History

The Hall of Presidents & First Ladies closed its doors after nearly 60 years of continuous operation on November 27th 2016. An auction was held for its contents at the 1863 Inn of Gettysburg on January 24th, 2017. The wax figures were sold off, and you may be surprised where some have relocated to. Read the USA Today article about the auction.

Dorfman Museum Figures, Inc. was founded by Earl Dorfman in 1957.  His son, Robert, followed in his footsteps.   A Dorfman figure is manufactured in several stages:

  • Sculptor models the head in clay.  A mold is made of the clay, and liquid vinyl plastic of the consistency of honey is poured into it.  After head is pulled from mold, it is painted and hairs are inserted.  The eyes are purchased from an optical supply company.
  • Another hard part to get right is the torso, arms and legs.  Made out of Fiberglass and Styrofoam.  The fully articulating arms are made of wood.  Dorfman says, “The art is getting the whole body in a real-life pose.”
  • Vinyl-plastic is used for the hands.  One advantage is the fact that it accepts hair readily.
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