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Monday, November 16, 2009

Guns and Dolls

I’ve been travelling quite a bit in the plains states of the Midwest lately and I’ve noticed something. Go into any Interstate gas station/restaurant/store combo and there are dolls. There are fancy dolls under glass in frilly frocks and fancy bonnets. There are whole shops within a shop devoted to dolls. And then I found these:

dolls

Yes, darling, you can have your very own cloth “mini-me.” She’s already been stuffed and hung from the ceiling with care. She’s just waiting for you! Would you like “Suicide Sally” or maybe “Noosy Nellie?” Why are you crying, dear?

Seriously, this has to be the creepiest way to display a doll I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure I understand the underground doll culture that seems to exist here. But I do remember, having grown up in Wisconsin, that “Gun and Doll” shows were quite popular. I don’t really get the connection, but I suppose if the hubby likes guns, the missus must like dolls, right? Uh, maybe. Maybe the doll culture is just as strong as the gun culture and you have to be a member to understand it. In fact, maybe the NRA shot these poor rag dolls before they were stuffed and strung up for public viewing. Maybe.

6 comments:

leah said...

"underground doll culture that seems to exist"

that is hilarious....please tell me what state you are in! if you are passing through Lincoln or Seward, Nebraska, let me know, and we can meet or i can point you to some {not so creepy} thrift stores!

Jennifer Murphy said...

It reminds me of a scene from Braveheart.

I've always found dolls a little creepy. Hanging them from the ceiling by a noose really drives the point home.

Jo said...

Creepy is right.

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i love love said...

what's the deal of thing dolls hanged in the ceiling? looks unique though
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