Paul Winchell Memorabilia

 

I am always searching for Frank Marshall Ventriloquist figures and I always state that I will also purchase any parts such as heads, hands, bodies, feet etc.. etc,  for my collection. Well it so happened that quite a number of years ago I did in fact purchase a bunch of parts and these feet, which are not completely finished, yet carved from basswood, were included in the lot. They were put aside with my intentions of someday possibly finishing them and then using them on a figure.

Back a couple weeks ago I was happy to share with all of you some fantastic photos of Paul Winchell during a photo shoot for the 1952 Sept issue of life magazine. Well after looking at all the pictures one of them sent me into a tailspin. The photo of Paul carving away at a foot. You guessed it the pair of unfinished feet that I have had for years were the creation of Paul Winchell.

I have included the picture of which I am talking and also pictures of these feet that I now own. I am also including for you to see a wonderful carved basswood head of Knucklehead Smiff which was carved by Paul in the 1960's but never completed. Just a wonderful carving done by the great Paul Winchell. A testament to this man's genius.