Today's doll is a Stan Laurel ventriloquist doll/dummy, in celebration of what would have been Stan Laurel's 124th birthday today.
Stan was born in Ulverston, England on this day in 1890. For more information on the real Stan, and to see some other Laurel and Hardy dolls,check out my Oscar Week post on the Hamilton Laurel and Hardy dolls.
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This dummy was made by Goldberger, who produced many different ventriloquist dummies, also known as 'vent dolls'.
The string in the back of his neck controls his mouth.
And also, to some extent, his collar!
This doll did come with a hat, just not when I got him.
Although most people think of Laurel and Hardy in suits, they did do several shorts dressed in bibbed overalls, but still with their stand up collars, ties, and derby hats.
I debated using this guy, or an action figure Stan that Emma bought me. In the end this one was easier to grab and it was about to rain. But the action figure Stan will probably show up on here some day. He came in a really cool 'film canister' and has changeable hands.