Lorna Silverplate Charlie McCarthy Collectible Spoon [SOLD]

Lorna Silver Plate Co., USA, Charlie McCarthy Vintage Silverplate Teaspoon, 6 1/4" Long, Circa 1937-1956



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COMMENT: Great collector item!


BRIEF HISTORY OF CHARLIE MCCARTHY:


Bergen was born in Decatur, Michigan to a Swedish family. He taught himself ventriloquism from a pamphlet when he was 11. A few years later he commissioned Chicago woodcarver Theodore Mack to sculpt a likeness of a rascally Irish newspaper boy he knew. The head went on a puppet named Charlie McCarthy, who became Bergen's lifelong sidekick.

Bergen and McCarthy are sometimes credited with "saving the world" because, on the night of October 30, 1938 when Orson Welles performed his War of the Worlds radio play that panicked many listeners, most of the American public had instead tuned in to Bergen and McCarthy on another station and never heard Welles' play. Conversely, it has also been theorized that Bergen inadvertently contributed to the hysteria. When the musical portion of Bergen's show, The Chase and Sanborn Hour, aired approximately 12 minutes into the show, many listeners switched stations and found the War of the Worlds presentation already underway, with a realistic sounding reporter detailing terrible events.

Bergen and his alter-ego McCarthy appeared together with top billing in several films, including the Technicolor extravaganza The Goldwyn Follies (1938), opposite The Ritz Brothers. That year they also appeared in You Can't Cheat An Honest Man

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CONDITION: Fine condition! Normal acceptable patina for silverplate.


ITEM NUMBER: PFTP000873
PRICE: $15.00

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