Lester Ventriloquist Dummy

Name: Lester Ventriloquist Dummy

Made by and When: Juro, 1960s

Material: Rigid vinyl head and hands, white cloth body, black cloth legs and feet

Marks: Unmarked

Height: 30 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Molded, texturized black hair; painted brown eyes; open, articulated mouth with painted upper and lower teeth and a pull-string in the back of the neck that activates movement

Clothes: White mock shirt with white satin bowtie; yellow, black, and red plaid jacket; black pants, and black vinyl shoes

Other: Juro’s Lester was inspired by ventriloquist Willie Tyler’s ventriloquist dummy, Lester. Scroll down at the link to see another Lester like this one by Juro, here.



View a video of Willy Tyler and Lester in a 1985 performance for a Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon below:


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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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