“How do you keep track of the Ventriloquist Central Collection?”
This great question was sent in to me and so I thought I would answer it as best I can.
With the purchase and acquisition of each new ventriloquist figure to the Ventriloquist Central Collection I have a day book into which I make documentation of the figure.
I give all the information I get with same such as age condition size and previous ownership. I also of course give the information to Steve, my webmaster, when another figure is added to the web site.
This is the easiest way for me to find and give information on the figures although if you visit with me and I show you the figures I can give you all the information on each one verbatim.
It seems that they really become a part of me and I know all the information.
I have not made cards that sit on each figures lap with information, as the Vent Haven Museum , but I am leaning towards doing something of that nature.
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 2010 by Dan Willinger
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Interesting. I’ve been thinking of doing something similar mainly so when I pass on my family will know what it is and hopefully preparation for selling it later on or donating it to the Vent Haven or something.
I have antique fishing lure collection, lot of old plugs, spinner baits, new and old, and the boxes the new ones came in with instructions in box. The boxes with bait are more valuable than bait alone. And importantly never put plug in the water and much care in handling. I bought an old fishing reel made here in KY for $100, one of first ever made, original made in Frankfort before moved to Louisville, made by jewelers who started open face fishing reel technology. I made the mistake of trying to clean it up. I thought piece was brass but only brass finish, and my steel wool took it all off. What may have been worth $10,000 now down to half that because of my thinking I was helping by cleaning it up. I advise against any repainting or any change whatever to old figures. As for day book, what is inside head or on body of figure is information that should be noted, plus previous owner, price, and use. With fishing lures best to leave in the box, and as for figure in the case. If displayed then only in good glass display case for both baits with boxes, and figures with cases, not out in open to dust, flies, spiders, weathering conditions.