presidents memorabilia during childhood.
I was excited about visiting the wax museum as it was the closest thing I would ever get to meeting the presidents. Below are some of my thoughts and photos of that visit.
George Washington – 1st President, United States
I loved seeing the old George. The only problem is that he looks like he just woke up. This face really didn’t look like Washington, in my opinion. There is something amiss about his face, but I liked the attire.
John Adams – 2nd President, United States
John Adams looked very lifelike, especially the eyes. I think the artists did an excellent job making this figure look like John Adams.
I’m sorry, but I cannot help but think of a mop when I see the back of Mr. Adams head. He’s got quite a “do” going on there.
Thomas Jefferson – 3rd President, United States
The wax figure of Jefferson appears to be an accurate representation of him, at least from his paintings and life mask. Like Adams, he seems to be having a bad hair day. The body of this wax figure was used in a scene for my graphic novel, shown in my blog post Playing with James Madison – The Making of a Character. More of the character of TJ can be found at my blog post, Playing with Thomas Jefferson – The Battle between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
James Madison – 4th President, United States
The great little Madison is my 2nd favorite president. He’s the same height as I and the same weight I once was, 5″4 – 110 lbs. The wax representation below of Madison is very lifelike, but I’m not sure it’s an accurate representation of what he looked like based on his life mask. See my post Playing with James Madison – The Making of a Character for what I believe is a more accurate representation of Madison. However, the nose appears to be accurate as well as the face shape on the wax figure. I think they missed the mark on the eyes.
James Monroe – 5th President, United States
This James at 6′ in height dwarfs the previous James. I love James Monroe’s suit here. Based on James’ death mask, this may be a good representation of him. Either way, this figure is right handsome.
Next: Visiting with the Presidents – JQA to Tyler
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