Department Store Mannequins, L. Frank Baum, and Automatonophobia, of course

Six things (or more¬† — but who’s counting) about the history of department store MANNEQUINS that everyone needs to know ¬† 1. The Dutch word mannekijn, which meant “little man,” evolved to mannequin in France, where it first referred to an artist’s jointed model. By the 1800s, shops in Paris used full-size mannequins made of wicker or paper mache to display clothing. 2. Around the turn of the 20th century, the first...

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