When it comes to Abe Lincoln, tourist attractions haven’t been shy in finding ways to cash in and merchandize. We’ve seen all manner of misshapen statuary of our 16th President, commemorative plates, paperweights, and trashy keepsakes. Unlike Elvis Presley, there is no surviving estate with a lawyer army to crush off-brand souvenirs. But Lincoln is a brand that just can’t be diluted or damaged…
We really like this souvenir Lincoln grabber head for a couple of reasons: 1) The plastic grabber-on-a-stick, once confined to gator and shark heads, has made the species and logic leap to human heads. 2) It was one of the less expensive items at Springfield, IL’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. 3) It’s garish, obnoxious, and probably the most “wrong” thing to take away after your museum-borne epiphanies about Lincoln’s life and meaning.
Yes, it’s really for kids (picture junior chomping daddy’s ear with it while he’s accelerating onto the interstate), but that’s never stopped us before.
I-55 exit 98B. Drive west on Clear Lake Ave. into town. Clear Lake turns into Jefferson St. The museum is on the corner of Jefferson and 6th St. Turn right on 6th, and drive two blocks to the parking garage.
My husband and I went to the Lincoln Presidential Museum this weekend in hopes of finding this treasure. It was a success! We took lots of pictures of chomper Lincoln at many of the downtown historic sites and set up this group on Flickr. If you have pictures of The Great Masticator, please post them here! http://www.flickr.com/groups/998492@N20/
I purchased one from the National Park Museum gift shop at Gettysburg in November, pretty much for the same reasons as listed in the article. It’s great. On today, the 200th anniversdary of Lincoln’s birth, I am going to antagonize my co-workers with it. Abe would be pleased to be remembered this way. Ok, maybe not.
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