While the boss was away…

the wife would play!

Well, that’s not exactly how it works. While George visited family in Montana, Barbara put her ‘shoulder to the wheel’ and began to clean and organize. The following photos don’t do the items justice (glassware is a bit challenging):

pink depression glass

Betty (one of our steady ‘volunteers’) wanted a bit of ‘pink’ near the counter. The above pink depression glass is much more beautiful when you stop by the shop to see it. We also had a great suggestion from one of our ‘regulars’ – the pink depression glass is stunning on a navy blue tablecloth!

beautiful leaded and art glass

These wonderful shades of green are absolutely stunning. There are some amazing pieces that are waiting for you! Just one could add a dash of class to your holiday decor.

glass serving trays and more

These glass plates can be used to serve nearly everything from delectable chocolates to a vegetable and dip. Wonderful macarons from Les Petits Bisous would be perfect!

Covered serving dishes and other items for your holiday decor
plus some mixers to help in the preparation.

The white covered serving dishes above would make a great dish for those yummy and much anticipated holiday dishes – mashed potatoes or a green bean casserole. YUM! There are many fine items throughout the shop to add a bit of eye appeal to your holiday festivities. Add your favorite recipes to fill the dishes and you’ll have some very happy family and visitors.

Stop by and see how many items have been brought to life with the elbow grease and determination of Barbara. She loves showing off the great collections at Bahoukas Antique Mall. of course, there’s no end to this task. So we encourage you to stop in frequently as more items are cleaned, shined, organized and readied for your holidays!

Be sure to stop by and say “hi” to George. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya.

Stereoscopes to Virtual Reality

Stereoscopes, Viewmasters, Nintendo, X-box and More…

Recently a young teen came into the shop sharing his love of playing albums on a record player vs mp3’s. We’re also seeing a re-birth of physical book stores. In that light, we thought we’d share these fun items that some of your kids (and adults) might enjoy and appreciate. 

Of course, it’s not too early to think unusual gifts for the coming holidays!

Many of us have seen the original stereoscope, although it might have been in a museum. But it’s effect on entertainment, education, and even culture was definite. It’s amazing to think that Underwood & Underwood was producing over 25,000 images a day for the stereoscope. (See the quote below)

stereoscope with view cards from 1880-1910, Sawyer Stereoscope Viewmaster from the 1950s, modern 3D Viewmaster

Claims that there was a stereoscope in every parlor in America came as early as the 1860s (Darrah, 2), but in their second wave of popularity in the 1880s-1910s, the availability of stereographs could be quantified: Underwood & Underwood, one of the three major stereographic companies in this period, produced over 25,000 images per day (Darrah, 47), and an estimated 300 million stereographs were issued between 1854 to 1920 (Wadja, 112). Selling at six for a dollar, most stereographs captured the interest of middle class consumers, but a few companies catered to the working class, providing similar views at 3 cents a piece or 85 cents per 100 (DeLeskie, 69). Found in drugstores, distributed through mail-order catalogs, given away as premiums by cereal and tea companies, and canvassed cross-country by college students (including a young Carl Sandburg), it is no wonder that many scholars consider the stereoscope as the first mass photographic medium prior to cinema or television (see Trachtenberg, Reading, 17).     from xroads.Virginia.edu

Imagine learning about the wonders of the world, feeling like you were there, as you viewed the scenes in a stereoscope! There was a lot of promise. But, as you know, progress moves on and photographs, movies, and television replaced these viewers. But many saw great promise in connecting humanity at the time!

IN HIS WRITINGS ABOUT the stereoscope, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. was what we would now call a tech-utopian. He declared that the stereoscope would become “the card of introduction to make all mankind acquaintances.”   from BostonGlobe.com

The modern day viewmaster can still be fasinating to young children, although I’m afraid they’re now learning to ‘swipe’ rather than click the change lever. Here’s a link to a great history of our modern day view-masters.

If you’re curious as to how 3D-glasses work today (and in the movies), you may want to check out THIS LINK.

Electronic and Computer Consoles/Games

Then we moved to the beginning of electronic games in the 1970s. Many will remember their first Atari or Nintendo video games. and Sega games. In the 1990s Playstation was introduced along with the original X-Box. These links are all courtesy of Wikipedia.

NOTE: If you saw our FB question, the answer to SEGA is that originally the company provided coin-operated slot machines to U.S. bases that were called “Service Games,” later becoming SEGA! Who knew?

