The Elephant in the Room!

Should you bring an elephant into your home?

Of course I don’t mean a real elephant, unless of course you have a really big house! I’m thinking more on the lines of an elephant statue or trinket.

Elephant in all shapes, sizes and textures for the collectors can be found at Bahoukas AntiquesWhy would you want an elephant?

Elephants are the largest land animals on earth today and symbolize beauty, silent power, kindness and majesty. There are many reasons why you may want to bring an elephant statue into your home or office.

An elephant for good luck?

Ancient folklore and Indian mythology suggest that elephants are considered a symbol of good luck.  If “Good luck” is your goal, be sure the elephant is situated with the trunk up, which allows the lucky energy to be dispersed throughout your home or office.

An elephant for fertility?

Another popular use for an elephant in your home is as a fertility cure. When you bring an elephant into your home for this purpose, choose one with the trunk down. According to folklore, the elephant with the trunk down stores and accumulates energy, and will help push thru obstacles to conception.

An elephant for protection?

Because of it’s strength and physical power, the elephant symbolizes protection and stability. You often see a pair of elephants at the entrance of Asian buildings, such as temples or businesses. Unlike Fu Dogs (another very popular protection cure), the elephants impart a sense of respect and humility, which does not take away from their strength or power. To make use of their protective powers, you may want to place a couple of elephants at your main entrance. No need to have a dramatic arrangement, just an elephant couple on your side table can work very well!

Neon lights at BAHOUKAS!

Our Beer MuZeum is constantly “in flux”, as we acquire more inventory. George just set up some of the neon lights on display so they are illuminated for you viewing pleasure!

Great display of Neon Lights and signage at Bahoukas Beer MuZeum in Havre de Grace, MD

The above photo is only a sampling, sobe sure to visit us to enjoy the full collection!

How do you light up your home bar? I’ll be we have the perfect piece waiting for you.

In the meantime, check out this guy’s collection!

Impressive! He proves that you can never have too many neons!

How about McCormick to Spice Up Your Life?

Many are drawn to the old time graphics often included on old spice tins. The classic colors and designs are a great addition to your home décor.

Vintage McCormick Spice Tins at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

A feeling of nostalgia warms our hearts and warms our homes! An old McCormick’s tin may remind you of Grandmom’s house, and that sentimental feeling can be very pleasurable. Why not place it somewhere prominent as a daily reminder of good times and good people.

Your name please!
Others collect tins that showcase their name, first or last. If your first name is “Ginger” you are in luck! There are lots of choices to choose from in terms of Ginger spice tins: many different brands, various time periods. Last names or nicknames can often be found on old advertizing tins. Hunting for them is half the fun!

McCormick’s History

Back to the subject of McCormick’s, here is a short timeline of the brand:

1889 – Willoughby M. McCormick started the business in Baltimore at age 25 (initial products were sold door-to-door and included root beer , flavoring extracts, fruit syrups and juices)

1895 – The Clover Brand was used for the flavoring extracts, fruit syrups and juices

1896 – McCormick bought the F.G. Emmett Spice Company and entered the spice industry

1902 – The Banquet Brand was established for its spices and mustard

1903 – Willoughby and his brother Roberdeau incorporated the company in Maine

1904 – Most of the company’s assets and records were destroyed in the Great Baltimore Fire. Within 10 months, a new five-story building was erected on the old site.

1905 – The brand name Clover Blossom was established for the spices and mustard, and Bee Brand tea was made.

1909 – The Green Seal salad dressings and table relishes were added to its line

1910 – McCormick became one of the first producers of tea in gauze pouches, thereby introducing “tea bags.”

1915 – The company was reincorporated in Maryland

1921 – A new home for the “House of McCormick” was built at the Baltimore harbor.

1926 – Bee Brand Sesqui-centennial

1937 – New “Tea House Tea” trademark was developed.   New metal containers developed for spice line, one of the packaging changes that won seven national packaging awards for McCormick in the next two years.

1941 – The big “Mc” became a trademark for nearly all U.S. products

1971 – McCormick Division expanded operations by opening its Hunt Valley Plant.

1990 – A subsidiary of Hanson Industries sold its interest in the OLD BAY brand of products to McCormick. OLD BAY is now sold in both retail and food service size packages.

1999 – McCormick stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Check out part of our spice tin collection at BAHOUKAS: