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(First off, I hope I am posting in the right place, if not I apologize- sooner or later I will get the hang of this)

As you can probably tell, I am a history lover. I teach it, I created a Website for it, and I had a really cool family that never threw anything away for hundreds of years (that might be a slight exaggeration).

My friends try to understand my love of history. I had one friend suggest to me that I might want to find a forum (I believe it was her goal to divert me to more like-minded people.) I hadn't imagined there was such a thing- but I am glad to be wrong.

In terms of interest- really anything goes. I teach Canadian history, so anything Canadian and World War related I would be glad to know about. I love ancient history and am currently riding a wave of investigation into the French Revolution- but really with history anything goes:-)

If you have any suggestions for me I would be very appreciative. It seems like a big world in here- YAY!

(P.S. Does everyone else see this crazed yellow happy face flogging a dead horse?)
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The Truth about Rescue Annie

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 11:18 AM by Brushedwithmystery

She is called the most ‘kissed face in history’, but we know her as Rescue Annie. Most of us will at one time or another meet her in a First Aid class, and be forced to test our CPR techniques on her for a possible emergency. She will be lying there all too lifelike but silent. But she does have a story: she is the face of a woman who lived and died in the nineteenth century.
Nicknamed L’Inconnue de la Seine, she was pulled out of the Seine River in the 1880’s, as a possible suicide victim. A pathologist at the morgue was so taken by her beauty that he made a plaster cast death mask of her face. Her identity was never discovered.
Peter Safar was an Austrian, who moved to the States in the late forties , and worked as an anesthesiologist. Together with James Elam, the two discovered the CPR technique. Needing a mannequin, the two turned to Asmund Laerdal, who was a Norwegian doll maker who fashioned Rescue Annie. It is Laerdal who made the decision to give Annie the face of L’Inconnue de la Seine. Perhaps for him it was a fitting combination: paring the face of a drowned woman with the hope of survival. A strange tale of Sleeping Beauty.
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