Department Store Mannequins, L. Frank Baum, and Automatonophobia, of course
Six things (or more – but who’s counting) about the history of department store MANNEQUINS that everyone needs to know
2. Around the turn of the 20th century, the first department stores in the United States used mannequins made of wax. When sun hit the store windows they had an unfortunate tendency to melt.
3. A living human being could also be called a “mannequin” if her job was to model clothing in a dressmaker’s shop, a department store fashion show, or while standing frozen in a store window.
At least the human mannequins didn’t melt.
4. These wax figures had glass eyes, and were individually crafted. Lips, eyebrows and eyelashes were painted on by hand. Full, lush hair was painstakingly woven into the head so that it resembled the long, thick manes worn by fashionable women known as Gibson Girls.
Not that he believed in deceiving people with hyped up promises of fulfillment through superficial means…
6. Automatonophobia is the irrational fear of figures such as dolls, wax figures, puppets, prostheses and ventriloquist dummies that are made to represent a real, living, conscious being.
I must say, though, I question if that kind of fear is truly irrational.