Thanks to Ralf Thaller for adopting Tommy the Trashcan at the 2017 Vent Haven ConVENTion!
This cute little soft figure (with removable lid!) was made in 1989 by the amazing Mary Ann Taylor. It was used by ventriloquist (and Vent Haven Convention Executive Director) Mark Wade, who donated it at the 2015 convention.
Mark purchased this custom made puppet to be used in a recycling show he did in 1989-90. The school show was performed in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
Tourists can see Tommy the Trashcan on display in the Josephine Berger Memorial Building.