The Visible Man

People have long sought better ways to illustrate and understand the structure and functions of the human body. Paper dolls and wax, papier-mache, and plaster anatomical models have all been used as tools to teach human anatomy. In the wake of the launch of the Sputnik satellite, the Renwall Toy Corporatiion of Mineola on Long Island, New York, prepared a line of models for educational purposes. Participants in the project included company executives Irving Lublow amd Irving Rosenbloom and New jersey designer Marcel Jovine. they proposed and designed this plastic anatomical model with removable parts.
Introduced in the fall of 1959, it initially sold for $4.98. The model has a clear plastic body or shell and comes with a "complete" skeleton, "all vital organs," and a round plastic display stand. The kit also includes instructions on how to assemble and disassemble the model and a pamphlet, "An Introduction To Anatomy: An Illustrated Guide to the Visible Man." This kit was never assembled.
Currently not on view
Object Name
model, anatomical, male
Renwal Products Company
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
cardboard (box material)
paper (part material)
overall: 41 cm x 13.3 cm x 7 cm; 16 1/8 in x 5 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in
overall: 2 3/4 in x 13 in x 16 in; 6.985 cm x 33.02 cm x 40.64 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, Mineola
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Health & Medicine
Birth Control/Contraception
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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