Monday, June 29, 2009

Lay Figure

Okay, here's the story. A few years ago we were at an antique show when we saw this this guy sitting in the booth of a doll dealer. The best lay figure (artists' model mannequin, whatever) that we'd ever seen. About two feet tall with a real face and glass eyes. And a bald head. Had to have him.

The dealer gave us this info for background: he came from a Montreal Doll Museum that had gone out of business. But wait, there's more. This private museum was the home of a collector who was a midget and who shared her house and life with a giant. Retired carny folk, the home was constructed to fit both their needs; scaled for her, scaled for him. There's even a NFB documentary about them.

Except that I can't find said film listed with the NFB. Google search shows nothing similar, I'm still trying.

A friend of ours, an ex curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, swears he's modeled after one of the Tsars Peter. Personally, I don't see it.

Never mind, it's still a good story.

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