The Secret Life of Mannequins

A look at the varied uses of mannequins since the mid-20th Century

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A storage room full of mannequins and spare body parts, circa 1971.
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A mannequin in a department store dressed in a suspender belt and bra. The shop is possibly Harrods of London, during their Great Summer Sale.
Hillman Lee, manager of a department store, is surrounded by mannequins and mannequin parts which endured an atomic blast while in the basement bomb shelter of house number one at the Nevada proving grounds near Las Vegas, Nevada on March 17, 1953.
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A store window displaying a mannequin underneath a beauty parlor hair dryer on Nov., 30, 1977 in Los Angeles, California.
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Excess mannequin arms sit on a shelf in a storage room at the Goldsmith Factory in New York City on Aug., 3, 2007.
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A mannequin of a baby sits on the 'A Top Mannequin' factory floor on Nov., 11, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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A mannequin wearing triple voile nightgown by Helene Yrande.
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Student Frank Schreiber brushes the teeth of a mannequin named Frau Schmidt, used as a model patient during an elderly care training program, on May 14, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.
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A storage room full of mannequins and spare body parts, circa 1971.
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Mannequins posing with multi-purpose camera backpacks during a session for Digital Camera Magazine on March 31, 2011.
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Mannequins that represent a typical American family in Yucca Flats, Nevada await a 1955 blast test intended to determine chances of humans surviving a nuclear attack.
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A group of photographers in New York take pictures of a dummy (prepared by photographer Weegee) arranged as though killed in a shootout in 1946.
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Spider webs cover a mannequin at a factory in Ampang, in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur on Oct.,17, 2016.
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