Ventriloquism Merchandise from 1886


Once again our good friend Bob Abdou sent us more information that he found in an 1886 book with ventriloquism merchandise:

Hey Dan and Steve,

Look what I found in a 1886 book, vent merchandise.

The prices were pretty high even back then, considering a rocking chair cost $5.00 and a horse drawn carriage was $125.00

Plus it sez “no one can fail”.

So there is hope for me.




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2 Responses to Ventriloquism Merchandise from 1886

  1. Austin Phillips says:

    This is a great find! Thanks for sharing Bob!

  2. Lee Dean says:

    Amazing, the year and prices. I guess they were known as Peck & Snyder figures. I was around W.S. Berger a lot in the mid-50’s, bought an Insull from him for $100.00 which he called a Davenport. In fact I never heard him refer to Insull as such. I learned after he passed about Len Insull and that his figures sold through the Davenport Magic Shop. I suppose back then a figure maker was lucky to get his wares in a producer’s catalog, and did not matter putting his name on it, or maybe that was a condition of producer, like Peck & Snyder, I don’t know.

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