Proving that it's never too late to still be "too soon," the Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center decided this week to remove a line of controversial John Wilkes Booth bobblehead dolls from its bookstore.
The dolls were added to the shop's stock two weeks ago. Almost immediately, they began drawing criticism from visitors and historians alike, who accused the tchotchkes of trivializing the President's death, albeit in a real, real cute way.
An image available at the source shows the Booth bobblehead clutching a tiny doll version of the pistol the real Booth used to assassinate Union preserver and theatre enthusiast Abraham Lincoln in April of 1865.
Also drawing criticism (from me) are the bobblehead dolls of Lincoln, still available, that make it look like he had a totally giant, unstable, weeble-wobbly head.
Historical records would indicate that the President's head was not unlike that of a normal human.
When told of the decision to remove the dolls from the shop, Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer beat one thousand headline writers to the punch, remarking to the Hanover Evening Sun:
"One could say wiser bobbleheads prevailed."
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