At Bahoukas Antique Mall you’ll be able to find some of the games for the above game stations. Stop in and see if we have one you’ve been looking for.

Atari, Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Playstation and X-box games at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace, MD

Of course, if you’re a real techie, then you may want to visit the following article on CNET about Virtual Reality, 360 viewing, 3-D, augmented reality and more. ENJOY!

Stop in soon… yes we will be watchin’ for ya!

Bring some color inside

…with salt cellars and plants

vintage salt cellars
Vintage and Collectible Salt Cellars

We have a wonderful collection of salt cellars and small bottles that are absolutely perfect for creating a little ‘life’ in your fall and holiday decor.

Small Bottles…

Consider adding a wee bit of soil or moss to the bottom of an exquisite cut glass salt cellar, then adding a tiny plant. There are even small bulbs that can root in one of these.

Shades of blue and clear glass bottles - beautiful on a window sill - Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Just a small grouping of our collection of old bottles

In the bottles, add a bit of water and a sprig of ivy to create a bit of ‘life’ on a shelf or table.

Here’s a beautiful example from The Farmhouse Project

… even dried flowers

You can also add some wonderful dried flowers – a stalk or two of lavender for example – to add a beautiful bit of nature to your decor.

The whimsy of summer flowers in a variety of collectble, colored jars at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Visit The Glitter Guide for 3 beautiful ways to decorate with dried flowers and bottles.

beautiful containers with simple dried additions
make for a simple statement

Here at Bahoukas Antique Mall we have a variety of salt cellars, tiny dishes, tea cups, bottles (large and small) and even planters to help you bring a bit of the outdoors in. And yes, We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

We Need the Rain!

… and a perfect day for reading!

Children's Classic books - assortment available at Bahoukas
Books you may remember – fun for the young people in your life!
Hardy Boys Classics
Hardy Boys Series
Golden books and more make wonderful children's gifts for the holidays! They can be found at Bahoukas.
Even more Golden Books for all ages…

Books are a great way to enjoy a rainy day … or just curl up and read for the fun of it. At Bahoukas Antique Mall we have a surprising number of books in nearly every category. Stop in and discover for yourself that book you’ve always wanted to read!

20 volume set of World's Greatest Literature by Spencer Press available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace
World’s Great Literature
world of cookbooks available at Bahoukas Antique Mall
World of Cookbooks and more…
Military books and more at Bahoukas Antique Mall
Military books
Collectible Comics Books at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace
Maybe you can’t convince a young one to read a book! But you might
get them started by having them read a comic!

Don’t forget we carry the Pulaski Saga series by Robert F. Lackey. It starts with Pulaski’s Canal and the setting is our very own Susquehanna Lock House! Book six recently released: Serpent’s Compromise. And continues through book seven: Despot’s Heel, coming out in November!

And yes – we’ll be watchin’ for ya! Stop in soon and we’ll help you find a book you’ll enjoy at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum!

Beer Steins and more

Just in time for Oktoberfest!

Beautiful steins to keep your summer beer cold
A selection of our Beer Steins – just in time for Oktoberfest

Small steins, big steins, possibly even a ‘musical’ stein…yes, Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum has many beer steins and other brewmania available to add some real ‘interest’ to your Oktoberfest celebrations!

CLICK HERE for other posts about our BREWMANIA!

No matter what you might be looking for, we probably have something that fits! Celebrate this Saturday’s OKTOBERFEST at Hutchins Park from noon til 7. That’s October 12, 2019!

Collecting Old License Plates

Just how many do you have?

Automobile, Motorcycle, and Bicycle License Plates!

Do you have a barn, garage, or man cave overflowing with your old license plate collection? Or maybe you would LOVE to start your own collection!

At Bahoukas, we can help.

First, did you know that there is a club ALPCA – Automobile License Plate Collectors Association – that has been active since 1954. Check this out from their website:

Since 1954, our organization has been dedicated to the promotion of license plate collecting and research, the exchange of information and plates, and the fraternal benefits of sharing a common interest with others throughout the world.

We are the largest license plate collectors organization in the world. ALPCA currently has 2,957 members from 50 states and 19 countries.

Our annual international conventions are typically attended by nearly 500 collectors

Have you heard about the man with a collection of 7,000+ license plates? READ THIS ARTICLE and imagine a garage with that many license plates!

If someone you love has created a license plate collection that threatens your home, maybe you would just love to find a way to decorate with some of them. We have a video to share. Just think, you could have your amazing collection and any duplicates could be used by someone “living with them” to create a great craft project. (Hey, we’re trying to help here!)

