In Stephen King's Salem's Lot, I read

...Parkin's Ford with a stick-on dashboard bubble...

What is a stick-on dashboard bubble?

Googling didn't yield any meaningful results (anything you could glue to a dashboard of a car and looked like a bubble).


That's a really long sentence but the clue is in the part just before that parenthetical:

...riding in the Jerusalem's Lot police car (Parkin's Ford with a stick-on dashboard bubble)...

He's poking a little fun at the Jerusalem's Lot Police Department. The town is so small and underfunded that its police car is just the sheriff's personal car with a cheap light mounted on the dash. Around 1975, it would've looked something like this, only cheaper:

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    I think you are right. I will add a picture. – GEdgar Aug 12 '18 at 16:54
  • These were know as bubblegum machines or gumball machines in slang. – Phil Sweet Aug 12 '18 at 17:23

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