Jewish bobblehead makers honoring the Gateway Arch on its birthday


Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer

Two Jewish entrepreneurs from Illinois who are the clever minds behind the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, are now ready to immortalize a St. Louis icon with its own bobblehead.

To celebrate the 57th anniversary of the completion of the Gateway Arch on Oct. 28, 1965, the Bobblehead Hall of Fame in Milwaukee unveiled its limited-edition Gateway Arch Bobble on Friday.

“The iconic Gateway Arch is one of the great landmarks of not only St. Louis or the Midwest, but the world,” said National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar. “We are excited to unveil this bobble of one of the most famous structures in the United States.”

The bobble features a replica of the Gateway Arch positioned on a grass-like base with a backing of the St. Louis skyline. The two ends of the Arch bobble. The base reads Gateway Arch on one side and St. Louis, Missouri, on the other. Each bobble is individually numbered to 1,965 and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store.

The bobbles, which are expected to ship in December (in time for Hanukkah), are $30 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.

Jewish bobbleheads

Co-founded by Sklar and his friend Brad Novak in February 2019, the institution is the world’s only museum dedicated to bobbleheads. Its collection holds 7,000 unique bobbleheads, including some manufactured by Sklar and Novak.

Last December, the museum unveiled its first-ever Hanukkah items: a Bobble Menorah, which features nine bobbling “flames” and comes in three color patterns, and a Bobble Dreidel on a gelt-shaped base.

“Having the candles with the flame bobbling and the dreidel on a spring, we thought was pretty unique,” said Sklar. “It was something that was tasteful, and that people would enjoy displaying on Hanukkah, or with their Judaica collection.”

Also for sale in the collection are bobbleheads featuring famous Jews including Moses, Noah, Albert Einstein, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Bernie Sanders, basketball great Sue Bird and Mensch on a Bench.

St. Louis-themed bobbleheads

The Gateway Arch is not the first St. Louis-themed bobblehead created by the Hall of Fame. Blues and Cardinals mascots, Louie and Fredbird, have been bobbled. So has Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter and the Rally Squirrel.