Friday, October 20, 2006


For those of you who's countries haven't been invaded by this particular form of kitsch, these are Bobbleheads (or sometimes spelled Bobble Heads). The heads rest on a spring. When you give it a gentle poke, the head bobs and nods and basically bobbles. For some reason this is sort of endearing and mildly fascinating. They can be sports figures, movie stars, politicians, animals, even Donald Trump or George Bush (the mind boggles).

I took this photo at Tucson Meet Yourself. Nobody sees these as art (or craft) but items like this turn up in booths on the fringe of all kinds of events.


Blogger Meg Nakagawa said...

Gee, groups like this, they're kinda... scary... almost....

11:51 PM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

The whole lot of them is surreal.

My grandfather had one of those, a very ancient one, in his study. We kids were sometimes allowed to play with it, very gently, under tight supervision and it was seen as a real treat. These days are long gone now.
Mass production has changed it all.

1:30 AM  
Blogger Louz said...

Meg I have to agree. They are individually cute but in my photo their eyes look a little demented, like they might go for your throat if you look away, a little creepy :-o An effect of the light and the grouping I think.

I remember bobbleheads as something people put on the dashboards of their cars, usually either dogs or hula dancers. I was surprised at the variety of them now. Figures.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

Okay, you can think of them as scary or you can think of them as silly kitsch. Actually, my first thought was that these made a fabulous photo, neither scary nor silly, just fabulous as a photo. Louz, I think you got something special here.

About Harington's work, you can read his work in any order but it seems that if one starts with Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks (it's fiction), one would have a great introduction to the whole "world" of the Ozarks as well as most of his novels.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Ditto Annie...I had the same reaction. Awesome photo of something many people would have passed by. Congrats!

11:39 PM  
Blogger Lavender Lady said...

It's a great photo! I don't personally own one...but they are all over here with the Mariners baseball team...and one of the editiorial reporters on one of the Seattle TV stations gives one a week to people who really dumb's klnown as the "Schramy".

12:14 AM  
Blogger Marie McC said...

Cute shot! I remember the bobbleheads on dashboards, too!

5:20 AM  
Blogger Louz said...

Thanks for the compliments on the photo. Its funny the things in our world that make good photos.

Thanks Annie for the info. I will look for that one. It would be interesting to see other blogs on the subject of local authors. I've got two in mind. for Tucson.

I love the Schramys idea!

12:36 PM  
Blogger Kala said...

bobbleheads! haha I have not seen these in a long time!! very cute!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Curly said...

Great composition Louz, full of colour and fun!

Curly's Photoshop

2:48 PM  
Blogger zannnie said...

Interesting shot!



2:43 AM  
Blogger Friendship quote said...

I like these dogs can you give one to me????????

1:12 PM  
Blogger Joan Gonz├ílez said...


salut. joan

1:40 PM  

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