Thanks to my friend Chuck Lyons for adopting two dummies at the 2017 ConVENTion. Chuck adopted Tommy Baloney and Kenny Talk.
Tommy Baloney was the first dummy that Vent Haven founder W.S. Berger acquired. He was in New York on business in 1910 and bought Tommy for $10. The little dummy was not much more than a souvenir, though, and Mr. Berger didn't get another dummy until 1932. Tommy was made by Louis Grannat of Brooklyn, New York. Even though this dummy was the first acquired, Mr. Berger gave him the number eight in his first written catalog.