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Women with Dummies Female Ventriloquist with Vent Figures Vintage Photographs

Women with Dummies

Are ventriloquist dummies any less creepy when being manipulated by women?  Well, I don't see them as creepy at all, I see them as complicated, handmade and hand carved folk art objects with long and noble careers.  The dummies, that is.  The women with their hands up Woody's crotch might be a little strange, but the dolls (or using the proper term "vents" ) are fine with me.

Striving to be gender friendly in all endeavors, the author spent a decade collecting antique vintage photographs of ventriloquists with their tool, and while I cannot say total equality was achieved, I dare say you have never seen so many pictures of the "fairer" sex with blockheads before.  Dummy dames? 


Folk Art Ventriloquist Head collection Jim Linderman

Vintage Folk Art Ventriloquist Dummy Head Wood, cork and paint.  Circa 1940 Collection Jim Linderman

Of related interest is I'M WITH DUMMY: Vent Figures and Blockheads  Vintage Photographs from the Jim Linderman Collection (Book and Ebook $5.99 download for Ipad HERE)

Travels with Charlie (McCarthy) Blockhead, Personality, Smartass, Dummy

A young boy or girl practices not moving his or her lips. Charlie McCarthy was once the world's most famous blockhead, sidekick and as unlikely as it seems (since the whole point is to SEE the ventriloquist) radio personality. He was owned by Candice Bergen's father.

Actually, now that I think of it, Charlie had a whole lot more personality than Ryan Seacrest.

W.C. Fields: "Quiet, Wormwood, or I'll whittle you into a venetian blind."
Charlie: "Ooh, that makes me shutter!"

Other Vent Figures HERE

Vernacular Snapshot of a child with ventriloquist dummy Charlie McCarthy Circa 1940? Collection Jim Linderman

Dull Tool Dim Bulb Books HERE

Vintage Ventriloquist Dummy Vent Figure

Vintage Ventriloquist Dummy Vent Figure  Mid-20th Century Clay and wood with wire mechanism, handmade.  Eyes, mouth and arms move.  36" long.  See also the book I'M WITH DUMMY available HERE in paperback and hardcover.

Keychain Dummy Ventriloquist Head

Keychain Dummy Ventriloquist Head circa 1960?  Eyes move back and forth, Jaw opens to yap. Collection Jim Linderman

Vintage Ventriloquist Vent Dummy (and one in the box) Original Snapshot collection Jim Linderman

Vintage Ventriloquist Vent Dummy (and one in the box)  Original Snapshot collection Jim Linderman The BOOK I'm with Dummy is available in Paperback and Ebook HERE

The Ventriloquist who refused to be a Stripper

Here is a sordid little tale from the annals of talking dummys. According to the information on the reverse of this press photograph from 1937, "She didn't mind traveling about the country gypsy-like when Ellis K. Short, her husband, quit his bank job, Mrs. Annabelle Short testified in court yesterday. But when he ordered her to work as a strip-tease dancer she quit him, according to her testimony. Photo shows Mrs. Annabelle Short, who is a ventriloquist, with her dummy, after judge Charles has granted her a divorce." There is no quote reported from the dummy (or "vent figure" as they are properly called)

Original Press Photograph 1937 Collection Jim Linderman

Folk Art Ventriloquist Figures

Chatterboxes! Pair of Antique Folk Art Vent Figures early 20th century. Collection Jim Linderman / Dull Tool Dim Bulb

Handmade Folk Art Ventriloquist Vent Figure

Freckles the Vent.  Composite materials over wood frame.  Circa 1960.  Collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb.  Books and Affordable Ebooks by the author HERE.