Gertrude - Six-foot tall prop doll
used by Ernie Kovacs in many of his skits on the
comedy variety show ERNIE IN KOVACSLAND/NBC/1951
aired from Philadelphia on WPTZ.
Gertrude looked like a very tall version of
Betty Boop. She wore a white skirt and a dark
blouse with a question mark over the chest area.
The doll's face was broad and flat like a thick
pancake. It was ringed by stringy black hair.
The life-size rag doll had been sent to the show
by a viewer when Kovacs mentioned that their
total prop budget was $15 a week.
Ernie's other mascot was a papier-mâchè dog
(which he might place next to a fire hydrant)
that looked like RCA Victor's Nipper.
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