Surprising demand for Snow globes depicting tragic events

The crash of the Hindenburg; the My Lai Massacre; The new Lone Ranger movie. These are just three examples of past and recent horrors one may not expect to be depicted in a collectable art format. However, a growing number of morbid aunts and grandmothers have been purchasing these depressing knick-knacks online to the tune of $37,000* annually.

One fetching as much as $1500 depicting the liberation of emaciated females from Auschwitz recently sold at auction in Connecticut. The buyer, only known as “Ms. Pearl,” was quoted as saying “I’m a Northerner, liberal as the day is long, and I care about the arts…but do you want to see my Nazi death globe?”

We did.

Capitalizing on the trend, craftsmen in several states have taken to taken to immortalizing more a wide array of human atrocities under glass and surrounded by glitter. Specialty Artisan Sandy Hookman† has made himself known for his scenes of cult-based tragedies ranging from Jonestown to the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.

Painstaking detail goes into these depictions. His masterpiece, entitled “August 9th – A Evening at the Tate House” is considered one of the most sought-after pieces in this sick, fucking sick genre. It plays the song “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” when you wind it up.

Met with very little protest, most coming from west coast radio DJs, this market continues to thrive. As a memento of our time in Hartford, we’ll be sure to bring back a “Fukushima Daiichi” globe for the office.

It plays “Walkin’ on Sunshine.” And rains radioactive death when you shake it.

* – Costa Rican Colones

† – No relation

Noroom F. Thumbo Posted by on July 10, 2013. Filed under Haddock History, Haddock US. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.