First off: There is a National Bobblehead Museum and Hall of Fame, a collection set to open in downtown Milwaukee featuring more than 5,000 sports figurines with wiggling heads.
Yes, it really exists.
ut back to the museum, which has created an unsurpassed tribute to collectible dolls.
According to founders Phil Sklar and Bob Novak, bobbleheads can be traced to the 1760s, first appearing in a portrait of the British Queen Charlotte, whose portrait in Buckingham Palace includes a pair of nodding-head figures in the background.
A century later, according to the museum’s history, Russian writer Nikolai Gogol referenced bobbleheads in his short story “The Overcoat,” describing his protagonist as having a neck “like the neck of plaster cats which wag their heads.”