Tuesday, January 6, 2009


EG Goldberger Willie Tyler's LESTER VENTRILOQUIST DOLL! - eBay (item 310114043792 end time Jan-09-09 19:18:13 PST)

This 26" tall Willie Tyler's Lester Celebrity Ventriloquist Doll was produced by EG Goldberger in 1973. It's for a beginner just learning to throw their voice, with a pamphlet of lessons on how to pronounce sounds without moving your lips. Pulling a string at the back of Lester's neck opens his mouth.

The back of Lester's neck is marked, "©1973 Lester ©Egee Co." A tab inside the box says "I'm Willie Tyler's Lester™, EG Goldberger." The tab was bent inward and doesn't show in the photos.

Lester comes complete with his plaid cap, vest-front shirt, plaid pants and shoes. His legs are flexible cloth and will bend every which way. His left sleeve wrist is attached to his shirt with a plastic strip. His shoes are attached to his feet at the back with plastic strips. His hat is attached to his head at the back with a plastic strip.

The original box says, "Have Fun With Famous Playpals. Great make-believe. Use imagination. Make up Stories. Tell Jokes. For boys and girls over 4 years of age. Ventriloquist instructions inside. No batteries needed."

Lester himself is in excellent condition. The pamphlet is somewhat bent. The original box is a mess. It has lost most of the finish on the front, has bends, a moisture stain on the back, and a missing piece at the top corner. Lester gets fastened into the box with twist-ties. Someone wrote on the back "Won't Talk" and crossed it out. They must have expected him to talk like Chatty Cathy when the string was pulled.

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