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Wards 1972  Danny O'Day ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 24"

Ventriloquist Dolls, Dummies & Vent Figures

The Juro Novelty Company produced celebrity and personality dolls along with ventriloquist dummies or puppets from 1955 to 1977. 

 

Vivian Kaplan associated with Juro, was instrumental in negotiating the sale of Juro to the Eegee Goldberger Company.  Vivian passed away on July 7, 2000 at the tender age of 48 and will be missed by her many friends, co-workers and family.

 

See below for many Juro dolls, dummies, vent figures identified.

 

 

Vintage Juro Ventriloquist Dolls For Sale - use the search ebay box to copy & paste or type a specific doll name, accessory, etc., this is a category site wide search, so be sure to include your search term plus Doll or anything you may want to purchase. 

 

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Vintage Juro Dolls, Dummies or Vent Figures Identified

Items shown below are for reference

1950s Juro Jerry Mahoney ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 22-30" tall, of Paul Winchell, stuffed cloth body, vinyl head and hands, dressed in a green suit with wide lapels, has molded red hair, cloth body, vinyl head and hands. 

 

Juro also made Jerry Mahoney's vent friend Knucklehead Smiff.

1950s Juro Jerry Mahoney ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure 30"

1950s Juro Jerry Mahoney ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure 30"

1950s-1968 Juro Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 30" tall, of Edgar Bergen, dressed in black tuxedo with white shirt and black top hat with one monocle eyeglass, has a cloth body with vinyl head and hands.

1950s-1968 Juro Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure

1950s-1968 Juro Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure 30"

1950s Juro Danny O'Day ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 30" tall, of Jimmy Nelson, came dressed in plaid jacket, blue slacks, white shirt, has a white tag that identifies the character on the upper pocket, Danny O'Day's dog Farfel was also produced by Juro.  Farfel has a soft brown rubber head, with brown cloth ears and neck sleeve, with red ribbon around neck . . . RARE.  Danny's girlfriend is Hayley O' Hara, 30" tall, she has light red hair, wore a print jumper dress with matching bloomers, dark tights and shoes . . . RARE.

 

Eegee - Goldberg Doll Co. also produced a Danny O'Day vent wearing a black and white checked suit.  Wards made a Danny O'Day vent who came in a beige suit with plaid bowtie and a plaid sports jacketed Danny vent was the choice of Sears.

1950s Juro Danny O' Day ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 30"

1950s Juro Danny O'Day ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 30"

1950s Juro Velvel a ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 24" tall, has a Yiddish accent, of Rickie Layne, came dressed in a blue suit with red trim on upper pocket, vent is a cloth body with vinyl head and hands. This a rare and hard to find vent figure.

1950s Juro Velvel a ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 24"

1950s Juro Velvel a ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 24"

ca. 1958 Juro Dick Clark Autograph doll, 27 or 45" tall, teenage idol celebrity Dick Clark (1929-2012) host of the TV show American Bandstand 1956-1960.  Doll has a vinyl head with painted facial features, big open smiling mouth with teeth, cloth stuffed body and limbs, vinyl hands, dressed in a tan poplin sport jacket with name embroidered on front, red plaid tie, vest with attached long sleeve white shirt with cuffs and cuff links, brown cuffed slacks, white and black spectator shoes.  Doll marked Juro.  The Dick Clark doll can be found in the 1959 Sears Christmas wishbook, page 482, as shown on left.

ca. 1958 Juro Dick Clark Autograph doll, 27"

1969 Juro Mortimer Snerd ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 30" tall, pal of Charlie McCarthy, another of Edgar Bergen's vents, funny one tooth showing in a crooked mouth, red molded hair, wore a black and white striped suit with red vest and bowtie, has a cloth body, vinyl head and hands.

1969 Juro Mortimer Snerd ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 30"

1969 Juro Mortimer Snerd ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 30"

 

1968 Juro Emmett Kelly ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 30" tall, famous clown personality, dressed in red white and blue plaid jacket, blue slacks, white shirt and red polka dot tie and red hat, has a clown face with red ball nose, black beard, cloth body with vinyl head and hands.

Emmett Kelly Sr. passed away on March 28, 1979.

Juro 1968 Emmett Kelly ventriloquist doll

Juro Emmet Kelly, 30"

Wards 1972 Juro Danny O'Day ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 24" tall, wore a red sports jacket, white shirt front, plaid tie and solid color pants. A variation came in a special ventriloquist package that included a red and white striped Little Leaguer baseball suit and cap, as well as Jimmy Nelson's Instant Ventriloquism record.

 

We are somewhat assuming this and the next two vents, dummies were all made by Juro, as they were all shown on page 341 in a 1975 Montgomery Ward catalog.

Wards 1972  Danny O' Day ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 24"

Wards 1972  Danny O'Day ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 24"

Wards 1975 Juro Lester ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 26" tall, Whenever you discuss things with Lester, he's right on!  he poses quizzically from behind his spectacles.  Lester has a cloth body, vinyl head and hands, dressed casually in a golden rod turtle neck long sleeve shirt, tan pants and black shoes.

Wards 1975 Juro Lester ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 26"

Wards 1975 Juro Lester ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 26"

Wards 1975 Juro Otis O'Brien ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 30" tall, this carrot top is a real cut up!  with his wide grin and sprinkling of freckles captivate everyone in the audience.  Otis bright plaid fabric body is a real eye opener, he wears blue pants, white collar.

 

1972 Uneeda also made a 28" tall, Otis O'Brien vent who has a striped fabric body.

Wards 1975 Juro Otis O'Brien ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 30"

Wards 1975 Juro Otis O'Brien ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 30"

 

Juro Dolls, Dummies, Vent Figures 1955-1977 not shown

 

Juro 1967-1972 Howdy Doody ventriloquist puppet doll or vent figure, 30" tall, character from the 1950s children's TV show of the same name, several other companies also made Howdy Doody puppets.

 

Additional Juro Ventriloquist information from V. Spetalnick on Apr 15, 2007

 

Danny O'Day, 33" tall, is a semi-professional vent with the head on a stick, that was worked from the rear of the dummy. It was dressed in brown pants with a yellow jacket with brown collar and solid color bowtie . .  RARE

Charlie McCarthy semi-professional vent, 33" tall, that was dressed in white shirt front, crushed velvet black pants with maroon crushed velvet jacket with black collar (or the reverse jacket and pants), and solid color tie. It was worked in same way as the larger Danny. Wore high hat and monocle . . . RARE

Emmett Kelly, 30" tall, head and hat of the clown was the most expensive head Juro made, because it required many stages to paint it. The combination head/hat served two purposes. It saved on cost of a separate hat that would be easily lost or torn, but even more important, it protected the head.  It was dressed in a colorful patchwork jacket, vest, pants, tie, and shoes

Vent. Figure 598 was a 24" smaller figure dressed in red sports jacket with beige pants and bowtie. It became Rickey Little in its later life, wearing checked pants, plastic belt and red sweater.

Credit Juro with another accomplishment; the component heads, bodies, clothing and records were all made and assembled in the USA.

Thank you so much for sharing!

 

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