(incorporated on Monday 24th August 1953)
was a toy company
headed by Sam Jupiter, and later by his daughter Vivian Kaplan. The
company manufactured first composition, then plastic ventriloquist
puppets and dolls from as early as 1949, till 1977, at which time they were
acquired by the Goldberger Doll Co. Some of the puppets included Jerry
Mahoney, Knucklehead Smiff, Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Danny O'Day, Little Ricky, Lester, and Velvel. They
also made Dick Clark and Pinky Lee dolls in the 1950's. Goldberger continued to
offer the Charlie McCarthy and Danny O'Day dolls after their acquisition
of Juro, as well as adding other celebrity dolls to their range such as
Laurel and Hardy.
The small ones, the dolls, always had a string
coming from the back of the neck that when pulled would make their
mouths open. During its heyday, however, it also sold a Jerry Mahoney
ventriloquist puppet with a turning head (mounted on a post, in the
manner of professional ventriloquist puppets) and offered a deluxe
version of Jerry
Mahoney which had moving eyes until Paul Winchell ended his
contract with Juro Novelty in 1966.
The Jerry Mahoney toys were Juro's best
selling product, when Paul Winchell ended their contract with the
company it only lasted 11 more years until they shutdown, and gave all
of their assets to Goldberger Doll Co. The company itself was inactive
for 25 years after, until it was finally dissolved in 1992.
Even after the break up, Juro still made
produced Jerry Mahonys for a few years, but instead bootleg versions to
avoid copyright regulations. The first version of the bootlegs were
advertised as "Danny", and the last version was advertised as "Tommy".