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John Chapman
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Being an Insull fan, I've collected many photos of his figures. Lots from Ebay listings, from friends, and from my own Insull figures' photos.

I've put all the photos in my collection up on Facebook. Just so that folks can see his great workmanship.

I don't know the source of many of the photos. If I've used any images wrongly please let me know, or if anyone needs to be credited for photos I can add them to the descriptions.

I've organised the photos in albums. On the Facebook page click on photos then albums.

If you have Len Insull photos you'd like to feature on the page please email them to me: jjmmcc@hotmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/leninsull

Cheers,
John.
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Great idea, although I don't own any Insulls. I must admit I admire his work, but the living mouth doesn't appeal to me firstly because of the longevity of wear and tear to the leather on the mouth (I might be wrong on that ) and secondly the way the leather wrinkles when the mouth opens. Just my own personal preference, but still nice FB page
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Fonsy
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Nice collection! Thanks for sharing!

How many Insull figures do you own?

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I 'liked' the page and posted a couple of photos. One of me and my first pro figure, an Insull from about 1973. The other is of my Brose kit figure Henry, who's paint job was based directly on my insull figure.
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Nice collection of photos.
I've repaired/refurbished well over 2 dozen Insull figures over the years (in fact, I'm currently finishing up repairs and repainting on a somewhat rare one, prior to offering it for sale next month).

I've have always marvelled at ol' Len's artistry and ingenuity (same goes for Len Jr., who predeceased his father by quite a few years). They are very well made figures and with proper care last a very long time (including the leather parts!)
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Nice pictures.
I love the look of the Insull figure but I'm not a fan of the living mouth either for various reasons.
But they are great looking figures and there's some great pics there.
http://dickensndave.bravehost.com/index.html



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John Chapman
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Thanks for the comments. I personally own 3 full size heads, with non-original bodies (as is the case with many figures originally sold outside of the UK)

The first I got in 1999. He was repainted prior to my purchasing him. He has winkers, raising eyebrows, side moving eyes, upper and lower lip, and smoker fitting. No moving ears.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=......12c9f694

My second I got from a local online auction, for about $150 from memory. The back of his head had been removed (cut rather crudely) and lost. Fortunately, the face paint was original and clean. Unfortunately one winker was broken (wire snapped under the eyelid) which is why I assume the back of the head had been taken off. This head has winkers (well, one winker now), raising eyebrows, side moving eyes, upper and lower lip, and flapping ears. I replaced the back of his head and applied crepe hair in Insull style.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=......ee51c9a9

The 3rd figure I got from a retired Australian magician named Ted Tyzack. This particular head was in great shape, with original paint and crepe hair. Fully loaded with winkers, raising eyebrows, side moving eyes, upper and lower lip, flapping ears, smoker, and crying. He's stamped Davenport New Oxford St, which dates him in the mid to late 50s.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=......09024d09

Cheers, John
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