The John Wilkes Booth Bobblehead




I read about the John Wilkes Booth Bobblehead quite accidently.  I was glancing through a TIME magazine dated April 2, 2012, and saw a liitle blurb about it. Here’s what it said:


Bobblehead Blunder


“For about a week at the Gettysburg battlefield’s gift shop, tourists could buy a bobblehead doll of Abraham Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. The dolls were pulled on March 10 after critics cried foul. But collectors need not fret; the doll is still available online for $19.95. Sic semper idiotis.”


Do you think this a “new low” in the name of making a buck? To make a doll of John Wilkes Booth! What’s next-a Lee Harvey Oswald bobblehead? On the other hand, it will be no surprise to some as they view our culture as not having the market on decency. I also realize that there are those who consider Booth a hero. He certainly had thought he would be viewed that way.  Would he have been flattered by his bobblehead imitation? I went on Ebay to see what sellers were asking for the item. The prices ranged from $19.95 to $49. 98. I’m sure that it will sell-and the prices will rise as it becomes more rare. It is well made as far as the product itself. It looks like it was designed directly from one of the Booth photographs-as far as the head.  Well, it is a curiosity at any rate


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4 Responses to “The John Wilkes Booth Bobblehead”

  1. B. Nash says:

    Rick: Thank you for your military service my friend. I am also a veteran and proud member of the American Legion. I remember the reception given as you mentioned. Thank you also for taking the time to give background on what you do now and why the JWB bobblehead. God bless., Bill

  2. Rick Lynn says:

    Sincerely appreciate the feed back but still feel there is a larger issue at hand that has yet to be addressed.

    I started making Bobbleheads of people places and things as teaching aids for my children. The thought was rather than spending time with nondescript action figures why not incorporate play time and history lessons. At least they would become familiar with the subject matter and the events in the appropriate time period.

    In the case of the Civil War, Lincoln and Booth were made as a set to start a conversation about this very tragic time in our history. From a personal standpoint we had family who paid the ultimate sacrifice on both sides.

    The Lincoln was made like the Lincoln Memorial in all white. An ethereal, almost god like image
    whereas Booth is portrayed with hunched shoulders and scowling. The concept of good and evil are readily apparent and easily understood on the child’s level.

    The challenge at hand is trying to explain to the kids why it is ok to see Booth in pictures, articles, movies, internet, text books, Life Sized Wax Figures, tshirts, and museums but not ok as a bobblehead.

    I have not made it as far as the Second World War or the Kennedy assassination but will keep your suggestion in mind.

    You are quite correct in stating that some people will be offended no matter what the subject is. My Charles Darwin Bobblehead gets a good deal of hate mail as well. While on the other hand the Surrat Museum loves the JWB Bobblehead along with a number of other Civil War Museums.

    As a service disabled veteran from the Vietnam Era I served my country. The vitrol unleashed by the press reminds me of when people would spit on you and throw bottles, trash and insults for wearing the uniform. Did not understand it then and do not understand it now. But that is exactly why we served. Everyone has an opinion and is free to express it. What a great country!

    Thanks again for the insight.

  3. B. Nash says:

    Mr. Lynn: Hello and thank you for visiting my Lincoln blog! I’m pleased that you took the time to drop a line. I watched the video from the link you supplied. However, my opinion of the JWB Bobblehead remains the same-I simply think it is poor taste to fashion a doll after him. I’m not sure who called you an “idiot” but it wasn’t me. I didn’t make any judgement about you personally. If you are simply creating bobbleheads because they are “persons of history” – I don’t see what is preventing you from making a Lee Harvey Oswald bobblehead, for instance. Or how about one of Adolph Hitler? It’s a matter of taste, like I said. Please consider that there are those who are going to be offended at such types of dolls. Hope this helps.

  4. Rick Lynn says:

    Hello, I am the “Idiot” who made the John Wilkes Booth Bobblehead.

    In formulating an opinion it is important to consider both sides of a controversy prior to rendering a judgement.

    I respectfully submit, for your consideration, the following link:

    Kindest Regards, Rick Lynn

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