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Object ID # 1959.058.002
Object Name Manikin, Display
Title Wax Girl Display Head
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date Early 20th-century
Year Range from 1905
Year Range to 1959
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Milliner's female wax head with human hair. This is a life-like model of a child-size female head, mounted on a piece of wax. She has brown hair and brown eyes, with real eyebrows and eyelashes, and has red-painted lips which are wearing off. This display head was formerly used at McKay Brothers, an Owen Sound drygoods store in the 20th-century.
Makers mark None
Provenance The previous owner, Mr. James B. McKay, was the owner of the McKay Bros. Limited drygoods store at 942 2nd Ave. East, Owen Sound, Ontario, circa 1959. McKay Bros. had retained an old-fashioned appearance inside its store, and had wax heads displayed inside wood and glass display case-style store counters. The clerks also used a money monorail device which was very interesting to watch.

The McKay brothers came to Owen Sound in 1905 (another source says 1883) and established their dry goods business on Main St. (Poulett St.). In 1923, they bought the building that had previously belonged to their competitor, Ryan Brothers Dry Goods (942 2nd Ave. East). The McKay Bros. store was sold in 1989.

In 1991, the building was designated with a historical plaque by the Owen Sound LACAC. This plaque says that the McKays bought the store in 1924 from Ryan Brothers. The store was designed in 1905 by Forster & Clark for Ryan Bros.
Collection Commercial Equipment Collection
Material Wax/Hair, Human/Paint
Dimensions H-9.646 Cir-18.307 inches
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Subjects Owen Sound Business
Owen Sound Businesses