The Visible Man

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
model, anatomical, male
maker
Renwal Products Company
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
cardboard (box material)
paper (part material)
Measurements
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
1998.0185.02
catalog number
1998.0185.02
accession number
1998.0185
subject
Health & Medicine
Education
Birth Control/Contraception
Anatomy
Education
Sputnik
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Sputnik
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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