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AM vacuum tube radio by Majestic, featuring Edgar Bergen's famous ventrilloquist dummy Charlie McCarthy, produced 1938.

Yes, people did go crazy for hearing a ventrilloquist on the radio — which is odd since throwing one’s voice to a puppet is usually considered a visual feat (would you want to listen to Jeff Dunham without seeing Peanut the Woozle or Walter the grumpy old man?), but Bergen and his creations were appealing to the public and his act predated network television so the concept flew.

AM vacuum tube radio by Majestic, featuring Edgar Bergen's famous ventrilloquist dummy Charlie McCarthy, produced 1938.

Yes, people did go crazy for hearing a ventrilloquist on the radio — which is odd since throwing one’s voice to a puppet is usually considered a visual feat (would you want to listen to Jeff Dunham without seeing Peanut the Woozle or Walter the grumpy old man?), but Bergen and his creations were appealing to the public and his act predated network television so the concept flew.

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