Charlie McCarthy Puppet

Description (Brief)
The dummy Charlie McCarthy was the creation of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (1903–1978). Bergen first introduced McCarthy to radio audiences on Rudy Vallee’s show in 1936. The act was an instant hit; the following year Bergen and McCarthy began a successful run hosting the popular Chase and Sanborn Hour.
Object Name
puppet
Date made
1922
maker
Mack, Theodore
user
Bergen, Edgar
NBC
CBS
maker
Mack, Theodore
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
cloth, synthetic (overall material)
human hair (hair material)
glass (eyes material)
leather (shoes material)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 12 in x 8 in; 91.44 cm x 30.48 cm x 20.32 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
1980.0273.01
accession number
1980.0273
catalog number
1980.0273.01
subject
Puppetry
Television broadcasts
Radio and television broadcasting
Motion Pictures
Theater, Vaudeville
Nightclubs
Television
related event
World War II
Great Depression
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
1939 exhibit
Popular Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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