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Jerry Mahoney

Jerry Mahoney

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Description (Brief)
This is a child's toy puppet that was popular in the 1950s and is based on Paul Winchell's character, Jerry Mahoney. Dressed in a green cloth suit, Jerry has a removable plastic head that is mounted on a wooden shaft with a moveable mouth and eyes, along with plastic hands and feet and a soft body. The puppet came in it's own cardboard suitcase box, and included a special record and booklet explaining the art of ventriloquism. This is just one example of merchandising to children acting on the popularity of the Jerry Mahoney character.
The original carved marionette of Jerry Mahoney, used by Paul Winchell, was created by the famous ventriloquist figure maker Frank Marshall. He also created Edgar Bergen's Charlie McCarthy.
Ventriloquist Dr. Paul Winchell, and his puppets, Jerry Mahoney (1981.0385.01) and Knucklehead Smiff (1982.0424.01), were popular acts from 1938 through the 1980s, appearing on stage and on popular variety shows, like Ed Sullivan. Jerry Mahoney starred in the popular television show, "The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show" which premiered in 1950 and ran until syndicated in 1965.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
puppet
date made
1950s
user
Rollins, Hazelle H.
manufacturer
Juro
maker
Juro
Associated Place
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
cardboard (overall material)
wood (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 33 in x 12 in x 6 in; 83.82 cm x 30.48 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
1981.1085.08
accession number
1981.1085
catalog number
1981.1085.08
Credit Line
Gene and Nancy R. Krupa
subject
Puppetry
Radio and television broadcasting
Television broadcasts
Children's television programs
Consumerism
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Puppets
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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