Chris callin' it Quitz

Thanks to Chris Donahoe for adopting Quitz. This dummy stands four feet tall and is a walking figure. It was made by Ken Spencer around 1930. Spencer performed with it around 1935. Spencer states in a letter dated 5/30/1962 that this dummy was the first walking dummy he made.

Eventually, Spencer sold the dummy to Lawrence Emil Gerde. Mr. Gerde was in the real estate and insurance business in addition to being a magician and ventriloquist. Gerde's widow, Veryl, sold the dummy to Mr. Berger in August of 1953 for $35.

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