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Thanks to Jenna Caraway

Thank you today to Jenna Caraway for adopting the nurse dummy.  This five foot tall dummy's head is made of papier-mâché and she is built to be disguised as a grandfather clock.  She has four panels that fold up to hide her upper body and head.  

 

The nurse was made around the turn of the 20th century and she was used by ventriloquist John A. Kelly.  Mr. Kelly eventually gave the dummy to his son, Nelson Kelly, who was also a ventriloquist.  Nelson Kelly's widow sold the dummy to Mr. Berger in October of 1963 for $50.00.  

 

The nurse is demonstrated on most tours and visitors are always amazed by the ingenious disguise of the clock panels. You can see the nurse on exhibit in the main building at Vent Haven.

 

 

 

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