"It's Howdy Doody time!" was heard daily on the children's T.V. program named after the character, the sidekick star of Buffalo Bob Smith. Howdy Doody delights kids and adults alike with his clean-cut cowboy charm, amiable expression, and wholesome "Aw shucks" personality. This Howdy Doody Doll is moseyin' around in his blue jeans, long-sleeve flannel shirt (complete with elbow garters), blue bandera, black socks, and his red and white cowboy boots. Howdy also features molded red hair and those famous freckles. This celebrity dummy/doll comes with a set of basic instructions included on "How To Be A Ventriloquist" and is approximately 30" long. *** 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. If you prefer a dummy that allows for one hand operation and lets you to put your hand in the back and turn the head please take a look at the Howdy Doody Standard Upgrade Ventriloquist Dummy.
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. The string pull hidden on his back gets his jaw a-flappin'. The doll's action is a bit stiff--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 in the case is a set of simple, encouraging (and quaintly illustrated) black-and-white instructions for the beginning ventriloquist. You'll want to practice in front of a mirror before you lasso your own admiring fans. It's Howdy Doody time! --Julie Ubben