Art, History, and Canning Labels

Unique Ways to Use Old Canning Labels

original and reproduction canning labels at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

While sorting some items in the shop, we realized that our reproduction canning labels are truly beautiful. Most are $5 each and we can order more and get them back in a day. (We also have some ‘original, collectible, canning labels if you desire those. Priced a bit higher.)

decoupage old canning labels from Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Anyway, check out the artwork. WOW! The photos don’t do justice to how great these actually look. (We took photos through a vinyl covering.)

 

Could you imagine decoupaging some of these beautiful canning labels for unique kitchen decor!

Beautiful. Oh, not sure what decoupage is:

Decoupage or Découpage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements. Commonly, an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers.  from Wikipedia

 

CLICK HERE for the link for some great ideas.

fun with decoupage using canning labels from Bahoukas Antique Mall

 

Here are even more wonderful ideas and directions for decoupage from The Spruce Crafts website. CLICK HERE

beautiful art can be found in old canning labels from Bahoukas

Check out this basic how-to-do-it decoupage video to inspire you to give it a try:

 

 

Still not sure?  CLICK HERE for more ideas.

decoupage using old canning labels from Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Look around. You can create beautiful coasters, cover a cutting board or that wood knife holder on your counter, a tray (metal or wood), cupboard doors, jars, and more. Beautiful, unique, and truly your own! Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall today and plan your holiday gift or creative decor items. We’ll be watchin’ for ya! 

Mirror – Mirror

Reflections – real or perceived?

We all recognize “Mirror, mirror on the wall…”

But have you really stepped into Bahoukas Antique Mall and looked for all the mirrors we have? The variety and sizes are many. From a small child’s music box mirror to a huge, full-length mirror, and everything in between!  The shapes are oval and rectangle. They’re found on the wall or atop a beautiful chest of drawers. You really have to stop by and check them out. I’m sure we’ve not found them all. And yes, as always, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Welcome to August! Enjoy the final weeks of summer!

Cowboys and Tigers and more…oh my

National Day of the Cowboy

John Wayne collectible plates and more at Bahoukas to Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy

Holiday Insights gives us a wonderful definition of National Day of the Cowboy celebrated on the 4th Saturday of July:

National Day of the Cowboy was created in 2005 to preserve the role and contributions cowboys and cowgirls made to the western heritage and history of our country. Every year on this day, the NDOC gives recognition awards to individuals, organizations and projects that contribute to the preservation of both pioneer history, and the promotion of cowboy culture.

Shortly after the Civil War, cowboys and cowgirls began to appear in America’s heartland and the wild west. They were largely ranchers and ranch hands, raising cattle, horses and other animals. Cowboys herded them across the plains to feed the animals, and ultimately to slaughterhouses to feed a growing American population.

It was a wild and often lawless time. In the absence of the rule of law, Cowboys developed their own code to live by, known as the “Cowboy Code of Conduct” or the “Cowboy Code of Ethics”. They were simple and logical rules of behavior. The rules could readily apply at any time, even today.

Consider this wonderful Cowboy Code of Honor:

  • Live each day with honesty and courage.
  • Take pride in your work. Always do your best.
  • Stay curious. Study hard and learn all you can.
  • Do what has to be done and finish what you start.
  • Be tough, but fair.
  • When you make a promise, keep it.
  • Be clean in thought, word, deed, and dress.
  • Practice tolerance and understanding of others.
  • Be willing to stand up for what is right.
  • Be an excellent steward of the land and its animals

greatcowboy movie photos used on movie theater billboards at Bahoukas!

Wondering how you might celebrate this special day? Consider these ideas:

      Go to a rodeo, where cowboy skills are on display
       Buy a cowboy hat
       Dress up like a cowboy
       Read a book or article on cowboy and cowgirl history
       Watch a Western movie that features cowboys.

 

 

Then Celebrate International Tiger Day

Collectible Tiger glasses to celebrate International Tiger Day available at Bahoukas

International Tiger Day celebrates tigers, the largest cat on the planet. It is arguably the most beautiful and majestic cat on the planet, too. Love ’em, hate ’em, or just plain scared of them, one must admit that they are indeed a beautiful animal.

At an International Tiger Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the plight of wild tigers came into full focus.  Over the last century, the world-wild tiger population dropped 97% (not including tigers in zoos). With only an estimated 3,000 tigers left in the wild, they are on the brink of extinction. The drastic population loss was due to several factors, among them was hunting, poaching, and loss of habitat.  This international groups sought raise awareness to the plight of the tiger, and to protect and expand their habitat. Their goals and endeavors, are an international effort.  from Holiday Insights

Tiger by the Tail - a give away from Esso to hook to your antenna - a great collectible from Bahoukas

 There are many things you can do to celebrate this special day. Here are a few ideas:

  Read up about tigers and their loss of population.
  Show your support of groups working to raise awareness and improve their habitat.
  Go the the zoo and see these majestic creatures.
  Make plans to go on a safari, to see tigers in their native habitat.

 

Celebrate these special days with us by dropping into Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum to enjoy the treasure hunt!

We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Typeset – Printer Drawers – Letterpress

an old Bata Shoe advertising plate for typesetting at Bahoukas

Print before we used computers, was a bit more tedious.

With the Chesapeake Printers Fair happening in Havre de Grace this Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 am until 3 pm, we thought you might enjoy a bit of background and some very collectible items available at Bahoukas Antique Mall.

To the left is a plate ready to print designed for a Bata Shoes advertisement.

 

 

 

This photo includes a variety of typeset letters,
numbers, special characters, etc.

 

 

typesetting drawers    

These printers drawers and shelves also make great shadow boxes.

