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Category Archives: Cabbie’s Curios

Glimpse of the past…. Eerie Mannequins, a Halloween Special

In March 1925 a huge fire erupted at Madame Tussauds, the famous waxwork museum on Marylebone Road.

The fire at Madame Tussauds, March 1925 (image: Copyright London Illustrated News)

So intense was the blaze that flames leapt up to 5o feet into  the air and, according to a report in the Manchester Guardian, one eyewitness who lived opposite said the “wax models could be distinctly heard sizzling.

The two unsettling images below depict damaged dummies which were salvaged from the building’s smouldering ruins.

Sleep tight….

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Time Out Blog: Nine things you probably didn’t know about Euston station

Euston is 180 years old this July. My latest blog for Time Out looks at some unusual trivia associated with the station. Please click here to read more.

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Candid capital: The Transparent Woman

The Transparent Woman

This haunting training model for medical students was made in Dresden- then part of Communist East Germany- in 1980. It was restored in 2006 and is currently on long term loan to the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road.