The Ventrilo was manufactured by the fabulous Johnson Smith & Co., makers of novelties such as this fake money. This one is also a little – irregular. Shady, even. I mean, yes, you could use it to make pretty little bird calls. But why not fool people instead?
That is obviously a ventriloquist on the right, with some creepy pals on his knee, – but what in the world is going on in the picture on the left? Is the schoolboy making the pack on the guy’s back talk? And if so, why?
Lots of fun fooling the teacher, policeman or friends. Why, that does sound like fun. Possibly followed by detention – either in the principal’s office or the local station house, your choice.
Pretend you are in a trunk or under the bed “or anywhere.” That sounds like fun,too. How about pretending you’re in a trunk, under the bed? There’ll be lots of laughs if you do that, say, at a party. Or when it’s time to go to school. Or when they’re coming to arrest you for using that Johnson Smith counterfeit money all over town.
[From a 1922 Popular Mechanics. Guess which city Johnson Smith & Co. was based in? Hint: we've been to this city many, many times before - and are never disappointed by the weird products there.]
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