MILWAUKEE – This morning, to celebrate National Bobblehead Day and the anniversary of the start of the bridge’s construction, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the first bobble featuring San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The limited-edition bobble is being released in conjunction with the anniversary of the start of the bridge’s construction, which began on January 5th, 1933, as well as National Bobblehead Day, which is celebrated annually on January 7th. We’re celebrating starting today with dozens of new bobblehead releases including this bobble of the Golden Gate Bridge. The bobble was produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.
The bobble features a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge positioned on a water-like base made with clear resin to have a water effect. The base reads Golden Gate Bridge on one side and San Francisco, California on the other. Each bobble is individually numbered to 1,937 and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbles, which recently arrived and ship now, are $30 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.
Completed in 1937, the 4,200-foot art deco suspension bridge links the city of San Francisco to its northern neighbor, Marin County. It spans the Golden Gate, which is the one-mile strait between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Despite its name, the bridge is painted a reddish orange, not gold. The bright color, called “international orange,” often can be seen through the fog that forms over the bay. Initially designed by engineer Joseph Strauss in 1917, the bridge took four years to build, starting on January 5th, 1933. When the Golden Gate Bridge opened, a San Francisco newspaper called it a “$35 million steel harp.” At the time of its opening, it was both the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world – a record it held until 1964.
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and California and has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Frommer’s travel guide has described the bridge as “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.” People may drive, bike, or walk across the bridge. It is estimated that 110,000 vehicles travel across the bridge each day. The roadway of the bridge is suspended, or hung, from steel cables. The main cables hang from two towers that rise out of the water. The towers are 746 feet tall. Smaller cables hang straight down from the curving main cables. The smaller cables hold up the roadway. Each year, the bridge attracts more than 10 million visitors.
“The iconic Golden Gate Bridge is one of the great landmarks of not only San Francisco, but the entire world,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “The Bay Area has been a popular tourist attraction thanks in large part to the spectacular bridge. We are honored to produce the first bobble of one of the most famous bridges in the world!”
About the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum:
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at 170 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened to the public on February 1st, 2019. The HOF and Museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for retail sale as well as organizations, individuals, and teams across the country. Visit us online and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.