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October 11

          Added just a few more "goodies" today, including a true FIRST EDITION of Charles Olin's classic text, "Ventriloquism".  Take a look!

--  Tom

 

October 9

          Howdy folks!  I just added some more great vintage ventriloquiana, including a set of the RARE and HIGHLY desirable "Captain Dick's Logbooks"!  Also added in more vintage vent magazines and photos... Take a look around!

-- Tom

 

September 19

          Ok....added just a few items today!  This entry is really just to let you know that we'll be away for a few days starting tomorrow (Wednesday, September 20).  You can still place orders, but please understand that they will not ship until next Monday (the 25th). There is someone here all the time, but not everyone knows how we do all of the pack and ship stuff, etc.  So.....there'll be a slight delay in shipping until next Monday.  Thank you all for your continued business....it's truly appreciated!.

--  Tom

 

September 5

          Well, it's been a long time since I've updated this "Latest Info" blog, but I HAVE been adding items occasionally.  Today I added a few more vintage vent photos and magazines, plus another couple of books.  I just opened a box of old vent books that has been sitting on a shelf for a while...looks like lots of titles already in my own personal library, so THAT means that these books get added to the site!  I'll work on them this week.

          It also turns out that there were several outdated links on the "LINKS" page of this site, so I've corrected and updated those.  Please take a look when you get a chance!

          What's been keeping me so busy? I've been working on ANOTHER website!  It's not nearly complete yet (like this site, there are still literally HUNDREDS of items to add), but you're welcome to look around and see what's already in place.  When you have a few minutes, please be sure to check out www.TomLadshawMagic.com  That's a hyperlink and will take you right to it, or the link to it on the "Links" page is active.

          Thanks again for checking in...I'll try to post more updates a little more often!

--  Tom

 

July 10

          Howdy folks!  Another quick update today with just a few more vintage books and magazines added.  We're getting geared up for the big annual Vent Haven International Ventriloquists' ConVENtion, which starts officially on Wednesday.  Of course, there are already out of town guests arriving, and for us, the festivities have already started!  Take a look around the site and order some goodies if you can't make it to this year's ConVENTion.  If you are here, then you can buy from me direct at my dealer booth!  SEE YOU SOON!

--  Tom

 

June 19

          Wow...long time with no updates on here!  I've added a few little things here and there from time to time, but never actually updated this mini-blog since last March!  So....I'll tell you that today I added several vintage vent books, plus a few more photos from the Boley Collection.  I believe I've added just about all of the images from the Boley Collection, though another straggler or two may turn up in the future.  I'm currently gearing up for the annual Vent Haven ConVENTion.  It's happening in just a few short weeks nearby in Hebron, KY.  Really looking forward to this annual affair! 

          I hope to see some of you at this year's ConVENTion.... If I haven't already met you previously, please come by my dealer booth and introduce yourself!  And if I have met you previously, you should STILL come by my booth and see the goodies I have to offer!  If I don't see you at the ConVENTion, have a GREAT summer!

  --  Tom

 

February 20

          Another month...another update with some FANTASTIC new (vintage) items!  I added some unusual books, including an original (1960's) Clifford Guest Course in Ventriloquism, plus several others...PLUS I added an original "OZWALD" rubber finger puppet that came out of Paul Winchell's OWN garage!  Take a look through the site at the latest goodies!

          Also....Keep checking back for a HUGE announcement.... it's coming SOON!

--  Tom

 

 

January 22

          Wow...it's been more than a MONTH since my most recent update! Things have been BUSY at the Gottle O' Geer World Headquarters and Car Wash (!).  Hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and are enjoying the new year.  I spent this afternoon listing a BUNCH of vintage vent books on the site...more than a dozen, in fact, including some truly RARE and scarce titles. Look for the Maj. John Manley book, "Adventures of a Ventriloquist" and more....take a stroll through the site and see what's new (and old!).

          I'll be back soon with ANOTHER big update....stay tuned!

