Willie Talk Ventriloquist Pal

Name: Willie Talk Ventriloquist Pal

Made by and When: Horsman, circa 1970s

Material: Rigid vinyl head and hands; brown cloth body, arms, and legs; black cloth feet represent shoes.

Marks:  4417 / HORSMAN DOLLS, INC.

Height: 23 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Sculpted straight black hair with a side part, brown painted eyes, articulated mouth operated by a pull string in the back of the neck.

Clothes: Redressed in a preemie-size nautical romper and infant-sized black socks and black lace-up shoes. The original clothing for all versions included a personalized knit shirt and coordinating pants. The shirt was either T-shirt- or polo-style.

Other: Horsman manufactured both Black and White Willie Talk Ventriloquist Pals marketed as a toy for boys and girls. As with most doll lines made during the 1970s, it is likely that fewer Black versions were made. Even fewer survived child’s play. This adds to the rarity of the Black Willie Talk Ventriloquist Pals. Black and White versions are pictured and described here.



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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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