Howard “Doc” Dougherty’s Marshall Update


I kept looking at Willie, Doc’s Frank Marshall figure and it was bothering me that his wig was in such a mess so I removed it from his head and decided to wash it.

I used luke warm water and woolite but the wig was just in such bad condition that it just fell apart. I was a bit dismayed but went into my wig stash and found the right wig for him.

Also there were some rather prevalent dings and dongs on his nose and cheeks and I also decided I had to make those kind of go away. I really didn’t want to do a re paint because the original paint is so nice but I did blend in the minor spots and he looks so much nicer mow.

Also his hands were way to big for him and I just happened to have a perfect size original pair of the right period Frank Marshall hands and they are even in the original paint. A few minutes and the new “old” hands are now on the original body and certainly make him a lot more correct. The jumbo hands were actually made by Foy Brown and were so marked on the inside of the wrist with Foy’s FEB stamp.

So now Willie is a complete Frank Marshall figure in amazing condition once again and is a great addition to the Ventriloquist Central Collection.



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Ventriloquist Central is the brainchild of Dan Willinger and Steve Hurst. Dan 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. Steve is a ventriloquist as well as builder of ventriloquist figures. He also has a background in sales, marketing, building websites and computers. Because they both love the art of ventriloquism, the website Ventriloquist Central was born. For more information about the website, go to:

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6 Responses to Howard “Doc” Dougherty’s Marshall Update

  1. Austin Phillips says:

    Lookin’ sharp, Dan!

  2. Lee Dean says:

    Hands look same as a hand off of an early Marshall walker that I sent to you

  3. bob abdou says:

    if a wig is mangled up and is in knots, one way I have tried and works is water and fabric softner, it takes a while but a comb or brush will then ease into the hair and keep it from fraying or getting it back to it’s true form

  4. Sharon says:

    Maybe try combing it out? I know it’s hard but just be gentle!

  5. Dan says:

    As I said in the blog I did in fact try to wash the wig with warm water and woolite. Very gentle but it fell apart. I could not save it so I had to replace same. It bothered me that I could not save it but thems the breaks!!!

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