Scary as fuck.
I now need to sign up for a lifetime of therapy.
By the way it’s illuminating to see Lord Sugar in his younger days in the second photo. The “Wild West” look went down well on the consumer electronics circuit back in the early 80s I am told.
I believe that’s Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody.
Do I see Obama’s real birth certificate up there?
Ah, and no Lamb Chop.
Oh, in “lifelong” therapy, as soon as you start to feel good, you ask the shrink for a refunds.
Hoowdy Doody (2nd pic) is a marionette, not a vent dummy. And Buffalo Bob was no ventriloquist.
My goodness…. the earlier ones must’ve been made creepy on purpose. Nice to see Lon Chaney and a young Fred Allen though.
anyone else amused by the Evangelist Ventriloquist? it has a nice ring to it.
Great pictures! Remember, the figgers were made for stage use in their time, not for photo sessions. Vent routines were very different then, too.
photo #3 was used in a Monty Python animation.
what the heck were these folk smokin”.
feed the need to see more then move to aus”truckin”falia and meet em on the streets
makes the muppets look .. “no it doesn’t even do that……….just woke up sweating, omg.
Really wish there were captions for these. I’d like to know who they were. Ventriloquists have always amazed me. Sometimes I have trouble talking even WITH moving my lips.
dunno about the dummies but the ventriloquist in photo #1 is HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What the hell is that on the 3rd picture! Oh my god, that’s the type of thing I used to check under my bed for! :O
OMG IM TERORROR FIED AHHHH
Did anyone notice the “arrest record” dated Feb.31st, 1924? ARE there 31 days in February?
That’s cool, I didn’t need to sleep for the next week anyways…
Need to add Mortimer Snerd and Edgar Bergen! And Lambchop. Props to the pros!
And yes, those papier mache’ ones are creeeeeeppeeeeee!!!!!!
Creepy to the max! Were these puppets supposed to be used around children? Were some of them treated like children? Candise Bergen said Charlie was.
Most of the people who made these dummies had actually never seen real humans before. Give them a break.
Number 3 scares me the most. He looks like something that would crawl through your bedroom window in the middle of the night, stab you multiple times, then drag your bloody corpse to the kitchen and cook you into a big meat pie.
Picture N0.1 Such a creepy dummy,with such a handsome master,beautiful hands,too.Who was he and when was he around?
Confirms my theory that it is actually impossible to create a ventriloquist dummy that doesn’t make you want to invent a time machine so that you can go back and prevent yourself from ever having looked at it.
On the Evangelist & Mrs. Bishop Photo -Which one of the guys is Timmy?
Scary stuff indeed!
What fine fellows.
I wonder if some are related to my own ventriloquial sidekick Hugo. He was rescued from the attic of a dead magician:
but maybe the weirdest thing is that Mrs. Bishop totally looks like a man in drag.
Jack Black seven down
Where’s Señor Wences, Jonnie, Pedro, and Cecilia? AND, he was a great plate spinning juggler too!
I think the one in the hospital is more of a medical instructional tool, rather than a ventriloquist dummy. Of course, that would make some interesting instruction:
teacher-nurse: “now if you look, you’ll see the ‘baby’s’ head crowning….”
Dummy: “Holy S___T! It really IS like pushing a watermalon out of a pin hole!”
@kaitlyn you are so right about the nursing dummy. When I was a kid in the 70s my mom was a nursing instructor and when I would go to work with her I’d sneak away to the lab and they had full bodied more realistic dummies in hospital beds for the students to practice on. Not sure if they still do that in nursing school now…
I have a friend who does a modern ventriloquist show. It is actually really funny and a bit dirty. He does corporate parties and such, he finds out about the employees there and jokes about them in his act. The dummy is still creepy though.
Mrs. John Bishop looks like “House” star Hugh Laurie in drag.
Aaack! The third one down is even dressed like a little butcher!
Anyone have info on #4?
Apart from all this being quite disturbing, No #3 is Fedor Wittkowsky aka Henry Rox, and Max – more under http://www.wittkowsky.net/where.htm
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