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Gettysburg gift store pulls Booth bobblehead dolls

- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 13, 2012

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Bobblehead dolls of the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln have been pulled from sale in Gettysburg National Military Park's visitors' center.

Dolls of John Wilkes Booth with a handgun were taken off bookstore shelves Saturday, a day after a reporter from Hanover's The Evening Sun newspaper asked about them.

Gettysburg Foundation spokeswoman Dru Anne Neil said Tuesday the dolls were available only for about a week before the park superintendent, the foundation president and the bookstore manager decided they shouldn't be for sale.

Confederate sympathizer Booth killed Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington in April 1865, as the Civil War was ending.

The Kansas City, Mo.-based manufacturer says the Booth dolls are a top seller and more are being produced. The doll has a big head attached to the body by a spring so it bobbles.

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