No matter how you enjoy old license plates. We encourage you to stop in and see what we have that might fit your collection (or that new craft idea)! You can be sure, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Ship Models at Bahoukas

Come by and peek in our front window. We have a beautiful display of model ships at Bahoukas Antique Mall.

Sailing ships and more…

No matter what you’re looking for, we have some fine ship models available.
Another view from inside the window.
Someone’s collection would love one of these ship models.

These ship models are just a taste of what we have in our store. We have some very LARGE models as well. Love ships? Stop in and see if we have the perfect model to add to your own decor or possibly to give as a gift. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Fall is in the air…

Biking, hiking, trail rides and hayrides beckon us!

Motorcycle models at Bahoukas Antique Mall
For yourself or to give as a gift this, we have some fun Motorcycle Models!

Yes, the fall brings out that feeling of “We have to get outdoors before the snows come!” Now, we know you can’t ride these since they’re just models of motorcycles. But we also know they’d look great on your collection shelf or as a gift for someone special this holiday season.

motorcycle models
Harley Davidson Motor Cycle models / Hot Wheels
A wonderful variety of Harley Davidson Motorcycle Models

Stop in soon and see what we have to offer. Pick one or two before they’re gone. Then keep on rollin’ down that highway, whether on a real bike – or in your mind. Safe travels! And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Keys and Locks

We’ve heard it said that “Locks don’t keep the thief out. They know how to open locks. Locks keep the morale person from being tempted.”

Variety of locks including RR locks (B& O, PARR, Southern Rio Grand Pacific, a showcase lock and even handcuffs
Wonderful variety of locks and keys at Bahoukas Antiques

We’ve posted several items related to locks and keys. Consider these links:
Above photo: CLICK HERE Below: CLICK HERE

skeleton keys at Bahoukas
Some are looking for the key to open a chest or a door.
Others just love collecting skelton keys.

The above links share interesting tidbits about padlocks, master locks, and skeleton keys. Take a peek, the stop by and see these items for yourself. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Celebrate Vintage Tools

Visit Steppingstone Farm Museum …

for their Fall Festival –
Saturday & Sunday, Sept 28-29

As you recover from this past weekend’s amazing weather, we know you’re already thinking of what to do next weekend. We share these ideas – a visit to Steppingstone Farm Museum for their Fall Festival. Then stop in and see what we have available in vintage tools. Of course, we have thousands of square feet of other items …

antique and vintage tools for the craftsman
Vintage tools including planers, ice tongs, and more

CLICK THIS LINK for a variety of vintage tools that we have. Then visit us at Bahoukas Antique Mall for amazing vintage tools. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Miscellaneous collectible tools
Miscellaneous vintage tools

Collectible Invalid Feeders

Any nurses on your holiday gift list?

Or possibly other medical personnel who collect antiquities of their trade. Or maybe you just like to have unique items, we call ‘conversation pieces,’ on your table or shelf.

… an “invalid feeder” which was often found in many homes late in the 19th into the 20th century. They were used to facilitate the feeding of invalids. A liquid or semi-soft food was placed in the feeder and the spout was then placed in the person’s mouth. In the movie “The English Patient” the use of a feeder was shown in a brief flashback.

from AAHN website

Also known as Pap Boats, Invalid Feeders were used throughout the 19th century and well into the 20th century to aid in the feeding of patients that were too weak to feed themselves and in feeding infants. The use of invalid and infant feeders was much more popular in Europe than in the United States. A mixture called Pap, consisting of flour, bread, and water was mixed together to creat a gruel that was fed to the patient. Typically, the feeders were made of ceramic and colorfully decorated, with some shaped like animals for feeding children. Some early Invalid Feeders were made out of sterling silver or clear glass.

from Edward Hand Medical Museum

Next time you’re watching a movie from Victorian Era through WWI, keep an eye out for a nurse using an invalid feeder. It adds a little fun to your movie night.

Bahoukas received a beautiful collection of invalid feeders. Some are very plain, others are quite exquisite. One or two of them look like they were especially made for children.

Stop in and take a peek. Yep, we’ll be watching for ya!

Political Buttons

Did you know George Washington had them?

