The original item from Albion Manor is now SOLD.
One of the best Marx tin wind-up toys ever visualized and created.
A Louis Marx Joe Penner and his duck Goo Goo of "Wanna Buy a Duck" fame. First introduced in the early 1930s it is a great toy. When wound Penner walks with his duck and basket and his hat goes up and down and his cigar moves from side to side.
The litho on this all original toy is very bright and clean and it works perfectly. The rare box is complete and is wrapped in an archival cling plastic. There is a small crease on 2 sides of the box shown in the photos at the 10am position. However, both the toy and the box are outstanding examples. In the photos the toy is shown on each side of the box so you can see condition.
Many times you find this toy missing either the hat or cigar or with the litho badly scratched, it is after all 84+ years old. To find one in this condition, complete with undamaged and all complete box is rare. In toy collecting the box is worth as much as or more than the toy and a toy with box is always a better investment than one without if there is the choice. It is worth paying the extra to obtain the rarer example.
While you may see other examples of this toy for sale in this price range (and more..do a search on Ruby Lane for a sold example at $1295, no box), this toy is a strong contender for being in the best of the ones you see for sale.
Measures approx. 8.25 inches tall.
Joe Penner (November 11, 1904 – January 10, 1941) was a 1930s-era vaudeville, radio and film comedian.
Penner developed his catch phrases in burlesque. He was launched on his successful radio career by Rudy Vallee, appearances which led to his own Sunday evening half-hour show, which began October 8, 1933.
Penner was the ultimate Depression-era zany comic. Although mostly forgotten today, partly because he died young at age 36 and partly because recordings of his humor have mostly been lost, Penner was a national craze in 1933–34. There is no deep social meaning in his comedy, no shades of subtlety — just utter slapstick foolishness, delivered in an endearingly simpering style. He was the "it-man" of radio comedy when the nation needed laughter. Many say the Jerry Lewis modeled his humor on Penner but there was only one.
The story goes that in his routine he would customarily go out on stage with some sort of prop and say to his straight man, "Wanna buy a..." whatever the prop was. No laughs basically until one day when he went out on stage with a wooden decoy and said, "Wanna buy a duck?" The house went wild. Penner would parlay this one simple line into a major radio career. He enjoyed a meteoric rise, quickly becoming a household name with his unabashed "anything for a joke" antics and other one-liners like "You naaaaasty man!" One of the earliest roles of voice talent Mel Blanc on national radio was as the voice of Goo-Goo, the duck that figured in Penner's famous catchphrase. Egghead, the forerunner of the Elmer Fudd character, was partly based on Penner too, which used a similar voice and mannerisms.
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Superb Louis Marx 1930s Toy Joe Penner & His Duck GOO GOO, with Rare intact Excellent Box
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