Mr Bookman's Frank Marshall Ventriloquist Figure


I always love to show Frank Marshall’s work and this rendition from Frank is no exception.

This is a most wonderful completely original Frank Marshall figure which was purchased by Howard Bookman back in the late 1920s. He is a full size figure which stands 38″ tall and he is also a catalogued figure in the 1931 Frank Marshall ventriloquist catalogue. He is listed in Frank’s catalogue as V18-Sailor.

The sailor suit is original clothing as well as this figure has everything original to him including the dirt. I had to leave him because he is in just perfect original condition. His paint, wig, glass eyes are all splendid and untouched.

The head on this figure is slightly on the larger side for the body but Frank did that as I do have other examples that are like this too. His original calling card is inside the head along with Mr Bookman’s card. I think he is just a great example of Frank’s early work.


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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:

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One Response to Mr Bookman's Frank Marshall Ventriloquist Figure

  1. LeeDean says:

    This is “Sailor” in the catalog, both large head and long neck, but the hands do not look as large as those shown in the catalog.

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