James and Judy

I am obsessed with Mannequins and Manikins now and I just knew that you would want to share my obsession!

Here are some facts you may not have known about mannequins and manikins and I’m sure there are lots more I can dig up for you!

  • A male mannequin is called a James and a female is a Judy
James and Judy
  • A medical dummy or artists tool is called a ‘manikin’ and a clothing related dummy is a ‘mannequin’
  • Ivan Ivanovich (the Russian equivalent of John Doe) is the name of the dummy used in Vostok spacecraft test flights
Ivan Ivanovich
  • Resusci Annie is a manikin used to teach CPR
Resusci Annie
  • The Old English word manikin was a derogatory term for a little man, dwarf or pygmy
  • Mannequin comes from the Flemish word Mannaken meaning ‘little man’ in reference to the Middle Ages practice where public displays of women’s clothes were performed by male pages
  • In the 1950’s, mannequins were used in nuclear tests to help show the effects of nuclear weapons on humans
  • Manufacturers are now selling ‘sexy/busty’ mannequins and ‘voluptuous female’ ones with a 40DD bust and Barbie-doll type waists
  • Mannequins were used in the trenches in World War I to lure enemy snipers away from the soldiers
WW1 Mannequin
  • ‘Harvey’ is one of the earliest medical simulators available for training of health care professionals
  • Agalmatophilia describes a sexual attraction towards mannequins (plenty of images on the web if you feel the need)

I don’t think this is the last you are going to hear about mannequins!

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