Pabst Collectibles and Kathryn Asher

Havre de Grace Distributing Company, a wholesale beer and wine distributor from 1944-1993

Picture given to Kathryn Asher from Pabst for the

Kathryn Asher was well known in Havre de Grace as a woman managing a beer and wine distributorship in a time when women managers were still unusual – in the wine and beer industry, probably even more rare. But as the following paragraph states, she also was very active in the community.

She was born in Havre de Grace, MD to the late Arthur P.G. Asher and Ada May Keen on December 28, 1918. She graduated from Havre de Grace High School in 1935 and attended the Baltimore Business College and University of Baltimore. She was a devoted member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where she taught Sunday school. She was a Charter member and Charter President of the Harford County/Havre de Grace Soroptimist Club. She managed the family owned business, Havre de Grace Distributing Company, a wholesale beer and wine distributor from 1944-1993. Kathryn J. Asher died on Sept. 11, 2005 at the age of 86.                             …from the Cecil Whig Newspaper Obituaries

Listen to George share a bit of knowledge and some items he acquired following her death and, more recently, the family’s efforts to sell the building.

 

Closer view of the picture given to Kathryn Asher for Pabst Sales by Pabst

An advertising piece for Pabst used as a chalkboard to write specials/menu items.

 

The above picture is NOT for sale. It is a part of the collection in the Bahoukas Beer MuZeum as part of the city’s history.

 

But this great chalkboard (on the left) is available. It was a promotional piece used to write the days specials in a bar.

 

Two other great pieces are shown below.

One is a huge metal advertising sign  – probably 4′ x 8′.

The other is a banner about 4′ x 5′. We’ve been trying to figure out if the black woman is possibly a famous singer. Does anyone out there in cyber space know? If so, be sure to tell us.

 

 

 

Large metal advertising signage for Pabst from the old Havre de Grace Beer & Wine Distributorship available at Bahoukas

4' x 5' Banner with a black woman advertising Pabst Blue Ribbon, available at Bahoukas Antiques and Beer MuZeum in Havre de Grace, MD

Here’s the mural that was originally painted on the building. It has since been painted over.

Wall mural that was originally on the side of the Beer Distributor building owne by the Asher Family in Havre de Grace

Join in our search for ghosts!

Have you noticed the little boy ghost who has a favorite sailboat?

George shares the story of the little boy ghost and his favorite sailboat at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace MD

George shares a brief story of the little boy who got really upset when George moved the sailboat behind the counter. George was trying to keep it so it wouldn’t be sold, but the little boy was not entirely pleased. Listen to the audio:

Do you want to join the “Dead of Night” Paranormal Investigators and experience the not-so-visible folks who share the store at Bahoukas? A great evening is being scheduled. Don’t miss this event. If we’re lucky, we’ll have so many folks, we’ll need to schedule another night or two. These investigators have been here before and we had a great evening. Are you up to it? Ready to see, hear, or feel the quiet (or maybe not so quiet) inhabitants that hang around the shop? Here are the details. Call George ASAP to be included or to find out if he’ll have another date available.

A poster for the Dead of Night Paranormal Investigators visiting Bahoukas on March 25, 2017

Icy Ball – not what you’re thinking!

EARLY REFRIGERATION 1920s-1930s

George demonstrates how the 1920s Icy Ball Refrigeration worked at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

This Icy Ball (which weighs nearly 40 pounds) was used for refrigeration in the 1920s. It was manufactured by the Crosley Radio Corporation. It was actually a pretty amazing piece of equipment. Listen to George explain how it was used.

In addition, we found this interesting post where Aberdeen Proving Ground did some testing on this concept as late as 1974! This particular Icy Ball was actually used by the Pitcock Brothers in this very building back in the day! Want to know more about how it works? Check out this photo!

Bahoukas in Havre de Grace not only has the instructions, but has the actual Icy Ball available!

FASCINATING!