Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Creepy Creepy Old West Waxwork Figures

 These used to be at the always fascinating Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston, IL, where I have picked up many an interesting bit of Americana.
I think they came from a wax museum or Old West theme park that went out of business. They weren't in the best of shape by the time I took these pics.
I think this one's supposed to be Jesse or Frank James. His shirt needs washing, in either case.

 Those gloves are empty! Plus the left arm seems to have become disconnected from the shoulder, adding to the walking-dead vibe.
Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley are somewhat better preserved, at least from a few feet away.

Uh-oh--that buckskin's looking a little frayed. Let's get a better look at Miss Jane-- 
 Good lord! She has the eyebrows of a Yeti! Let's look a bit closer at Bill:
GAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaahhhhHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Back away, hellspawn!
 That's better. A little better. Still he looks like a cadaver painted up by a frontier undertaker after a week in the hot sun.
 And this feller was the only one not for sale (see sign.) He's the only one not made of wax, and he has his own wheelchair!
 I suspect this is why he wasn't for sale: Look at his mouth. Peer inside. Yes, that's right--he talks!
I took these pictures a few years ago, and the other figures are gone--probably sold--
--but the Old Timer is still there at the Pink Elephant, greeting customers as they come in through the door. Pay him a visit if you're traveling I-55 through Illinois.

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