1800s-1900s: Ventriloquist Dummies Chris June 13, 2011 1800-1899, Toys & games 37 CommentsFavourited 1467 times Add to favourites 37 Responses John Greenaway June 13, 2011 Scary as fuck. Reply Jimmy A June 13, 2011 I now need to sign up for a lifetime of therapy. Reply Jimmy A June 13, 2011 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. Reply Archie May 10, 2012 I believe that’s Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody. Reply Emily June 13, 2011 absolutely terrifying Reply Carol.Herman June 13, 2011 Do I see Obama’s real birth certificate up there? Ah, and no Lamb Chop. Reply Carol.Herman June 13, 2011 Oh, in “lifelong” therapy, as soon as you start to feel good, you ask the shrink for a refunds. Reply Vinnie Bartilucci June 13, 2011 Um… Hoowdy Doody (2nd pic) is a marionette, not a vent dummy. And Buffalo Bob was no ventriloquist. Reply CharlesH. June 14, 2011 My goodness…. the earlier ones must’ve been made creepy on purpose. Nice to see Lon Chaney and a young Fred Allen though. Reply Phoebe June 15, 2011 anyone else amused by the Evangelist Ventriloquist? it has a nice ring to it. Reply Stevo June 17, 2011 Great pictures! Remember, the figgers were made for stage use in their time, not for photo sessions. Vent routines were very different then, too. Reply babbington July 1, 2011 photo #3 was used in a Monty Python animation. Reply Pete Mossman July 1, 2011 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. Reply sparkplug54 July 8, 2011 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. Reply karen July 11, 2011 dunno about the dummies but the ventriloquist in photo #1 is HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply Johnny July 28, 2011 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 Reply gavin July 31, 2011 OMG IM TERORROR FIED AHHHH Reply Robert Brown August 8, 2011 Did anyone notice the “arrest record” dated Feb.31st, 1924? ARE there 31 days in February? Reply nikki September 2, 2011 That’s cool, I didn’t need to sleep for the next week anyways… Reply Jinx September 11, 2011 Need to add Mortimer Snerd and Edgar Bergen! And Lambchop. Props to the pros! And yes, those papier mache’ ones are creeeeeeppeeeeee!!!!!! Reply Louise Partain September 18, 2011 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. Reply Peter September 19, 2011 Most of the people who made these dummies had actually never seen real humans before. Give them a break. Reply David September 19, 2011 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. Reply Kerry September 24, 2011 Picture N0.1 Such a creepy dummy,with such a handsome master,beautiful hands,too.Who was he and when was he around? Reply Matt September 28, 2011 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. Reply Erik Eblana October 1, 2011 On the Evangelist & Mrs. Bishop Photo -Which one of the guys is Timmy? Scary stuff indeed! Reply Therematrix October 16, 2011 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: http://www.flickr.com/photos/melita666/6117983779/in/photostream/ Reply Robin October 18, 2011 really scary…. but maybe the weirdest thing is that Mrs. Bishop totally looks like a man in drag. Reply hans November 29, 2011 Jack Black seven down Reply Roy Yokelson November 30, 2011 Where’s Señor Wences, Jonnie, Pedro, and Cecilia? AND, he was a great plate spinning juggler too! Reply Kaitlyn December 6, 2011 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!” Student: [faints] LOL Reply Lynn December 10, 2011 @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… Reply Lynn December 10, 2011 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. Reply Colin December 16, 2011 Mrs. John Bishop looks like “House” star Hugh Laurie in drag. Reply Harwell December 27, 2011 Aaack! The third one down is even dressed like a little butcher! Reply Mike January 16, 2012 Anyone have info on #4? Reply Cr. Mass July 9, 2012 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 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.