On April 30th, 1789, George Washington made history, becoming the first president of the United States. Soon after being sworn in, George Washington’s inauguration as president inspired enterprising craftsmen to make and sell a variety of commemorative buttons with patriotic designs.

from MountVernon.org

Well, we don’t have any of these ‘very collectible’ pins, but we do have quite a collection of our own.

local political pins from Mayor Phil Barker’s Collection

Collecting pins are fun and colorful! Which ones do YOU collect? Stop by and see if we have a couple that might be worth of our collection. And, of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collectible Medical Tins & Bottles

Medical Tins and Bottles

Collecting medical tins and bottles is a passion for some. For others, they love it because items are small and look wonderful in a shadow box. Whichever you are, Bahoukas Antique Mall has an interesting collection with labels and advertising.

Sloan’s Liniment and Watkins are recognized names.

Some of the labels will make you laugh, others surprise us that they are still being used today.

Collectible Rx Jars and tins

Just viewing the collection is a conversation starter. Stop by and see it for yourself. In the meantime, we’re here … and yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

The Golden Age of Radio

Collecting Vintage Radios and more…

You may have grown up in the era when families gathered around their radio to listen to the President address the nation (especially Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt), or possibly listen to your favorite baseball team. Many still remember some of the early radio shows from Amos and Andy and Burns and Allen, The Shadow, Popeye, and even Gunsmoke was first a radio show!

The earliest radio programs of the 1920s were largely unsponsored; radio stations were a service designed to sell radio receivers. By the late 1920s, radio had reached critical mass and saturated the market, necessitating a change in business model. The sponsored musical feature soon became most popular program format. Most early radio sponsorship came in the form of selling the naming rights to the program, as evidenced by such programs as The A&P GypsiesChampion Spark Plug HourThe Clicquot Club Eskimos, and King Biscuit Time; commercials as they are known in the modern era were still relatively uncommon and considered intrusive. During the 1930s and 1940s, the leading orchestras were heard often through big band remotes, and NBC’s Monitor continued such remotes well into the 1950s by broadcasting live music from New York City jazz clubs to rural America.

from WIKIPEDI
1941 Philco – 1968 RCA Victor
1963 Arvin – 1940s Zenith

Maybe you remember Kate Smith, or Bob Hope, or even War of the Worlds!

beautiful ARVIN radio
1966 Kensington Solid State Transistor to a Traveler from 1948
and a Craig Radio & Cassette Player 1990s

The history of the radio is very much linked to our country’s history. Radios were used to help us through bad economic times, wars, and more. It was a time when the nation shared the same experience: gathered around their radios and listening to the same news and other programming.

We have floor model radios and a new selection of recently acquired table and portable models. Stop in soon and see how beautiful some of these are. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya.

Art … and Movie Poster

Celebrating the HdG Art Show

It’s not quite the same – movie posters and art shows. But here at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum, we wanted to be sure to show our enthusiasm for the 56th Annual Havre de Grace Art Show sponsored by the Soroptimist International Havre de Grace!

Tropic Zone with Ronald Reagan
and Rhonda Fleming, 1953

Tropic Zone poster
, featuring Ronald Reagan and Rhonda Fleming (1953)

Reagan’s character, Dan McCloud, is an American (described as a “soldier of fortune” in the publicity for the picture’s release who becomes the foreman of a Central American banana plantation. Learning that his employer, Lukats, is corrupt and trying to corner the market, McCloud joins with one of the smaller growers (played by Rhonda Fleming) to organize the workers and stop Lukats’ scheme.

from WIKIPEDIA

Rhonda Fleming was known as the “Queen of Technicolor” and is still loved by many cinephiles. If you’d like to view this movie, we’ve linked to it here.

Blood Alley with John Wayne
and Lauren Bacall is a 1955 film.

Blood Alley poster

A group of oppressed villagers ask a merchant skipper to guide their Chinese ferry to Hong Kong and freedom, but the skipper, a prisoner of the Chinese authorities, must first be sprung from captivity before he can ferry the stolen paddleship. Navigating the treacherous waters, the captain and his strange crew have a gun boat and a destroyer hot on their heels.

from Wikipedia

Tennessee’s Partner 1955 film features John Payne,
Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming and Coleen Gray

Tennessee’s Partner poster

A debonair gambler, Tennessee (John Payne), gets into some trouble in the rough-and-tumble mining town of Sandy Bar, Calif., and it takes the bold action of Cowpoke (Ronald Reagan) to get him out of it. Grateful for Cowpoke’s intrusion, Tennessee does him a huge favor and informs Cowpoke that his fiancée, Goldie (Coleen Gray), is a dastardly gold digger. Cowpoke isn’t pleased with Tennessee’s news and they fight. But Cowpoke comes to the gambler’s aid just when Tennessee needs him the most.

from Google Search

What’s interesting is this movie is actually based on a novel published in 1869!