--  Tom

 

December 17

          Hi folks!  Ok, I just completed what is probably the final site update of 2016.  I added a few more vintage photos, several vintage books, and some vintage vent magazines.  There's a TON of GREAT reading material and learning materials on this site for anyone who is serious about becoming a better ventriloquist. That's my goal all of the time....maybe you'd like to make it your goal for 2017?

          I'd like to wish all of my friends and customers of "Gottle O' Geer Productions" a wonderful, warm holiday season.  I hope you'll stay in touch during 2107 and see the INCREDIBLE new and vintage items that are coming your way via this site!

--  Tom

 

December 3

          Hi folks!  I just added another small batch of 8" x 10" promo photos of vents to the site, along with some vintage vent magazxines and a few more vintage (and collectable!) books.  I now have only a small stack of photos - all from the collection of the late Col. Bill Boley - to post.  Some of these great photos are in VERY short supply...literally only one or two EACH.  And when they're gone, they're GONE!  Take some time and browse through the site.... You might find just what you need for a Christmas gift for yourself or the favorite vent in your life!  Back soon with LOTS more vent goodies!

--  Tom 

 

November 13

           Back again!  I just added a STACK of vintage vent books to the site (more than a dozen titles) including some RARE ("Reflections in a Glass Eye" by Don Prince) and some highly desirable ("Creating Speaksakes from Throw-Aways" by Clinton Detweiler).  Also added more photos....  take a look through the site and see what you can't live without!

  --  Tom

 

November 12

          Hi Folks!  I added lots more great photos today (including a beautiful photo of Shari Lewis!), plus more vintage books.  Take a look around and keep checking back often to see what's new!  LOTS more to come!

--  Tom

 

November 3

          Back again with another update!  I just added half a dozen more vent photos to the site (including a couple of GREAT vintage Jay Johnson photos!), plus a number of vintage books, including some of the scarce Supreme Magic titles (from England).  You'll also find a VERY FINE condition copy of the 1944 title, "Jerry Chuckles Again" from New Zealand. This RARE book is a real GEM!  Also several more vintage vent magazines, etc.  Keep checking back OFTEN... I'm adding more and more on a regular basis!

--  Tom

 

October 22

          Hi folks!  I just added another dozen or so vintage (and a few newer) vent books to the site, plus another small batch of 8x10 photos of famous (and not so!) ventriloquists. The project of adding the HUGE amount of photos from the Boley collection is almost finished...there are probably only another 25 or so to go.  I'll try to have those posted within the next week.  I also still have a sizable stack of books here on the desk to scan in and list.  Stay tuned....and check back often!

--  Tom

 

October 15

         Ok...I just finished another HUGE update of the site, adding more than FIFTY vent photos, plus more than a dozen vintage vent books.  Please take a look through the photos in the "Vintage Ephemera" section in the "Vintage Ventriloquiana" dropdown menu.  You'll find MANY previously unavailable images of some of the GREATEST vents of all time!  Still working on more...keep checking back regularly!

--  Tom

 

October 12

          Hi folks!  I've been adding more vent photos plus some cool old "toys" to the site today...including a VERY FINE+ condition Charlie McCarthy pencil sharpener (made of bakelite), circa 1940's.  I'm still scanning in photos and have almost completed them. Will start adding those to the site in the next day or so.  Be sure to check back in just a few days to see the next MASSIVE update!

--  Tom

 

October 4

          Howdy folks!  I haven't updated the site in the past three weeks...but today's update is a DOOZY!  I added several vintage books and magazines today... but I also added more than FIFTY photos that I have NEVER before listed on the site!  There are some MAGNIFICENT vintage images....from Bergen & McCarthy to Great Lester to lesser known lights such as Canfield Smith, Ken Spencer and MORE!  Use the search function for "photo"....or just scroll through the "Vintage Ephemera" section (in the drop down menu under the "Vintage Ventriloquiana" tab).  You'll see LOTS of previously unlisted items!  AND...there's LOTS more to come!  I still have more than FIFTY ADDITIONAL photos to list, plus a STACK of vintage books.  KEEP CHECKING BACK!

