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Featured Figures

Art Anteak

Billy

Cecil
Champagne Charlie
Charlie McCarthy
Cleo
Clyde
Coach
Coram Head

Elmer

Farfel
Farmer's Wife

George
George
Granny

Gutters

Hanley Head

Jacko
Jane Jones
Jerry
Jerry J. Jerrie
Jerry O'Brien
Jerry O'Leary
Joe Flip
Joe Nemo
Johnny
Johnny Jordan
Junior
Junior

Kenny Talk
Knucklhead Smiff

Lester Boy
Little Joe

Maisie
Max

Oscar

Quitz

Reagan
Red Flannels

Rosita

Sammy
Selberg Boy
Shorty Jones
Skinny Hamilton

Terry
Tommy Baloney

Windsor Boy
Woody DeForest

 

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Featured Figure:
Cleo

 

Created by: Regehel of New York

Used By: Phil Burton

Unique Features: Moving Breasts

Trivia: 
1. This papier-mâché standing figure was custom built by Regehel Studios for "quick change comedian" Phil Burton.
2. Cleo joined the Vent Haven collection in 1956 when Burton sold the figure to Vent Haven founder W.S. Berger.
3. At the time of sale, the figure was nearly new. Burton claimed that the figure was only used twice in a performance. In correspondence between Burton and Berger, Burton wrote, "[I] thought it would be a novelty, to have a vent dummy in my act, but it did not work out...It was just an experiment in my act, but I found out I did not need it, as it slowed me up in my comedy act."
4. The figure was custom built from photos of Marilyn Monroe that Burton sent to Regehel.
5. Cleo has one unique movement: Her breasts move up and down. The movement is controlled by a piece of slide wood in the back of the figure.
6. It is unclear how the figure received the current name of Cleo. Burton claimed the figure was named "Marilyn Monroe."
7. This figure is on display in Building Two of the museum, but it cannot be seen from either of the Quicktime Virtual Pans of the building.

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