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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 10, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta "There is also the trulli, v.'hWi cannot be denied, vhtt there were Mid are many temptations in the life of the mannequin. 'I i? easy to covet good clothes when one constantly displays iich garments fur living. The automaton cannot be tempted." Here Are Moving Wonders of Wax Rubber Ready toTakeTheir Places an the Most Fascinating By Ethel Thurston YOU know how much dress models are interested in fashion. Well, striking is the fashion, isn't it? Then what is to prevent the dress models from striking? Haven't the artist models struck? And if the fashion .models strike how is anybody going to buy any Parisian ball gowns? You have to see how they look, don't you? So that when I tell you that something has been done to meet the calamity it happens you will understand that the effort was worth making. The effort is in wax and rubber. Of course it has other elements. A wax and rubber model couldn't actually walk with- out having some structural devices not to be expressed in wax. The point is that when the fashion models do strike wax strike-breakers are ready lo take their places. A Triumph of Mechanism These autcmalons vary greatly from the figures commonly used in window display.' They .are fashioned carefully in perfect symmetry anJ the wax fnces.are made and colored by artists or well known ability. Indeed, many artiste of prominence have taken up wax.modelling. -There are two types of figures. The. first is provided with mechanical apparatus which en- ablM them to move naturally and gracefully around the roonvwith a few simple movements, displaying gowns and hats effectively. The sec- ond type is carefully jointed and can be placed in any pose, but will not move.' (You sec people like that at many a social affair.) After the sculptor and artist have done theij wonderful work, the hairdresser arranges long tresses of'fiilken hair in tome tasteful coiffure. Hair is also added to give the eyebrows and Vyc- Ushea, and a dentist fits the waxen beauty with a pearly set of artificial teeth. The wax used is of a special, very fine finality which Is tinted helore it U modelled. The. artist curies his molten wax in a pot wiLh a spout. He At Work in the Studio Where HeteJs One of the Charming Figures One of the Many Poses She Can Readily Assume. pours it ovpr the. framework of the figure nnd then moulds it into Ehape, working very much as a sculptor would Triih clay, but the work is more complicated inasmuch as-the artist muit produce' the proper tint as well as the proper curve. It is well known that a reproduction of a human figure perfect in proportion and distribu- the Automaton Models Are Made. lion of weight, cannot be depended upon to stand erect. Thz livin.it man holds himself upright by an unconscious balancing cJTort, To meet thia difficulty in the automaton a gyroscopic attach- ment has been introduced which brings the figure. back to the upright whenever it begins to fall' jiTrny. And They Won1! Strike! "There seems to bs no say a n Parisian, "but lhat the wax mannequin cnn adcqaatel? show Iho wonderful creations of the Parisian de- and there ia no question 6Mhcir goin? upon strike or leaving suddenly in the midst of n busy season. Moreover, since the awful de- struction of human lives dfcring the vrnr, it is more ttian ever necessary _lhat cvtry _ person Bhoulfl be engaged in some useful, productive oc- cupation. There also the truth which cannct be denied Ih.'it were and are many tempta- tions in the life of the mannequin. It ia easy lo covet good clothes when one constantly displays rich garments for a living. The automaton can- not be templed." ]t rcmaing to be proved whether the automatic' mannequin will prove as good a business getter as her living, breathing rival. AccorJing to. all rules of one may safely propheay {hat fewer husbands will be interested in visiting the Steal (IrcssTnakeTS1 B'nowrooma, but Ihivt many wives will havij less cause for Jealousy. Just Like n Living Belle, with Real Hair, Dccornled in Most Winning Expression of the Art. It is quite plain, of course, that no human in- genuity could-ever-create a complete-and wholly effective rival to Ihc living girl who wriggles down the room m a taffeta affair of maddening beauty. Maybe you never saw how they do they curve end how they look out from under their carefully' accentuated, brows thev do it. no mechanism could imitate could quite "do ,th.it ".VampV models have- lo be alive, and vamping is quite clearly under- stood to be part of the game, even if the victim is" to be a womarAnslead of a man. So far as art'can go in producing the real vamp effect it has gone in theic models, but you are not lo understand that they look soubrettish. Quite the They loali seductive, but they are Arranged on rroml lody lir.cs just, the same. A group of then) debutantes and young matrons at a very-swell Parisian or Newport nfTair. NtiLurnljy it is uncanny lo see these figures move, or even to see them loung- ing in such oslraordinary life-like posi- tions. Everybody who sees them haa the same sensation at it is a TCtjsaLion with a twinge of something startling nn'd awk- ward in it. But thia E Lion pass es1 0 no nets the .and especially one -gcld_ the fintl comfort- ableness .of having wax, rubber and ma- chinery (lo the work. Even ti woman, who cares nothing much for any working An Automaton Soiree in a Paris _L girl's fcclinga cnn get the value of having at hoT command a figure that can't get tired and that can-be studied deliberately and for any length' time without the shadow of any thought b-j' the. busincsa-in hand. Because They Don't Get Tired! More than once I have seen living inaniwquiua look tired. Why shouldn't they be tired, getting in and out of one gown After another and spend- ing so mnny hours on feel? Well, you don't have to think of that with the make-believe Her emilc is on to stay find she njcvcr gets pale under rouge. That sparkle of her eyes is there for keeps. So much for art. I have no doubt that exquisite as these; crea- tions arc we have not had i'no Inst word. Artists will enjoy carrying to higher jioinle of perfection this simulation of feminine loveliness, Surely there is something here to appeal to the imagina- tion of the illustrator and pninLcr. Yet probably the greatest difficulties Via in Llic choice of ma- tcrinl nntl' the use of niechanic.-.i ns well as textural devices to assure-the flexibility neces- sary to posture 37.il moveincnt. Xo mere jointed doll devices would answer thu purpose nt nil, However, it must be admitted th.it invention Jias gone pretty far in this case already. The next thing lo know is whether the substitutes for th? living arc really going to attain anything like a permanent popularity. Jf you feel a bit sorry for tne living models, and I hops you will, for they arc very charming and have n hard job of it, please remember, that girls so charming nowadays seem quickly lo find a way for mating more money'with less arduous labor by going into ihc The fact is Ihnt they ore, like the doing just Ihiit, and very Perhaps thnt is what b-j- g'an'lhe trouble. Modiste's Exhibition Theatre. ;