The oldest is from the 1800s. The smallest are for a dollhouse or diorama. Many are arranged on shelves, separated depending on whether they are meant to serve male or female anatomy. Some — like one that bears tribute to former Youngstown-area congressman Jim Traficant — are simply resting in a pile, while Eakin tries to figure out how to house them all.
His collection ranges from beautifully glazed ceramic versions to a urinal from a B-52 bomber. One is a "guitar" with a bedpan as the body and a neck strung with barbed wire. Another has a flame pattern.
And then there's that "Free James Traficant" model, replete with images of the former congressman, who served time in prison after a corruption conviction that he maintained was driven by a government vendetta.
Which one is Eakin's favorite? "I couldn't choose," he says in mock horror. "It would be like choosing your favorite child."
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