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Bobblehead Booth pulled from Lincoln Museum shelves

March 16, 2012 |  8:15 am

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One of the more tragic moments of American history will not be retold via bobblehead. 

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., recently pulled John Wilkes Booth dolls from the gift shop selves. The move follows a similar decision made by the Gettysburg National Military Park's bookstore in Pennsylvania.

The bobblehead Booth held a handgun inside a box designed to look like the theater where Lincoln was shot.

Museum spokesman Dave Blanchette told the Chicago Tribune that though the dolls hadn't received any complaints, “It seems to be in bad taste. It makes light of the assassination of President Lincoln.

"This was the first time that we really took a hard look at having these items for sale,” he added.

The 7-inch dolls were priced at $24.99 and on sale for about a week.

Booth, of course, was a Confederate sympathizer who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. He later fled to Virginia, where he was shot and killed by Boston Corbett, who, as far as we can tell, has not been made into a bobblehead.


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Photo: A bobblehead John Wilkes Booth next to Abraham Lincoln at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitors Center Battlefield Bookstore. Credit: Shane Dunlap / The Evening Sun