I am pleased to show you a very rare Frank Marshall figure of a Black Man. In Frank’s 1931 catalogue he is called the Negro (politically incorrect today).
This fellow came to me in undressed condition and is the very early Frank style figure. He has the head stick which runs to the bottom board, the body is the slat style, and the hands are the Marshall flat hands. Frank has his card pasted in the body as well as inside the head.
This figure stands 40 inches tall. He has slot jaw with the lever control for same, side moving eyes which self center and the right eye roll winks. He also has an unusual set up so that you can control his mouth movement with your foot.
This is not with the bladder control but actually with string. Very unusual. His paint is not original but I liked it as I received him so I left the paint alone.
The clothing for him I had copied right from the catalogue. I wanted him to look as close as possible to what was pictured by Frank.
I think he looks great wonderful and is a wonderful member of the Ventriloquist Central Collection.
Click here to see Frank Marshall Black Ventriloquist Figure
Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are 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: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Copyright 2011 by Dan Willinger
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An early Sambo with 20’s flat hands unlike 30’s catalog cupped hands.
I like these hands!! They look much more realistic than the “C” shape that Charlie & others have i think. When your hands are truly relaxed, this is more what they look like.