Curtius and Madame Tussaud
In the second half of the 18th century, wax figures became popular. In Paris, several merchants made effigies of current celebrities or great men. At this time, photography still did not exist! These representations were reputed to be uncanny lookalikes, especially when they were sculpted from life, based on living models or death masks. The most famous among them was Philippe Mathé-Curtz, otherwise known as Curtius, who owned two stores, the first in the Palais-Royal and the second, here, on the Boulevard du Temple. Here, he exhibited the busts of famous philosophers like Voltaire or Rousseau, as well as the famous American revolutionary Benjamin Franklin.
36 boulevard du Temple