Below is a video from 1959 teaching “How to Set Type”. ENJOY and appreciate as you enjoy the Chesapeake Printers Fair.

And just to add a bit more interest. Along with typesetting, we have some beautiful fountain pens and an artist’s pen set.

Fountain pens and artist's pen set

So, as you enjoy the Chesapeake Printers Fair and the Pyrex Fest both in historic downtown Havre de Grace from 10 am to 3 pm, be sure to stop by and see us at Bahoukas. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Andy Warhol Collected Cookie Jars

What do Little Sprout, Nestle’s Toll House, and Wiley Coyote have in common?

Cookie jars!

Little Sprout, Nestle's Toll House, and Wiley Coyote are just a few of the wonderful collectible cookie jars available at Bahoukas.

Artist Andy Warhol amassed a collection of 175 ceramic cookie jars. These were in a multitude of shapes and figures. Most were purchased at flea markets. Warhol’s collection was featured in a prominent news magazine and sparked an interest in collecting cookie jars. When asked in the 1970s why he pursued the 1930s and 1940s jars, Warhol said simply, “They are time pieces.” At an auction of his apartment’s contents in 1987, Warhol’s collection of cookie jars realized $250,000.

The Brush Pottery Company of Zanesville, Ohio is generally recognized as producing the first ceramic cookie jar.
__from Wikipedia

This comment about cookie jars used for advertising product is interesting:

 Early on, American companies would fill cookie jars with their product and sell the entire container. It was an easy and popular way to promote their brand and product.

The above quote comes from a great article from Antique Trader. Read it for 9 other interesting tips about the history of cookie jars.

Of course, here at Bahoukas Antique Mall we have wonderful collection of cookie jars. Come to think of it, they’re just in time for our upcoming Easter and Spring celebrations. Brighten up your kitchen with a unique, collectible cookie jar. And yes, we’ll be watching for ya!

America’s Native Spirit

Did you know that about Jim Beam?

In 1964, under President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration, Congress declared bourbon “America’s native spirit”. Today, bourbon is recognized around the world as America’s native spirit, led by Jim Beam®, the world’s No. 1 bourbon.

Jim Beam Fox Collectibles at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

Jim Beam decanters and ‘go-withs’ are great collectibles. Most of these pieces have specific histories.

  • Left is the Clown Fox Paperweight Figurine Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey 1980 Regal China
  • Fox Hunt Jim Beam 11th Annual Convention Las Vegas,NV 1981 Die Dice Regal China
  • 1980 JIM BEAM Vintage Decanter Fox on a Dolphin South Florida Club Regal China
  • Vintage Cherry Valley Jim Beam Specialty Club 1979 Fox Girl Bottle 8″ Tall Happy Birthday Regal China
  • Rare Vintage 1980 Jim Beam Convention Sailor Fox Bottle 7″ Tall Regal China

Did you know that just because it’s ‘whiskey’, doesn’t make it ‘bourbon?’

Here are a few facts from their website:

  • Bourbon is kind of like whiskey’s “sweet spot.” Because corn is a sweet grain, the more corn, the sweeter the whiskey—and bourbon needs to be at least 51% corn.
  • In 1964, under President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration, Congress declared bourbon “America’s native spirit”.
  • The only thing that can be added to bourbon is water (and only to bring it down to proof).
  • By law, bourbon must be aged in NEW charred oak barrels.
  • It can’t say “bourbon” on the label if it’s not distilled and aged in the United States. It can’t be “Kentucky Straight Bourbon” unless it’s distilled and aged in Kentucky for at least 2 years. And it can’t say Jim Beam® unless it’s been made by seven generations of one family.

Check out their website for an interesting family business of seven generations. Beautiful story and some really remarkably beautiful decanters and ‘go-withs.’

Yep, stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum for more fascinating Jim Beam collectibles. We’ll be watchin’ for ya.

 

Airline Memorabilia at Bahoukas

Cards and Puppets to Model Planes and Transistor Radios

PanAm transistor radio plane, deck of cards, United Air Lines puppet, TWA pilot wings and more models

Airline Memorabilia is both fun and interesting. In front (l to right) is a Panam 747 friction plane model, a deck of cards, another PAN AM plane with a transister radio, a silverware set from American Airlines and one from United Air plus a TWA fork, pilot wings from TWA, North West, and American Air. In back is a battery-operated Pan Am plane and a United Air Lines puppet.

Tiki Statue from United Airlines Hawaii

 

Looking for even more unique pieces?

Check out the TIKI statue from United Airlines Hawaii.
This piece is in excellent condition!

 

 

Or maybe you love Air India…

‘We call him a Maharajah for want of a better description. But his blood isn’t blue. He may look like royalty, but he isn’t royal.’ These are the words of Bobby Kooka, the man who conceived the Maharajah.

This now familiar lovable figure first made his appearance in Air India way back in 1946, when Bobby Kooka as Air India’s Commercial Director and Umesh Rao, an artist with J.Walter Thompson Ltd., Mumbai, together created the Maharajah.  from The Air India Brand

This quote from the website for Air India shares a good deal of fun information on the development of their brand identities.

Maharajah of Air India

We also found this interesting site for anyone who may want to learn more about Airline Memorabilia. Enjoy!

Welcome to the World Airline Historical Society. We are dedicated to preserving the history of the airlines of the world. Our contributors are experts in all facets of airline memorabilia, and the WAHS sponsors the annual Airliners International™ convention, for over 40 years, the world’s largest airline collectibles show. Access to our current articles and archives is free, all we ask is that you register so we can keep you updated on Airliners International and special events. Welcome and ENJOY!   from World Airline Historical Society Online

As always, we encourage you to visit Bahoukas Antique Mall in historic, downtown Havre de Grace. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!