Tussard’s Waxwork Show

Waxworks Exhibitions for Skegness



It has been a tradition for many years that anyone on a visit to London should visit Tussard’s Waxwork Show, and Mr. Frank Evans is endeavouring to make it a tradition for Skegness that all should visit Louis Tussard’s Waxwork Exhibition, which he is presenting at his Amusement Arcade in High Street, which will be opened next week.

Co-incident with the great interest aroused locally in circuses by the visit of Bertram Mills’ Olympia Circus to Boston and Lincoln, and the opening of a resident circus at the Winter Gardens, the proprietors of this new amusement venture has engaged Prof. Phil Waters and his celebrated Flea Circus. It is almost incredible to learn that such a small insect as the common flea can be trained to perform tricks, but this is definitely the truth and Prof. Waters’ fleas can be seen walking on tight-ropes, riding a bicycle, lifting and juggling with balls more than five times their own weight, and Samson, the strongest flea, has been trained to turn a miniature roundabout. These most aristocratic fleas are each fitted with a gold wire collar,

Mr. Evans is also training his own troupe of performing fleas the nucleus of the circus at present attending their preliminary classes and the building up of the company has elicited the advertisement which can be seen on another page.

“Wanted.—Large Household Fleas. She-males preferred. Good prices paid for strong specimens. ”

Madam Blair, who, for a challenge if £500, is attempting to fast for 35 days can also be seen at the New Amusement Arcade, High Street.

Source: Skegness News 18th July 1934

Film Stars In Waxworks Exhibition



An impressive tableau from Cecil B. De Mille’s spectacular picture ‘Sign of the Cross’ —with astoundingly lifelike figures of Charles Laughton, as Nero, reclining on his throne, Claudette Colbert and Frederick March—is one of the special features of the waxworks exhibition which has been opened by Mr. Frank Evans in High Street.

This and other notable exhibits were shown to a “Skegness News” representative yesterday (Tuesday) by Major A. W. Johnson, manager of Louis Tussaud’s Art Wax Co., Ltd., of Cardiff, who has carried out the installation of the many figures and tableaux on Mr. Evans’ behalf.

Other impressive tableaux are. of King John signing the Magna Charta and of Sir Walter Raleigh in the Tower, while the humorous side is touched by a representation of Ralph Lynn and Toni Walls in the bedroom scene from their well-known talkie “Thark.”

Film stars are Well. represented in the gallery. John and Lionel Barrymore are seen as the leading male characters in the controversial film “Rasputin.” Others are Maurice Chevalier, Helen Hayes, Rene Ray and Anna May Wong.


There is an interesting variety of present and past celebrities. The figure

of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales wears a straw bloater at the angle which has become so familiar. Other celebrities are 11 Duce Benito Mussolini, Mr. Ramsay MacDonald, Senator Marconi, General Booth, Napoleon and Dr. Hertz.

The effigies of well-known sportsmen wear the actual clothes which were worn on notable occasions by their real-life counterparts. Sir Malcolm Campbell appears in a suit of white overalls in which he broke several land speed records. Herbert Sutcliffe, Don Bradman and Harold Larwood wear flannels which survived Test Matches. Foot-ball stars who follow suit are Alex James and Sam Gowan.

An excellent representation of Strube’s “Little Man” is included among the figures, while the inevitable waxworks policeman stands on duty at the entrance.


The Chamber of Horrors in the basement does not belie its name. Some of the exhibits are by no means easily described. Nevertheless horror is not the sole aim, the collection having a high interest value.

Striking lighting effects have been arranged by Mr. Walker, electrician to the Louis Tussaud Company in connection with a very effective tableau of Joan of Arc being burnt at the stake. Numerous forms of torture practised in the Middle Ages are also gruesomely portrayed.

Murderer Charles Peace

Murderers who have paid the penalty for their crimes, and who figure in this exhibition, include George (“Brides in the Bath”) Smith; Fowler and Millson, the Muswell Hill murderers; Stenie Morrison, the Clapham murderer; Charles Peace; Mrs. Dyer, who murdered babies entrusted to her care by drowning them in the Thames at Reading; and Rouse, of blazing car notoriety.

The central feature of this chamber of horrors is a life-size representation of a guillotine at the moment of completion of its ghastly act.

Source: Skegness News 25th July 1934

Note: Charles Peace was executed by William Marwood of Horncastle in 1881.


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