Back over a year ago I was so excited to do my blog about the Charlie McCarthy which I was able to ad to the Ventriloquist Central Collection from Mr. Bob Isaacson. If you missed that blog please click here.
Well at the time when I was purchasing Charlie I asked Bob about Mortimer and he told me that he did like the idea of Mortimer coming to the Ventriloquist Central Collection but one of his sons really loved Mortimer and wanted to have him. I had no argument which I could give to Bob to change his mind because family ALWAYS comes first. I did tell Bob to let his son know that if at any time he wanted to part with Mort, I was his buyer.
Bob thought about this for a few months and then one day while we were chatting he told me that he decided that this wood carved Mortimer did belong with the Charlie and so Mort was going to come to the Ventriloquist Central Collection. Bob decided to build another Mortimer for his son which his son agreed to knowing the original was coming here.
Well Mr Isaacson worked diligently at creating another figure of Mort for his son and then let me know the original Mortimer was ready to come to his new place of abode.
So it is with great pleasure that I now show you the fantastic, wood carved, Mortimer Snerd figure which Bob used in the performances he did at the Museum of Radio Broadcasting in Chicago.
Click here to see Bob Isaacson Mortimer Snerd
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
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Bob Isaacson is THE great unsung maker of wooden vent dummies!
I have to say that if anyone wanted to learn how to make a Marshall figure, or needs a Marshall figure, to call on Bob Isaacson. He was around Frank Marshall a lot, and really knows how to make one for sure.
That is, I think, the best Mortimer Snerd repro I’ve ever seen. And look at the register on the jaw cuts! Bob and I live in the same state; I really need to know him better…I know him only through his work which is always top drawer!
Absolutely beautiful! To use the word beautiful to describe Mortimer may seem odd, but the workmanship is incredible. As Lee said this is as close to Marshall as you can get. You are a luck man Dan to have both Charlie and Mortimer. Now all you need is Effie.
Beautiful work, Bob!
Credit needs to go where credit is due. Mortimer Snerd is not a Marshall figure. He was made by Virginia Austin Curtis.
A great figure by a great figure maker… now in the hands of a great collector!