Tennessee’s Partner is a short story by Bret Harte, first published in the Overland Monthly in 1869, which has been described as “one of the earliest ‘buddy’ stories in American fiction.” It was later loosely adapted into four films.

First printed in California in the Overland Monthly for October 1869, “Tennessee’s Partner” was reprinted the following month in Baltimore, in the New Eclectic Magazine. In 1870 the story was published in a collected volume of Harte’s short stories, printed in Boston, The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Sketches. Reviews of the volume appeared in the Lakeside Monthly, the Atlantic Monthly, and in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, all giving particular mention to “Tennessee’s Partner”. In the same year the story was anthologized in London in George Augustus Sala’s A 3rd Supply of Yankee Drolleries: The Most Recent Works of the Best American Humourists. Thereafter it continued to appear in magazines, such as Boston’s weekly Every Saturday of Jan. 14, 1871, as well as in other anthologies and in collections of Bret Harte’s work.

from Wikipedia

So there you have our addition to this weekend of celebrating the arts. CLICK HERE for the weekend schedule!

Be sure to stop into Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum because you already know, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

What do cigars, shoes, and sausage have in common?

Great Vintage Tools

Cobbler’s Cast Iron Shoe Repair Stands

This set of cobbler’s shoe repair stands would make a very interesting display in the right setting.

Sausage Press/Juice Press

This press has been painted, but it’s really beautiful!

This press isn’t exactly the one we have, but you get the idea.
It’s also been powder-coated for durability and looks amazing!

A unique cigar press

A small cast iron cigar press.

How’s it Done?
Creating cigars, as you may know, is a process that takes months and even years. After our sweet tobacco leaves are primed from the fields, they are sorted, cured, fermented, sorted again, and bunched. It is here that we differ from the regular cigar and get into box-press. Once ‘bunched’, the filler is rolled in its binder; a standard cigar will be pressed into shape in a mold and this will be its final shape. The molds are stacked sometimes 25 high for an allotted time. The stacking allows for pressure to be distributed evenly. From here the cigar is trimmed and paired with its wrapper. Where box-pressing differs is the compression methods used to make the iconic square shape. Box-pressing is only ever done on a stronger leaf; a broadleaf wrapper is far too delicate to withstand the pressing process.

Standard Box-Pressing
This method is very similar to pressing your regular cigar. Once the screaming newborn stogie has its wrapper, it’s snugly placed in its box, while multiple boxes are stacked and placed on a manually controlled press with just enough pressure to form a tight seal and avoid breakage.

from Famous-Smoke.com
How and why to box press a cigar

So as you see, here at Bahoukas Antique Mall, you just never know what you’ll find. Stop by soon and see these unique vintage tools for yourself. Great collectibles, unique items, and definitely conversation starters! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Celebrating Apollo Big 50!

And we have a few ‘souvenirs’ at Bahoukas!

This is a log from the Apollo 12 Lunar Mission.

Pete Conrad and Al Bean stepped onto the moon’s surface during Apollo 12 mission.
(The photo is from Apollo 11 – Neil Armstrong)

Signed by Sprio Agnew< Vice President in 1969

Throughout 2019 there have been a number of celebrations for Nasa’s Apollo Program. Here’s the link to that calendar.
CLICK HERE ENJOY!

1st Day Cover stamp 1969
CLICK HERE for the link to facts about Apollo 12 Mission

Who wouldn’t love this patch! It’s in excellent condition. Stop in soon and take a peek at these amazing souvenirs! Yes – yes – yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

When was the last time YOU played Croquet?

We’ve got just what you need!

beautiful croquet set

These sets are sturdy, older sets. This one with the blue stand is missing the two stakes. But a couple heavy dowels would probably work just fine.

A closer view of the mallets.
This set is complete. Another great, vintage croquet set.

When was the last time you grabbed family and/or friends for a pleasant game in your own yard. Easy to set-up and just about everyone can play.

A closer look at the mallets.

Maybe you don’t remember how to play. Oh, no, that couldn’t possibly be true!!! If so, we’ve included a video to explain the rules. Easy. Peasy.

So there you have it! We’ve found the rules – takes a whole 10 minutes and you’re ready to play. Grab the kids or the family next door. Get outdoors for some great weather this weekend. And enjoy a game that will probably be good for a few laughs at the very least. Have fun.

And yes, we’re at the shop. And we’ll be watchin’ for ya!