Made by Marx in the 1950s, here is a tin windup commemorating Milton Berle. And just who was Milton Berle? Why, Mr. Television! Uncle Miltie! Google his name and read for yourself!
So just how many REAL people have a toy made after them? Only a handful. Roy Rogers, Herold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin. Maybe a couple of others. But not many. And finally, who was the first inductee in the Television Hall of Fame? Yep, you got it. Milton Berlinger! That was his real name. It is said that many people bought their first television set because he was on every week--on Berlesday aka Tuesday.
Because many kids refused to go to bed on Berlesday, parents wrote in to NBC asked if Milton could help out. Milton Berle became Uncle Miltie when he said “now all you little kids…I want you to listen to Uncle Miltie and go to bed right after the show is over”. And so Uncle Miltie was born. Marx, being the biggest and best-known toymaker in America , couldn’t let the marketing opportunity pass by without making some money. So it’s no wonder that Marx made a toy after him, capitalizing on possibly the greatest personality of the 1950s.
Wind him up and watch Milton go. Forward, backwards, he rears up and even his head rotates. It kinda looks like he’s trying to keep his eye on the camera. Remember that was LIVE TV in the ‘50s.
Size: 6 inches long; 6 ½ inches at the tip of the hat; 4 inches wide at the back wheels
Condition: Don’t look real close with a loop at this toy. Stand back and just enjoy the toy for its working and visual presence. We would say this toy is in good condition considering its age at around 60 years old. There is, however, some rust on the inner big wheel on Milton’s right side. There are scratches and wear spots throughout. The varnishing on his face is peeling down to the white paint. And there are some rough spots on his face.
Now for the good stuff. The hat is not cracked or damaged. This is not always the case with this toy. The windup is strong and the toy works well. We didn’t wind it up all of the way, though: just enough to give it a thorough check. The lithography is bright and cheerful. It’s just a fun toy to watch. Needless to say this is an iconic toy. It’s the only tin windup toy we are aware of idolizing an American comedian legend in the last 60 years.
Mr. Entertainment? Yeah, you betcha!