1930 & 1940 Composition Ventriloquist & Puppet Dummies

Called toy ventriloquist figures, the first two composition ventriloquist dummies have a string coming out the back of the neck, which works the mouth. Each of these ventriloquist dummies are a bit different, with the first, Dapper or Dummy Dan has a movable head as well as the pull string. His body is hollow and there is a slot in the back of his original coat to insert a hand to operate his functions. The second (Winston, a Charlie McCarthy doll) having only the mouth mechanism, works by the pull string and a spring.  His head is immovable.  The third, a marionette puppet, Howdy Doody, is operated with the aide of a cardboard triangle above him in which the strings that operate his frame, arms, legs and mouth are attached.

The problems were universal with these toys.  Because of the deep contours in their faces, the paint had lifted, split, chipped and dried.  Each face has been redone, careful to duplicate the original. The bodies have been cleaned and a few pieces of fabric were used, but essentially they are original. Winston was purchased on Ebay and was said to be haunted.  There was an elaborate testimonial in which the seller talked of objects moving and the meter to detect electrical impulse went off the chart when applied to his chest.  He also spoke to the seller, but she had no idea what he said, except he told her is name was Winston (apparently the name of his original owner).  At any rate, Winston has yet to show me any of that.  I suspect he is pretty happy now. 

Dapper or Dummy Dan is

from the 1930’s. His finish

was lifted and cracked and

his mouth had lost its spring.

He has a free floating head

that turns from side to

side with a hole in his back

for initiate movement.

He has been restored and

still wears the original

clothing. Totally charming!

 

Dapper Dan ventriloquist doll
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Howdy Doody was a popular

child’s TV show from 1947-1960.

This Howdy Doody is a marionette

with a movable mouth. He has

multiple strings so (for a talented

operator) he can do almost any

movement.  He has all original

clothing so what he really needed

was his lifting and cracked paint,

in his deep facial contours, restored.

 Howdy Doody composition puppet head  Howdy Doody composition puppet head
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This doll was an ebay find, said to

be haunted, talked  to the seller,

moved things, flashed lights, etc.

Scared her and her family. The doll

told the seller his name was Winston,

as was the original owner.   Winston

is actually a Charley McCarthy doll

and has been restored. He must be

pretty happy sitting and watching

the doings in the studio with Dan

because he has yet to talk to me

or move anything.   He is very

handsome.

 

 

 Charlie McCarthy composition ventriloquist doll  Charlie McCarthy composition ventriloquist doll
 Charlie McCarthy composition ventriloquist doll  Charlie McCarthy composition ventriloquist doll
 Charlie McCarthy composition ventriloquist doll  Charlie McCarthy composition ventriloquist doll  Charlie McCarthy composition ventriloquist doll

 

 

 

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