Black and white photograph, depicting Kevin Constantine with his ventriloquist doll, circa 1960.
Description of Content
Kevin Constantine, a young boy, with his ventriloquist doll. The doll is on the left, positioned on the boy's lap, looking towards him with its face on profile. The doll is wearing a dark suit vest and bow tie, and a white shirt. It has dark hair. Kevin Constantine is wearing a dark suit, white shirt and pale spotted tie. There is a white handkerchief in the suit breast pocket. He has blonde hair, and is looking towards the doll. Behind them is a dark studio curtain.
Black and white photograph.
This item is part of a growing collection of material relating to the migration and settlement experiences of Leo and Hilda Sterne who arrived in Melbourne in 1939. They immediately established a business that became one of the most successful doll and toy manufacturers in post-war Melbourne.
The L.J. Sterne Doll Company (1939-71) is significant as one of the few surviving collections related to an Australian toy and doll manufacturer, a once thriving industry in Australia. Only the A.L. Lindsay and Co. Archive at the Powerhouse Museum and the Jakas Toy collection at Melbourne Victoria are comparable.
This collection of photographs, business and promotional documents, dolls, and toys enables the exploration of many Australian post-war historical and social themes including: local television and manufacturing industries; design and production innovation; marketing and merchandising; childhood; gender and cultural representations; leisure and sport; key cultural and historical events.
On reverse, stamped in purple ink: 'VENTRILOQUIST / KEVIN CONSTANTINE / 27 TANGYES STREET, / PASCOE VALE / PHONE 33 0261 BUS. HRS.'
Type of item
71 mm (Width), 89 mm (Height)