--  Tom

 

September 10

          Hello again!  I added a few new booklets and photos to the site today.  I'm still working on scanning in "new" (vintage) photos....I hope to have them all up by next weekend.  Please check back!   Big news... I just added one of the RARE Donaldson stock Ventriloquist Litho posters today.  It's in marvelous condition.... and for the serious collector!  Be sure to take a look!  Now it's back to work for me.... I'll keep adding goodies!

--  Tom

 

September 1

          Howdy folks!  Thanks for checking in here from time to time!  I try to do the same! (LOL)  I just added some books from a small collection I got recently.  Only one or two titles have not been previously listed, but there are some good, desirable titles that are available once again (including Danny Townsend's scarce "Ventrilo-Wisdom" from 1974).  I also added a couple of 8x10 photos. The big news is, I just got in a STACK of photos, most of which I have never listed on the site.  It'll take me a few days to get them scanned and listed, so keep checking back oftern, particularly if you're interested in 8x10 photos of ventriloquists.

          I still have a large stack of not-previously-listed vent books on the desk here to be scanned and entered.  Stay tuned!

  --  Tom

 

August 8

          Hi again folks!  I added only a couple of things to the site today...mainly I spent time on the site cleaning up broken links and checking stock quantities.  The August newsletter will go out via e-mail tonight.  If you're not already signed up for it, NOW is the time to act!  Look on the lower right hand side of the home page of the website for the registration link.  It takes only a couple of moments to sign up and then you'll receive the occasional newsletter with all sort of cool stuff in it!

--  Tom

 

August 7

          Good morning!  I just finished adding some GREAT new stuff to the site, including Jeff Dunham's latest "semi-pro" vent figure, "Achmed"!  I also added some new books, including Dale Brown's MUST-HAVE new book, "Putting Money Where Your Mouth Is".  If you're considering going professional or just want to take your vent work to the next level, you MUST own this book!  It gets my HIGHEST recommendation.

          The August "Gottle O' Geer Collectibles" newsletter will post by e-mail in just the next couple of days.  If you're not already registered to receive it, you might wish to do that now.  It's full of GREAT stuff... thought-provoking articles, specials, new item ads, comedy material, etc.  Truly something for everyone!  Look on the homepage of the site on the lower right hand side....you'll see where you can join.   You won't be sorry!

-- Tom

 

August 2

          Hello again!  I just added some more vintage vent magazines to the site, PLUS a book I'm REALLY excited about!  Rick Berger's "It Ain't Broadway" is a wonderful "guidebook" to the senior citizen market.  Rick teaches you all you need to know to work this LARGE and lucrative market.  Be sure to check it out here.  Still working on adding more....check back often!

--  Tom

 

July 31

          Hi folks.... I just added a few more vintage book titles to the site.  Also a few vintage magazine titles, plus a toy or two.  If you haven't scrolled through all of the pages recently, now is a good time!  And there's even more to come...soon!

          Also...  'm back with the "Gottle O' Geer Newsletter"!  If you haven't already signed up to receive it, NOW is a GREAT time!  The next issue will be out via e-mail in just another week or so.  It has LOTS of GREAT stuff in it, including savings on Gottle 'O Geer merchandise, an interesting article or two, some material you can use, and MORE!  Don't be left out!  Register NOW.   Here's a direct link to the sign up page:  NEWSLETTER

-- Tom

 

July 29

          Ok....I just added in several vintage books plus some toys and a few other goodies.  ALSO - I added the August "Special" for my Facebook followers. If you're not already a follower on Facebook, you should be!  You'll hear about specials there first!  Here's a link to the Gottle O' Geer Collectibles Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ventstuff          Be sure to "like" the Gottle O' Geer Collectibles Facebook page to get automatic updates from me!

          Keep checking back...i've still got BOXES of stuff to add to the site!

