Mystery Ventriloquist from 1939


We’re having fun with the “mystery ventriloquist” so I thought we’d try another one. This picture is from 1939, can you guess the ventriloquist and the maker or makers of his ventriloquist figures?




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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9 Responses to Mystery Ventriloquist from 1939

  1. bill smith says:

    Not sure, but it looks quite a bit like a young Jay Marshall. ???

  2. Bob Isaacson says:

    I’m pretty sure the Vent is a young Jay Marshall; but not sure about the figures. The photo is rather faint, so hard to see any details of the figures. I’ll guess and say Pinxy figures.

  3. LeeDean says:

    Jay Marshall, no idea on figures

  4. LeeDean says:

    …Except to say they’re not “Lefty” but couldn’t tell you who made it either.

  5. Mike Palma says:

    Jay marshall and the dummy to the left looks like a Mack and the one to the right looks like a marshall, at least his hand!

  6. Ony Carcamo says:

    Yeah, the left figure can be a Mack…

  7. Wanlu says:

    The ventriloquist is Bill DeMar, the figures are Gilmer and Selberg :)

    That’s my answer and I’m sticking to it… :)

    Seriously: It does look like a very young Jay Marshall…and the figures are most probably Mack and Marshall.

  8. Jay Marshall with an early Marshall figure on the left and a Pinxy on the right. So technically this is a pic of a Pinxy and TWO Marshall figures……

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