MastroNet Spring 2005
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"Uncle Milty" and "Mr. Television" were our two loving nicknames for comedian Milton Berle, the man who may have sold more television sets in the early days of TV than all the other featured stars in the business combined. Berle began his career as a child actor in silent films and kept on performing through the stage, vaudeville, radio, and talking movies, until his star went nova with his arrival as a rotating host for the 1948 launching of the "Texaco Star Theatre." His wacky vaudeville-style antics perfectly matched the nutty movements of this standard Marx mechanical vehicle. So Marx changed the litho to include Berle themes and catch phrases and added a litho caricature head of the star, made all the more humorous with the addition of a silly plastic cowboy hat. This glossy and fully working example measures 6" long x 6" tall and is solidly C8-NM, with the only visible wear appearing as the usual thin and intermittent line of rubbing to the paint on the center of the large rear tires' treads (more pronounced on the drive wheel). The delightfully illustrated box is exceptionally sharp, with bright colors and off-white coloration in the unprinted areas (grades EX, due to 3" tear in the center of one end panel and a light pinch crease at the end of one of the big panels—displays beautifully). It's a killer piece and a great reminder of everyone's favorite clown, from the days when TV was still a novelty!
Marx Early 1950's "Milton Berle Car" Tin Windup Toy in Original Box
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