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.

Maker: Renwal Products Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, Mineola

Subject: EducationBirth Control/ContraceptionAnatomyEducation


See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, Health & Medicine, Sputnik


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1998.0185.02Catalog Number: 1998.0185.02Accession Number: 1998.0185

Object Name: model, anatomical, male

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 inoverall: 2 3/4 in x 13 in x 16 in; 6.985 cm x 33.02 cm x 40.64 cm


Record Id: nmah_214319

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