A Bobble Head doll has a head that bobbles or wobbles to and fro when tapped or jostled. These collectible dolls are also know as Wobblers, Nodders, Bobbing Heads, Bobbie Heads along with other names. They don't necessarily need to be a doll, they can also be figures of animals or even a set of salt and pepper shakers,
Typically when people think of bobble heads, they think of the sport figures, baseball stars. One might also remember the Hula girl bobble head seen in numerous movies, TV shows and commercials. The one I remember is the pig that always sat on the dash of my Mom's van.
However, bobble heads date clear back to around the 1760's- 1770's!! There was a painting done in 1765 of Queen Charlotte in her dressing room at the Buckingham Palace which shows 2 bobble heads in the background. At this time, bobble heads were Chinese figures according to the National Bobble Head Hall of Fame. By the early 1900's animal bobble heads were being made in Germany. From there they just grew in popularity and became a collectible.
Both salt and pepper used to be served in cellars with small spoons. However, the salt would gather moisture and clump. In the 1920's, Morton Salt added magnesium carbonate to salt to prevent the clumping. This allowed for salt to poured out of a sealed container. Since pepper was always served with salt, and thought of as a pair, pepper shakers were also created.
The automobile industry is responsible for salt and pepper shakers becoming a collectible. People could travel more easily and shakers were a perfect gift due to size, price and subject matter.
Even today, salt and pepper shakers are quite collectible. You can choose to collect by style, colors, singles or by what they are made out of. Anyway you choose, they are perfect to be put on your vintage shelf display!
1. The Salt and Pepper Museum
2. Wise Apple Vintage
3. Smithsonian Magazine
Hallmark ornaments available in my store
A couple years ago, during one of our family Christmas get togethers, I mentioned to everyone we should do our Christmas in July. My reasoning was to cut down on family members not being able to travel due to bad weather. Also, as our individual families are expanding, it would open up more time to enjoy the holidays with them versus struggling to find a day that works with Mom, Siblings, Kids, Grandkids, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, various in-laws, etc...
Well, I was met with scoffs, no ways, why's, you're insane along with some other Christmas family niceties. So, no Christmas in July for us. However, this did lead me to wondering why/how Christmas in July got started.
There seem to be numerous reasons why or how Christmas in July got started. Some say it's because of the different seasons between the North and South Hemisphere. Others say it has to do with breaking up the year to allow for more gift giving and partying, an excuse for a joyous family gathering.