-- Tom

 

 

July 24

          Last night, I sent out the first "Gottle O' Geer" newsletter in quite some time.  Response has been extremely gratifying, depsite my being "rusty" at putting it together and making a few boo-boo's.  I'm already working on the next one and am working out the "bugs" and tweaking things so the next one will be much better!  If you're not already a subscriber, you won't want to miss this upcoming issue!  Sign up today!

         I'm continuing to add new things to the site daily... keep checking back.  Any questions?  Feel free to send me an e-mail: tom@gogproductions.com

 

Tom

 

July 22

          Ok, folks....I just spent several hours going through the site carefully.  I removed all of the items that were sold at last week's vent convention. I also updated quantities, added a few new items, and generally "cleaned up" to make the site as accurate as possible once again.  To those two of you who happened to order items during my "house cleaning" and they happened to already have sold last week at the convention....my sincere apologies.  Please do check back with me from time to time....I often will get many of the same items (even antiquarian book titles) again and again.

          Latest news....I finally created a Facebook page yesterday.  It's already gotten a lot of action and I'm excited about the new possibilites it offers for promotions.  If you're on Facebook, please be sure to "like" the page: Gottle O' Geer Collectibles.  You'll then get notice of the latest specials, etc.  In fact...there's one coming up.....VERY soon.

-- Tom

 

 

July 21

          And we're back again!  The annual Vent Haven ConVENTion just ended this past weekend and I'm still trying to get caught up.  I spent the last month or so gearing up for the convention...producing new items, digging up more vintage stuff, etc.  Now I'll start updating the site with the NEW materials available.  Stay tuned and check back DAILY for some VERY special deals.

--  Tom

 

May 31

          Howdy folks!  Long time with no updates, because I've been BUSY looking for MORE great vintage vent memorabilia to list on the site.  And GOOD NEWS.... I found some!  In fact, LOTS!  I started scanning in items this morning and still have a looooong way to go, but I have already listed a few "new" (vintage) items.  Be sure to keep checking back often...I'll be listing items on a regular basis starting within just the next few days.  And it's NOT all "paper'....I've got some really cool vintage Charlie McCarthy items I've NEVER had available previously, plus some more unusual vent-related items.  STAY TUNED!!!

  --  Tom

 

April 2

          Hello again folks!  I've just spent several hours loading up some "new" (vintage) vent books plus several more vent figure-maker catalogs on the site.  Also a few vintage vent magazines.  I've still got a LOAD of items on my desk to be scanned (for site photos) and entered on the site. I've recently acquired a few interesting (and scarce!) little vent collectibles (apart from the usual books, catalogs, magazines, etc.) and will also be listing those shortly. Keep checking back on a regular basis!

  --  Tom

 

March 29

          Howdy, folks! I just added another few vintage vent magazines to the site, plus several more vintage books.  SPECIAL NOTE: STAY TUNED!  --  I've got some new old stock books coming that will be of HUGE interest to those of you interested in working the lucrative senior market.  I've also just found a small stack of vintage vent figure maker catalogs (always popular) plus some more scarce vintage vent books I'll be listing soon.  Remember to check back at least once a week for updates in the stock!

--  Tom

 

February 24

          I just updated the site again with more vintage magazines and booklets.  ALSO - I listed the FINAL lot of "Little Jeff" Ventriloquist's Dummies that I was able to obtain.  These have been discontinued until further notice.  You can't even order one from Jeff's own site!  This last week, the last of them were shipped from Jeff's warehouse out to him on the road.  They are being sold exclusively at his live concerts now, and when this last shipment is gone, they are GONE.  Finito!  You can still find them on another site or two, but they are sold at vastly inflated prices.  They were never wholesaled widely, so what you usually find is an after-market seller who bought some at full retail price and is reselling them with a huge mark-up.  I'm offering several bonuses with the ones I'm selling that are unavailable from ANY other seller.  Order a Little Jeff dummy from me and it'll come with an autographed photo of Jeff himself.  It's an actual autograph, too...not an autopen signature.  I know because Jeff graciously sat right down for me and signed a STACK of photos!  I'll also throw in a couple of dialogue booklets so you'll have even more script possibilites to play with.  I'll even throw in a vintage Charlie McCarthy collectible!  You can't lose with this amazing deal!  But DON'T hesitate....as of this writing, I have only NINE of the Little Jeff dummies remaining in stock!

  --  Tom

 

February 20

          I just completed a MASSIVE update of the site today, including fixing broken links, correcting stock amounts, etc.  Recently, several vintage items were ordered that were not found in stock.  This happens occasionally. I take a large stock of items to the Vent Haven ConVENTion each year, and it seems that almost invariably, there are always a few items that don't get removed from the site when they should.  I apologize profusely for this.  I'm handling the convention inventory differently now and I hope this will alleviate any future issues with disappointed customers! Thanks for understanding!

          I have a large stack of items on my desk now to be scanned and entered on the site.  I hope to get to most (if not all) of this in the coming week.  Remember to check back from time to time... you never know what's going to be put up on the site with no advance notice!

--  Tom

 

 

January 10

          BIG ANNOUNCEMENT --  PLEASE READ!

          Hello again!  As of today, January 10, 2016, I've been forced to raise the flat shipping rate for items ordered off this site from $5.00 to $7.50.  I really didn't want to do it, but I haven't raised the shipping rates a single time since the site went live, and in that same time, the U.S. Postal Service has raised their rates FIVE times.  Even for U.S. Priority Mail flat rate items, I was LOSING money on EVERY single order I shipped.  The shopping cart program automatically adds the $7.50 flat rate, but if I'm able to ship your order more economically, I will certainly do it and will charge only the amount necessary to ship your package. 

          I added several more vintage vent books to the site today, including a beautiful copy of Winchell's "Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit."   I also added a copy of the "Collector's Showcase" magazine with the Vent Haven cover story, and much, much more!  I'll continue adding stuff as often as possible.  I still have many BOXES to go through!

--  Tom

 

January 9

          Howdy folks!  I sincerely hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!  This is my very first post of 2016, as I'm just now getting back into the office on a regular basis and trying to get caught back up.  I have LOTS of vintage vent goodies here on the desk to list on the site in the coming days and weeks.  Today, I listed some vintage vent magazines, as well as a BRAND NEW must-have book for kidshow vents, "Kidshow Ventriloquism Encore."  It's Mark Wade's latest book and it's a DANDY!  Be sure to check it out!

          ALSO.....please note....there will be a BIG announcement this coming week, RIGHT on THIS page.  Be sure to check back soon!

--  Tom

 

December 15

          I just added another few vintage vent magazines, plus several more vintage hardcover books. I've got a stack of "new" (vintage) books and magazines (all previously unlisted) to be scanned and added to the site...I'll try to get these items added in the next few days. Also....be on the lookout for a couple of BRAND NEW vent items, including a new book!

--  Tom

 

December 8

          Ok....I'll try to get at least one more update in before Christmas and the end of the year.  I added some new Jeff Dunham items today, plus some cool vintage books and magazines.  I've got a stack of photos here to enter, plus LOTS more vintage vent books.  Keep checking back!

  --  Tom

 

November 9

          I'm happy to annouce that I FINALLY managed to get a small supply of the correct type of glasses for The Great Lester's "Drinking Bit". These are hard to come by and I don't always have them available.  If you've always wanted to do this amazing classic vent effect, DON'T pass up this opportunity to get the CORRECT type of glass.  The glass also comes with complete instructions on HOW to do the routine.  And the glass itself is packaged in a sturdy little cardboard box, ideal for carrying it in your case.  I've just acquired another nice collection of vent books and vintage vent magazines....keep checking back for new additions to the site!

  --  Tom

 

November 2

          I just added the BRAND NEW re-release of the BEST documentary on vent EVER, "I'm No Dummy". This is an expanded two DVD set with more than TWO hours of bonus extras... Be sure to check it out....AND notice the AMAZING PRICE!  I'm still scanning in content to add....keep checking back often!

  --  Tom

 

October 22

          Ok...I just added a LOT of vintage vent magazines (including a number of 1950's-era issues of "The Oracle" which have not been listed previously), plus a few new books.  Be sure to check out Dale & Leslie Brown's "How to Write Original Comedy Dialogs for Ventriloquist Characters".  It's a MUST HAVE if you're SERIOUS about yor COMEDY!  Back soon...with LOTS more!

--  Tom

 

October 5

          I'm back again with more items!  I just listed another dozen+ vintage vent magazines (most previously unlisted), plus several more vintage books.  I've got a few vintage vent "toys" to list coming up...keep checking back for more updates!

--  Tom

 

September 26

          WOWZERS! Folks, the Gottle O' Geer website has just reached a milestone...as of right now, there are more than FIVE HUNDRED different items listed on this site!  This surely must be the GREATEST selection of ventriloquiana ever offered in one place at one time.  I added a stack of vintage vent magazines (all previously unlisted) today, plus several vintage vent books.  Lots more to come....Can't wait to annouce when I've listed a THOUSAND items!

--  Tom

 

September 25

          Wow! This is my fourth day in a row listing items!  I'm on FIRE!  I just added more vintage vent magazines (previously unlisted), several scarce dialogue books plus a SCARCE book from Great Britain.... Have fun taking a look around the site and finding the "new" items!

--  Tom

 

September 24

          I listed just a few more vintage vent magazines, plus a couple of relatively obscure vent books on this site this evening.  Take a look around...and be sure to check back again often.  I'm listing stuff regularly these days!!

-- Tom

 

September 23

          Back again so soon?  YES!  I just added a STACK of new books to the site, plus another small lot of previously-unlisted vintage vent magazines.  I've still got lots more sitting on the desk to add....keep checking back!

--  Tom

 

September 22

          Hi folks!  I just added several more vintage books to the site today, plus a few oddball pieces of ephemera.  Since my last "update", Jeff Dunham's first network (NBC TV) special has aired and it SMASHED everything in its time slot.  It was also the highest-rated non-sports program on NBC since May!  This bodes well for Jeff and vents in general, methinks!  Paul Zerdin also won "America's Got Talent"....another shot in the arm for ventriloquism in general (controversy over material and citizenship notwithstanding!). I truly believe we're in another golden age of ventriloquism!  Keep checking back for more newly-listed goodies!

 -- Tom

 

September 8

          Wow...I'm truly thrilled and humbled at the way my new book continues to sell.  To those of you who have already ordered it, thank you all so much!  Everyone who has purchased it seems to like it...I've heard nothing but wonderful comments.  Again...THANK YOU!!  Since the last update, I went to California for a week+ to attend the tapings of Jeff Dunham's upcoming NBC TV special and Comedy Central special.  It was a wonderful time and even though virtually every moment was accounted for in advance, we still managed to have some fun with good friends.  Be sure to watch for Jeff's special on NBC on September 17th.  Now...on to "Gottle O' Geer business"...  I just added a few more vintage books and a couple of unusual pieces of ephemera.  Take a walk through the site and see what you can find!  I'm still scanning in more...and I'll add more later this week!

  --  Tom

 

August 13

          Thanks to all of you who purchased my latest book ("The Really BIG Book..." etc.).  It's gratifying to see an effort so warmly received and embraced!  It's still available and you can still get your own signed copy (which includes an 8x10 photo).  I've just finished listing a number of vintage vent magazines, plus several wonderful vintage vent books.  I'm still scanning and working....keep checking back for more updates!

-- Tom

 

July 29

          IT'S BACK IN STOCK and available NOW!  My latest book, "The Really BIG Book of Hilarious Comedy Material for Ventriloquists (and Other People Who Like books With Long Titles Containing the Word 'Ventriloquists'...)" is HERE!  After a complete sellout at the 2015 Vent Haven ConVENTion, I finally have them back in stock.  And - for a limited time only! - you can purchase it at the SAME ConVENTion Special Price!  Only $20.00....delivered!   The regular retail price for this book is $24.95 plus shipping, so don't pass up this BRIEF opportunity to get this FANTASTIC (if I can believe what everyone is telling me about it!) book! 

--  Tom

 

July 28

          I just added a few more vintage titles to the site, plus re-lised the Brant Gilmer booklet on how to carve a wooden vent figure.  I only get these booklets once a year (following the vent convention), and never get more than a couple.  Don't miss this opportunity to grab a copy! Still lots more to add.... Keep checking back!

 -- Tom

 

July 26

          Wow....I'm still recovering!  Vent Haven ConVENTion 2015 is now history...and it was fantastic!  Thanks to all who came by my booth and visited (and made purchases!)...and thanks to all who came out to our annual public fund raiser show - Double Talk - on the Sunday following the ConVENTion.  I introduced my new book at the ConVENTion....and SOLD OUT completely!  But more are already on the way and should be here in a about a week.  Keep checking back to read about this BIG book of comedy material for vents!  Will add more goodies to the site this coming week....

--  Tom

 

July 14

          Ok...it's the day before the annual Vent Haven ConVENTion!  I've been worknig feverishly to get all of my prep work done.  I'm planning on having my usual MASSIVE booth full of new and vintage ventriloquiana at the ConVENTion.  Hope to see YOU there!  I just added another STACK of vintage vent magazines, 98% of which have never been listed on the site.  LOTS of great stuff for you to read or for your collection (or both!).  Take a look!  And stay tuned for more...I'll no doubt pick up more vintage goodies at this year's ConVENTion (as I do each year)...

  --  Tom

 

July 9

          Back again!  I just added a BUNCH of vintage vent magazines (Oracles, New Oracles, Vent Guild Journals) to the site, PLUS some wonderful vintage books.  Take a look around!  I'm still prepping for the annual ConVENTion next week and will add items on here that I'm not taking to the eVent.  Keep checking back!

--  Tom

 

July 8

          Wow!  Long time between updates...but I've been busy working and getting geared up for the annual Vent Haven Ventriloquists' ConVENTion...next week!  It's the biggest eVent of the year!  I did just manage to add some more vintage books to the site, plus some vintage Winchell/Mahoney toys.  Take a look!  Also watch for a newsletter from me not long after the ConVENTion...I've got a NEW BOOK available (it'll premiere at the ConVENTion next week) and it's one you'll WANT!  Stay tuned!  I hope to see many of you next week!

--  Tom

 

June 2

          I added more vintage vent magazines to the site this morning, plus a few "new" (vintage) photos I just found in an unopened box.  Take a stroll through the site and keep checking back for a MASSIVE update with LOTS of new goodies...coming SOON!

--  Tom

 

May 27

          Howdy again folks!  I managed to scan images of more than SEVENTY vent-related items this morning and I'm working on getting them all posted on the site within the next day or so.  Already today, I've posted more than a DOZEN new (vintage) items including scarce and out of print vent books and RARE old vent catalogs.  I also recently located a couple of SIGNED copies of Kelly Asbury's out of print (and highly desirable!) book, "Dummy Days" and have listed those on the site.  Be sure to check out all of the newly-listed goodies and keep checking back for MORE....SOON!

--  Tom

 

May 22

          Back again with another update!  I'm still not updating the site as often as I'd like, but pesky things like life keep getting in the way!  I did add a few more goodies today, and will attempt to add more over this holiday weekend.  Stay safe!

  --  Tom 

 

April 29

          Howdy folks!  I just added more vintage vent magazines to the site, plus several out-of-print books and even a photo or two!  I still have a large stack of items sitting on my desk to be scanned in and entered on the site.  Stay tuned...I'll get it done!  Keep checking back for more vintage items plus some rarities coming soon!

