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Gettysburg Museum Rethinks, Pulls Booth Bobblehead Off Its Shelves

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By David Madden

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (CBS) — For about a week, visitors to the Gettysburg battlefield could pick up a unique souvenir: a bobblehead doll not of Abraham Lincoln, but of his assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

But now the item is gone from the museum store’s shelves.

Officials at the Gettysburg National Park Museum gave the doll a second thought after a local reporter started asking questions.

“The item was inappropriate, and we should pull the item from the shelves,” says Gettysburg Foundation spokeswoman Dru Anne Neil.

They got the dolls through a distributor for the Kansas City manufacturer — which has sold out an initial run of 250 Booth dolls online, at $20 each, and is working up another batch.

“When we make a bobblehead, we want to make sure that when we’re making it we’re the only ones that are making it,” notes Matt Powers, sales manager for BobbleHead LLC.

His firm’s other creations include likenesses of Sarah Palin, the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, and Osama bin Laden. They’re also working on a Mother Teresa doll right now.

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