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Jimmy Davis adopted Skinny Hamilton at the 2017 convention.  Of all the dummies in his entire collection, Skinny was our founder's favorite.  W.S. Berger bought Skinny from figure maker Frank Marshall on April 21, 1932, for $50.00.  Skinny has a fright wig and cries.  When Mr. Berger performed at local Masons' meetings or for civic groups, it was Skinny on his knee. 




Mr. Berger loved Skinny.  In his will (and in several other documents), Mr. Berger said, "Do not dispose of this figure as Skinny is a part of me." In 1945, prior to incorporating Vent Haven, Mr. Berger's original plan with Skinny was to will him to the Masonic Widows and Orphans Home in Louisville, Kentucky,  "...with a fund for his upkeep (facial and fresh clothes), so Skinny could be used by an orphan at any time." Isn't that sweet?!