|Theo. Mack & Son was a Chicago company of wood carvers who specialized
in what they called Ventriloquial Figures. Edgar Bergen is known
to have commissioned them to create the first Charlie McCarthy.
It is ironic that Bergen is said to have named Charlie McCathy after Charles Mack, the son of Theo. Mack, and then to make him seem more Irish, changed his name to McCarthy.
Our Prof. Charles Mack had of course changed his name from 'McCarty' (and sometimes 'McCarthy') to 'Mack' in order to avoid being thought of as Irish.
The photo is from the Theo. Mack letterhead. It appears at the top of a letter to Prof. Charles Mack dated: Chicago, January 9, 1915. A facsimile of the letter appears below.
A close look at the photo reveals a strong resemblance between these 1915 Theo. Mack figures and the Edgar Bergen figures of the 30's and 40's. The figure at the top left resembles Charlie McCarthy and the small figure in the center looks a lot like Mortimer Snerd. The black figure bears a strong likeness to Charles Mack's figure "Danny."
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