National Bobblehead Day:
The 7th of January of each year celebrates bobbleheads, the cute little spring connected, bobbing head playthings. Clearly, a great idea to celebrate them, and hundreds are nodding in agreement.
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Related: Other National Days Celebrated on January 7th:
Why National Bobblehead Day?
Humans are beings of agreement. While we cannot have our favorite characters and celebrities agree with what we say in person, we can surely get our hands on these goofs who’ll agree to anything you say to them, no judgment. Sounds silly? That’s just the point!
The first bobblehead traced was in the early 1700s. They were not knickknacks but religious figures with large, bobbing faces and tiny bodies. They were found in Asia and were called the “temple nodders” and were made of ceramic. In the 1760s, they made their way to Europe from China.
In 1842, Nikolai Gogol’s short story referred to bobbleheads. As the story goes, the main character’s neck was described as “the necks of plaster cats which wag their heads.”
In 1920, the first sport bobblehead was created, with the face of a generic basketball player. This leads to a surge in their popularity, and by the 1950s, the bobblehead industry held golden prosperity in their hands. The production of plastic and bisque porcelain bobbleheads begun around this time. There were bobbleheads for everything at this point- be it a baseball team or your favorite cartoon character. You name it; you got it.
The most famous bobbleheads, immensely treasured collectives today, were The Beatles bobbleheads. This set leads the trail for a bang and blast among the bobblehead trend.
The fire of the bobbleheads slowly begun to die, only to be awakened as the San Francisco Giants handed 20,000 visitors a Willie Mays bobblehead to venerate the 40th anniversary of the Candlestick Park. This brought back the lost trend.
We celebrate bobblehead day because they are the child in every one of us. There’s a certain poetry to these sweet, adorable wobblers. They represent innocence, agreeability, and creativity. They represent determination. As they wobble and nod their way through everything you have to say to them, they make you believe in yourself, and that is a seldom found necessity. The purpose of this day is nothing but to make you smile.
How Can We Observe National Bobblehead Day:
- Sharing is caring.
Give away one of your favourite bobbleheads to someone you love! If you don’t own one, buy one!
- How many nods?
The purpose of this day is fun, right? Get your bobbleheads out and see how many of them you can have nodded at the same time. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up setting a world record! Share a picture of this on social media with #BobbleHeadDay.
- If you’re feeling exceptionally passionate, visit the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum or other conventions and exhibitions. Those are quite common on this day!
Interesting Facts about National Bobblehead Day:
Here are some fun facts about bobbleheads for you to nod along to!
- The largest bobblehead is 15.4 feet (4.96 meters) in height and is a depiction of a St. Bernard dog.
- In 2010, a set of vintage bobbleheads- dating back to The 1800s- portraying a husband and wife was sold for a whopping $35,925.
- In 2012, bobbleheads were used as a romantic gesture! They were gifted by the Bachelorette contestant Chris Bukowski to Emily Maynard. He was eliminated later, but they did win him enough points to stay for a while.
- A movie entirely based on the “lives” of bobbleheads was released on the 8th of December, 2020. The movie was titled “Bobbleheads: The Movie.”
- In 2014, Major League Baseball gave away 1 Million bobbleheads as gifts to fans.
- Today, you can make to order a bobblehead to look like a drumroll; please, YOU! They are customizable and can look like anyone else you’d like as well.
- The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, opened in 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, houses the largest collection of bobbleheads in the world.
- Bobbleheads are older than the USA!
- One of the only two surviving bobbleheads representing 1961-1962 New York Yankees was sold for $60,000 in 2015.
History of National Bobblehead Day:
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, in association with the Registrar at National Day calendar, decreed that the 7th of January would be observed as the National Bobblehead Day, all in accordance with the policies put forward to describe a National Day. The day was first celebrated in 2015 and continues to be celebrated and admired annually.