Vince's Left leg from Crash Test Dummy Commercials

Description
In the 1970s, few motorists wore seat belts because of apathy, distrust, or ignorance of the safety benefits. In 1985 the U. S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) partnered with the Ad Council to create television and radio public service announcements that would persuade motorists to buckle up. The Ad Council hired Leo Burnett, a talent company, which recommended the use of humor. Leo Burnett staff writer Jim Ferguson and art director / creative director Joel Machak created Vince and Larry, a pair of crash test dummy characters with personalities and attitudes. For the actual filming, Grant McCune, a special effects designer and a partner at Apogee Productions, worked with Apogee’s costume designer, Wanda Watkins, to create believable dummy costumes. Watkins purchased race car driver jumpsuits – gray for Vince, blue for Larry – and applied silkscreened safety tape and bulls-eyes that simulated camera targets. One of Vince’s costumes had a detachable leg so that he appeared to be dismembered after a crash. For this costume, Watkins cut a sleeve off a jumpsuit. Apogee staff members made an appliance that allowed Tony Reitano, who played Vince, to eject the leg.
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
molded resin (overall material)
manmade shoe material (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 24 in x 13 in x 4 in; 60.96 cm x 33.02 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
2011.0088.26
accession number
2011.0088
catalog number
2011.0088.26
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
American Enterprise
Transportation
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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