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The Glass Woman, 1935

Claimed to be the first exhibit of its type, a life-sized anatomically correct human figure with transparent “skin”. The model has detailed visible internal features and is internally illuminated. It created a sensation when first displayed and inspired many copies and imitations. The “glass” is actually Cellon, an early type of cellulose-based plastic. Cellon was also used during World War I when Germany experimented with “transparent” aircraft.

The original Gläserne Frau is still on display at the German Hygiene Museum, Dresden - Central Institute of Medical Education.

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