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A folk figure carving of Charlie McCarthy. Charlie was the dummy for ventriloquist Edgar Bergren. They first performed in December 1936 and were so popular they were continuously on the radio from 1937 to 1956. They then made the transition to television for many years. After retirement Charlie now resides in the Smithsonian.
This carving came from an Ottawa estate and was obvioulsy done in 1939 shortly after Charlie's fame began. It is in good condition and a fun addition to a folk art collection. Height 9 3/4"