Cases for Frank Marshall Figures

A good question was posed to me and it requested information on the type of case that Frank Marshall sold for the ventriloquist figures that he sold. I honestly drew a blank because every figure that I have purchased either came without a case or it was packed inside a regular suitcase of the period.

One of the figures I purchased, Mickey O’Finn, came in a great suitcase that actually has what look like air hole grills on the sides. Of course they are simply decorations.

I looked very carefully through my Marshall catalogue and found nothing referring to any type case. So I guess I have to ask for some input from those that may know first hand.

Maybe Bob Isaacson or Kenny Warren may know. Help Please!!



Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. His collection of ventriloquist figures now numbers over 100 figures of which there are over 50 Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to:

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2 Responses to Cases for Frank Marshall Figures

  1. Bob Isaacson says:

    To my knowledge; Frank Marshall did not supply any suitcases for his figures. Upon request, he did however ship figures in “fibre type” suitcases; which could be used by the Vent.

  2. LeeDean says:

    My 1950’s figures all came in a cardboard box with wadded newspaper for packing. My first two 38 and 42 inch figures came together, in one such box with newspapers. I’ll always remember all of the newspapers strewn everywhere in living room on first floor at 5518 S Loomis Blvd yet clean basement studio, and I saw no suitcases anywhere.

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