So one might think after reading this story about how the giftshop at Gettysburg National Military Park sells a bobblehead of Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
Hat-tip to Bernadette Loeffel-Atkins, who came by this from her friend Sandra Young.
Are you kidding me?!?
No less tasteless than Booth in the ALPL&M.
I mean at Gettysburg it’s the gift shop, not the main plaza of the great man’s museum. Although I suspect you can’t find an Oswald bobblehead at the Kennedy Library.
ALPL&M also sells a repro Booth derringer for the FAA (Future Assassins of America).
Just goes to show you they will sell anything in Gettysburg.
They also sell fudge! Buy 2 lbs get one free! Just what they need, sugar, fat, grubby fingerprints…yuk!
Whoever authorized that move ought to be fired. The dolls should be removed immediately. Historical figures should not be trivialized in this way. Want your favorite ball player for your dashboard, go ahead, but don’t do this to historical figures. For gosh sakes, more than fifty thousand men went down as casualties or captives in this battle here, and you are going to sell toys? Lets get back to selling souvenirs and mementos and drop the toys! They also have a Lincoln figure on a stick!
I can understand selling toys for the kids. If they want to sell toy cavalry swords, rifles, dolls, and kid’s uniforms, and if helps to get the next generation interested in history in general and the Civil War in particular, more power to them. But the Booth bobblehead seems beyond the pale; although, once you’ve put a figurine of him in the Lincoln Museum in Springfield and make a joke in your promotional materials about him “watching Lincoln’s back,” heh, heh, you’ve got to wonder where the, coarsening, for lack of a better word, ends.
As I stated on Bern’s facebook page. “Booth bobble-heads, Rent-a-Wedding, $2.50 coffee, $2.50 bottles of water, paying to see the museum, inane requirement to view the movie if you only want to see the Cyclorama….. Customer un-friendly and classless. What’s next, Civil War sex rooms!?”