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Mr. Robert Moses, president of the New York World's Fair, 
speaking at dedication ceremonies for Walter's International 
Wax Museum. Ambassador Richard C. Patterson, Jr., Chief 
of Protocol, is at right. 

Cover: Walter's International Wax Museum will contain more than thirty life-size tableaux based on famous paintings, 
mythology, religious and historic events, and motion picture and television personalities. The architect is Mr. John 
Harold Barry. 

Excerpts from transcription of remarks made by 
officials of Walter's International Wax Museum 
and the Fair at dedication ceremonies at the New 
York World's Fair, October 1, 1963. 

[Chief of Protocol]: Mr. Walter, Mr. Moses, Mr. Con- 
stable and ladies and gentlemen. A world's fair serves 
many purposes, and one of them is to provide entertain- 
ment for its visitors — not the sort of entertainment sug- 
gested by some misguided people, but as Mr. Moses has 
so often said, a wholesome program, which will appeal 
to all people. 

Walter's International Wax Museum fits this bill per- 
fectly, and if what happened at the Seattle World's Fair 
is any indication, it could turn out to be one of the most 
popular exhibits at the Fair. The Wax Museum — Paris 
Spectacular at Seattle attracted over one million paying 

guests. This turn-out more than justified the belief of Lou 
and Manny Walter that wax museums are a lost art in 

Long and varied experience in many fields has made 
our first speaker the perfect choice for the post he holds. 
He is an architect, a landscape specialist, a dedicated 
public official, and a famous consultant to countless official 
and private agencies. I am privileged to present the vice 
president of Operations, Mr. Stuart Constable. 

MR. STUART CONSTABLE: Thank you. We're de- 
lighted to welcome the Walter's Wax Museum people 
here at this ceremony. We are sure that their show will 
be as great a success as was the one in Seattle. We'll be 
seeing you people from now through the operating period 
of the Fair. There's just one thing I want to say: I do not 
believe that the characters in your production are likely to 
give our police very much trouble. 

And now it gives me a great deal of pleasure to intro- 
duce the man with whom I have been associated for thirty 
years, Mr. Robert Moses, president of the World's Fair. 

MR. ROBERT MOSES: I like these shows. My mind 
goes back to earlier days in New York — when my family- 
moved here from New Haven. One of the things that I 
was introduced to was the Eden Musee down on 23 rd 
Street. My brother and I, and chums of ours, used to go 
down there very often — we loved the wax figures ; 

1963 New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation 

they were very good. And there were some very gruesome 
ones that we liked, too — one was a fellow in India, being 
put to death by having an elephant step on his head. A 
delightful scene. And they had a character there called 
"Ajeeb" ; he was a chess and checker player from the 
Near or Far East. He had wires inside of him and he was 
terrific. He could beat practically anybody in chess or 
checkers, and if you tried any funny stuff, he'd sweep all 
the pieces off the checker board. And actually, of course, 
there couldn't have been anyone inside this thing — it was 
all wired. We were always trying to figure out where 
Ajeeb really was, and how he made this thing work. 

We found out one day — we went down there and 
stood on a brownstone stoop across the way, next to the 
Putnam Publishing House, and we found that Ajeeb was 
up in the ceiling, working this thing with wires. And 
when he saw these two fresh kids across the way watching. 
he pulled down the shades, but by that time we knew 
where Ajeeb was. 

I don't know whether or not you're going to have an 
Ajeeb. I like all these characters here very much, I think 
they're terrific. 

Anybody who wanders into one of these places at night 
is going to have a terrific experience. I think this museum 
is one of the most entertaining things and I'm delighted 
that we have it here. I'm an afficionalo — if that's the 

word — of these wax works. I think this will be a great 
thing, and I think Fair visitors are going to enjoy it 

Now, I have a couple of medallions that I want to 
present to Mr. Lou Walter — one for him and one for 
his brother. The medallion has the Unisphere® on one 
side and the coat of arms of the City of New York on the 
other. The reason for the coat of arms is that 1964 will be 
the 300th anniversary of the City. Will you keep this 
among your wax works and look at it occasionally, Mr. 

AMBASSADOR PATTERSON: Ladies and gentle- 
men, earlier I referred to the success of Lou and Manny's 
Wax Museum — Paris Spectacular at the Seattle Fair. It 
all began in the late 1950s when these two prominent Cali- 
fornia businessmen toured the wax museums of Europe. 
They decided this was a lost craft in America, and they 
would do something about it. We are grateful that they 
did, and that the millions of Fair visitors will see a sample 
of this fabulous art. I have the privilege of introducing 
Mr. Lou Walter. 

MR LOU WALTER: Thank you. Mr. Moses and offi- 
cials of the Fair. Before we came into this room we were 
taken into the briefing room and one becomes spellbound. 
It's such a magnificent feat — the World's Fair of 1964- 
1965. We are blessed to be born in the days when we can 

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Mr. Lou Walter, of Walter's International Wax Museum, 
receiving official Fair medallion from Mr. Robert Moses. 

Discussing the wax figures are Mr. Stuart Constable, vice 
president in charge of Operations at the Fair, Mr. Lou 
Walter, and Mr. Robert Moses. 

have the type of architectural and structural designs within 
our grasp today. And we are very happy to be part of 
this magnificent undertaking. I am sure we will do our 
best to make this — our show — a success and keep it in 
a dignified and elegant manner. We will have a medium 
of entertainment that will reach all the masses — the 
young and the old. 

Our building is under construction now, and it will be 
up in time. I would like to say we were the first exhibit 
in the entertainment field in Seattle to be up in time. So 
we're going to meet our schedule here, also. We feel that 
we have the experience behind us and we will go forward 
and will be a big asset. 

I'd like to say one more thing, if I may. I failed to 
introduce my wife, who has been a mainstay in our under- 
taking: Mrs. Lou Walter. 

ter. Here is a telegram, just handed to me, from Mr. Lou 
Walter's brother: 

"Walter's International Wax Museum, care of the 
World's Fair Board Room: Dear Lou: We have gone 
through many hard and trying days together. My wishes, 
I am sure, are as yours — that this day will be memorable 
and successful and coupled with the happiness and health 
that we have had in our many years of association. Love 
to you. Signed, brother Manny." 


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Flushing, N. Y. 11380 

Tel. 21 2- WF 4-1964 

ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Choir/nan of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretory of tiie Corporation and Assistant to the President 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer