Advertising Poster - 'Ron Blaskett The International Ventriloquist', 1960s Document Reg. No: HT 16083

Black and white printed advertising card depicting ventriloquist Ron Blaskett and Gerry Gee.

It was produced to advertise the services of Ron Blaskett as a ventriloquist. It uses a photograph produced to promote his work on `The Tarax Show', broadcast in Melbourne on GTV Channel 9.

Poster is part of a collection comprised of paper ephemera relating to the business of L.J. Sterne, doll-maker of Melbourne. The collection was originally donated with another 172 objects by the Trustees of the Leo Sterne collection circa 1990.
Black and white printed image on white card of Ron Blaskett holding the Gerry Gee doll. Printed heading in top left corner. Black printed stamp on reverse.Brown stains in top left corner.
Statement Of Significance:
This collection of paper ephemera (comprised mainly of photographs, newspaper clippings and advertisements) relates to various toys/dolls produced by the leading Victorian doll and toy manufacturer Leo J. Sterne. Sterne was a refugee from Austria who arrived penniless in Australia in 1939 and began making a range of papier mache dolls heads in his garage. By 1946 he had moved his business to a factory in Leicester Street, Carlton and by 1958 Sterne Dolls had representatives throughout Australia and was exporting its products overseas.

The collection includes a number of photographs of Sterne's early dolls heads and his complete dolls, including a series of bride dolls, baby dolls, Dutch boy and girl dolls as well as ordinary dress dolls. A significant proportion of the material is connected to the famous ventriloquist puppet Gerry Gee, operated by Ron Blaskett on 'The Happy Show', (later 'The Tarax Show') which began in Melbourne, in January 1957, on GTV 9. Gerry Gee Junior, a half-pint size version of Gerry Gee was one of a number of toy reproductions of children's TV characters created by Sterne Dolls. Others included Cynthia Bear for Channel 9 in Melbourne and Fredd Bear and Fee Fee Bear from 'The Magic Circle Club', Channel ATV 0 Melbourne as well as Humphrey B Bear from 'Here's Humphrey' on Channel 9 NWS, Adelaide. There are also artefacts relating to these characters within the collection (213 items altogether).

The collection provides useful insight into production, changes in fashion, marketing techniques, the importance of television, the targeting of a young market, and the changing style of dolls and accessories.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from R. Hertschtel, 1990
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 20.6 cm (Width), 25.5 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: dolls, television publicity, australian television industry, performers, ventriloquism
Themes this item is part of: L.J. Sterne Doll Company, Childhood & Youth Collection, Information & Communication Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Television Programming & Production
Tertiary Classification: performers
Inscriptions: Printed on front of card: Ron Blaskett / The International / Ventriloquist

Stamped on reverse: L.J. STERNE DOLL CO. / 121-123 LEICESTER STREET, / CARLTON, N.3. VIC. / PHONE 34-4314
Person Depicted: Ron Blaskett, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1960-1970
Person Depicted: Gerry Gee, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1960-1970

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