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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:
Champagne Charlie

Created by: Frank Marshall

Used by: W.S. Berger

Trivia: 
1. Champagne Charlie joined the Vent Haven collection in February of 1938
2. Vent Haven founder W.S. Berger purchased Charlie new from renowned figuremaker Frank Marshall.
3. Champagne Charlie is a life-sized walking figure.
4. Charlie's other special features include moving eyes, a walking cane, a top hat, and a smoking mechanism.
5. Berger had great difficulty with the walking mechanism Marshall created. In a letter to Marshall, Berger wrote, "I don't seem to make him walk properly--I raise the pins that extend down when I walk him, but if I am not careful he is so drunk he collapses."
6. Marshall wrote back, "You are having the same trouble that most every one else has with a walking figure. You will get the knack of the balance and then say well, I'll be D******. It's just getting the balance."
7. In the end, though, Berger was never able to master the Marshall walking mechanism. Berger had figuremakers Glenn and George McElroy remodel the walking mechanism.

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Coming Next Month:
A McElroy Figure

 

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