ORIGINAL AND THE ONLY COLLECTION OF THESE ITEMS IN EXISTENCE! FOR SALE!
ORIGINAL FRED MAHER 16 PAGE VENTRILOQUIST FIGURE CATALOG NO. 1
WITH EIGHT ORIGINAL PHOTO BOARDS!
1950? (Perhaps earlier - I'm not certain of the exact year this first edition was produced and printed.)
Several editions of this catalog were produced, but this first 16 page edition was the only one with the individual photos of the 12 dummies being offered: #100 Tommy, #101 Sammy, #102 Susie, #103 Nanette, #104 Tiny, #201 Paul, #202 Chuck, #203 Harry, #204 Jimmie, #205 Eddie, #206 Stevie, and #207 Little Brown Bomber! This was the first series of figures offered by the Fred Maher School of Ventriloquism, Detroit (Grosse Point Farms), Michigan! This Catalog is in very good condition. (The printed address in Grosse Pointe Farms has been inked over, but is still readable under the rubber stamped Detroit address. Mrs. Maher likely made the address changes herself as she stopped using her home address on mailings after Fred died in 1952.)
But, what makes this auction extremely rare, is the fact that I am including eight original photo boards of several figures pictured in the catalog! These are original photos - the only ones that still exist! One-of-a-kind historical collectible! The photos have all the handwritten designating markings, art touchup, some still with protective tissue overlay. The 7" x 11"photo boards are for figures: #100, #103, #202, #204 (two views), #206, and #207 (two views). Quite excellent condition for what they are! And they are the only ones that exist!
If you are an historian, collector, or would just like to own a unique piece of ventriloquist history, don't let this collection get away. There will be no second chance! (See more pictures on my eBay listing):