The Howdy Doody Show was a phenomenal success. After its 1947 crossover from radio to television, lines to see the show were tremendous, as fans were eager to watch the antics of the spunky, freckle-faced marionette and his cohorts. Goldberger’s Howdy Doody ventriloquist doll is a playful reminder of those days. He’s the mirror image of Buffalo Bob’s pal, with everything but the strings. He has fiery hair, great big ears, wide blue eyes, and a liberal peppering of freckles. Howdy sports a dark blue neckerchief, sunny yellow armbands over a red plaid shirt, and red-and-white plastic cowboy boots. He’s a 30-inch, lightweight stuffed fellow with a vinyl head and hands. PLEASE NOTE: The mouth on this doll is operated via a string affixed to the back of the doll’s head. Hold the head with one hand and pull the string with your other. The doll’s action is a bit stiff and it takes some expert positioning to keep Howdy’s head from following the motion of the string, but after a little practice it gets better. Included is a set of simple, encouraging black-and-white instructions for the beginning ventriloquist.
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