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Before Papier-Mache
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Comparative Anatomy
Learning Anatomy in the 20th Century
Photograph of The Visible Woman anatomical kit, about 1960
  The Visible Woman anatomical kit, about 1960
 
You may notice the lack of genitalia. Manufacturers of anatomical models offered full-figured male and female models with or without genitalia. Models with genitalia are more common in European than in American museums. Americans in the 19th century used phrases such as "after nature" and "organs of generation" to gently refer to reproductive organs. This continued well into the 20th century, when paper models and later plastic model kits produced for the general public lacked sexual organs. Note the warning to parents in the lower left corner of the Visible Woman model kit that the contents include the "Optional Feature: The Miracle Of Creation."
 
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Photograph of  the Interior of the Visible Woman anatomical kit, about 1960
  Interior of the Visible Woman anatomical kit, about 1960  
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