1952 – Ebenezer the Mechanical Man – Jack Brownson (American)
(Source: Mechanix Illustrated June 1952)
Children in Des Moines, Iowa are enchanted by a six-foot mechanical man who walks, talks, and smokes cigarettes. Jack Brownson, who spent four years making him, guides Ebenezer by a cable, projects his voice through loadspeaker. Construction is almost entirely auto parts.