--  Tom

 

April 18

          Sorry to have been absent for so long!  So many things going on....so much to take care of!  But please know that even though the site may not always get updates on a daily (or even weekly!) basis, there is ALWAYS someone here to take care of your orders - even when I'm away. Yes, there have been a few rare instances when an order was delayed by a day or two, but you can rest assured that the site mail is checked regularly, and if for some reason an order can't go out within 24 hours (which is always my goal), then you will be notified immediately with an approximate time of shipping.

          Stay tuned.....I have lots of new/vintage items to add to the site...  and I promise i'll get to it this coming week!

--  Tom

 

March 23

          Hi Folks.... I'm back after a bit of an absence (more on that later this week).  I added a few vintage periodicals today...and I'm working on scanning in another large stack of vintage vent items on my desk.  Will list more later this week!

Best, -- Tom

 

February 25

          I'm absolutely THRILLED to tell you that the UPDATED edition of "A Jimmy Nelson Celebration - 70 Years of Laughter" is now HERE and ready to ship! This is the revised edition of the "souvenir" book from the 2011 Vent Haven ConVENTion at which Jimmy Nelson was honored for his lifetime dedication to ventriloquism.  This updated edition has a few additional photos plus some highlights from the 2011 ConVENTion itself (and the two errors in the first edition were corrected!).  This book is a MUST have for the Jimmy Nelson fan or ANY fan of modern ventriloquism! 

--  Tom

 

February 22

          Hi folks!  While I'm snowed in here at the Gottle O' Geer world headquarters, I'm scanning and getting ready to load up LOTS more vintage (and new!) vent goodies.  Check back often!  I added some vintage vent magazines and books today, plus a couple of copies of the hard-to-get manuscript on carving a figure from wood by master figure-maker Brant Gilmer: "How to Build a Ventriloquist Dummy".  It's always in demand!

--  Tom

 

February 11

          Ok, folks.... I just added another dozen or so vintage vent magazines to the site, including some hard-to-find issues of The Vent Guild Journal, a fascinating magazine produced by John Arvites in the late 80's/early 90's.  Also added a few "oddball" goodies, as well....you'll have to dig through the site to find them!  I still have MANY more vent magazines to list, including more issues of The Vent Guild Journal, plus issues of Dialogue, Newsy Vents, Voice of the Northeast, The Vent-O-Gram, The New Vent-O-Gram, Double Talk, etc. Keep checking back!

          I'd also like to take a moment here to note the passing this morning of long-time friend and long-time pro vent, Bill DeMar.  Upon learning of Bill's passing via his son, my heart was filled with a profound sadness.  Bill was always supportive of any of my vent-related endeavors.  We collaborated on several projects together and he even stayed with me on occasion when I still lived in Louisiana.  I enjoyed the privileged opportunities of seeing him perform not only at various Vent Haven conventions, but at other vent gatherings and - best of all - *real* gigs...performing for laypeople.  Bill never failed to WOW them.  His technique was sharp, his material timeless and his puppet characterizations spot on. Of course, he was probably best known within our own little vent community for his mastery of puppet manipulation.  Watching him perform with a puppet - ANY kind of puppet - was a masterclass in comedy and pathos. 

          The loss of Bill brings to mind a few lines in Shakespeare's "Hamlet".  Referring to his father the King, Hamlet says to Horatio, "He was a great human being.  He was perfect in everything.  I'll never see the likes of him again."   Rest in Peace, Bill.  You truly were one of a kind.  You were loved by so many and are already sorely missed.

-- Tom

 

February 6

          Wow....this is the fourth day in a row I've managed to add content to the site!  I'm on FIRE!  This morning I added some additional vintage vent magazines, including the very LAST issue ever of The New Vent-O-Gram (circa 1971).  AI aso added a few other oddball assorted items.  Take a look through the various categories....you'll surely find some cool stuff you simply cannot live without!

--  Tom

 

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