Collectible Coffee Tins

Antique Coffee Tins are highly collectible…

a display of antique coffee tins

In researching a bit more about collecting coffee tins, we learned some interesting facts. First, that collecting antique coffee tins is second only to collecting tobacco tins. But this excerpt from Collectors Weekly is most interesting:

The widespread practice of packing food in tin cans and containers was a direct result of the public’s acceptance of the Germ Theory of Disease. In the 19th century, many Americans were still willfully oblivious to the breakthrough research of Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch. People were more interested in the pitches of snake-oil salesman and their medicine shows, where cure-all elixirs and exotic balms in medicine bottles were sold. It never occurred to many of these good folk that the best way to be healthy might simply to be clean.

 

  • In the early 1800s, cleanliness was one way for the upper classes to distinguish themselves from the working and lower classes, as only the wealthy had access to water and soap. However, as germ theory became more prevalent during the Victorian Era, it became unacceptable for the working poor to be dirty. Most food was displayed and accessed at the local five-and-dimes in communal food barrels—grimy, germ-infested hands would not do.

These days, people of means tend to dismiss canned or “processed” food as something people without access to fresh food eat. But in the late 1800s, food in tins was highly desirable. It was considered much more sanitary, and therefore healthier, than food offered in bins or barrels.

…from Collectors Weekly

The Vintage Virtue website discusses collecting coffee tins with this introduction:

The coffee tin came into being as long ago as the early 1800’s in a time when most people bought fresh green coffee beans to roast and grind fresh at home. Pre-roasted and packaged coffee became popular much later in the late 1880’s. Over the years, coffee containers were produced in many shapes and sizes; they could be square, cylindrical, rectangular, or trapezoid shaped and ranged in size from one ounce sample tins to large bins holding more than fifty pounds of coffee. Coffee came in boxes and in pails with metal handles and in addition to tin, some containers were made of cardboard and others featured paper labels over tin. The lids also can in a variety of styles that evolved other the years. The early tins had hinged lids or lids that could be pulled off. Later tins were made with pry lids, slip lids, and lids that screwed off and on, these were followed by lids that utilized keys for removal.

… from VintageVirtue.net

The advertising, as in the graphics on the tins, has also made them highly collectible. The graphics became more interesting as companies realized that making the tins reusable with very beautiful graphics added to the appeal for their product. Ah yes…. advertising!

Now that you appreciate a bit more the value of the ‘tin can’ … stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall to see the many collectible tins we have for coffee, tobacco and other products.

Stereoscopes to Virtual Reality

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

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!

Eye Cup or Eye Bath Glass

You may need these today after you enjoy the Eclipse!

eye cup or eye bath glass to refresh your eyes after the eclipse - from Bahoukas in Havre de Grace Maryland

glass eye cups or eye baths date back into the 19th century in the United States, and aluminum examples appeared early in the 20th century. Through the years there have been several devices used to install liquid eye medicines into the eyes for irrigation or treatment, but for use by the patient, the eye cup or eye bath were most popular until eye drops were developed using a screw-capped top provided with a plastic collar and a rubber unit carrying a glass dropper and a rubber teat. To use the eye cup, the patient applied it to the eye with the head bowed forward, threw the head back with the eye open, ensured lavage of the eye by blinking several times and then removed the cup with the head once more bowed forward.     … Dr. Richard Cannon

Of course you know that you DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN during today’s eclipse! If you do, then you obviously have not been connected to any media in the past couple months!

These very collectible eye cups can be used as easily today as they were used in the 19th century. A warm eye wash will relieve irritated eyes tired from reading, watching too much tv, or working on your computer. A wash can also be used to quickly remove irritating or hazardous chemicals in the eye. Naturally, we recommend that you consult with a doctor or other medical establishment. But the eye cup easily fits around the outside of the eye. When you tilt your head back, the refreshing wash easily works by just blinking your eye a few times.

If you need one of these great items, stop in today. If you just like the look of these little cups, they can be added to a collection, used for a tiny flower, or even in a shadow box. Stop in we’ll be open all day!

Printer’s Trays – yesterday and today

Did you ever wonder why there are so many layouts of printer’s trays?

Old printer's trays often used for shadow boxes today, available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace MD

These amazing vintage printer’s trays are sturdy and beautiful pieces of wood in their own right. Today they are often used for shadow boxes where folks put a variety of ‘collectibles’ in them and usually hang them on the wall. We might add it’s a great way to keep those smaller collectibles together and add a beautiful display piece to your home or office.

But are you aware that they were used to hold the letters for the old letterpress. Well, we say ‘old’ with the exception that Letterpress has become popular again. Just ask Glyph’s in Havre de Grace. Beautiful cards, stationary, and posters are being created today using the Letterpress.

But have you ever wondered why there are so many different layouts. CLICK HERE for some history and also CLICK HERE to read a bit of how they’re being used with a Letterpress today.

Here’s a beautiful assortment of ways to use the old printer’s trays in Pinterest. Gorgeous. Do a search and you’ll thousands of ways to use these old printer’s trays. Enjoy!

When you discover items at Bahoukas Antique Mall, ask George about it. He always has a few tips about the amazing collectibles in his shop.

Beautiful Decoys in All Sizes

Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace, Maryland brings a wonderful variety of decoys to you!

decoys in all sizes available at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace, Maryland

Decoys are beautiful. They can be simple and primitive or amazingly artistic! Here, at Bahoukas, we have a wonderful variety of decoys to match every budget and every style. Stop by and see them for yourself. From miniatures to very collectible full-size decoys, we would love to show you our selection. Stop in soon!

1858 map Harford County and 1803 map referencing Harmers Town

Harford County 1858 Map

1858 Harford County Maryland street map published by Jennings & Herrick

This map was published by Jennings & Herrick entirely from original surveys. It includes an inset of Havre de Grace Streets. (yep, we know it’s upside down. It is so fragile that we didn’t want it to tear,)

better photo of 1858 Harford Co map

Posted above is a better photo from Herrick, L. W. A map of Harford Co., Maryland, 1858. [Philadelphia?, Jennings & Herrick, 1858] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, website. (Accessed July 12, 2017.)

George also has an 1803 map regarding “Harmers Town as established by the concerned parties in the year 1796”

Made from tracings from the original maps in the clerks office at Bel Air, Nov. 1803. Below are some great snapshots of the map

1803 map re: Harmers Town (later Havre de Grace)

Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall to view many historic pieces related to Havre de Grace history. Many are not for sale, but George has plenty of stories to make it worth your while. Of course, we have 9,000 sq ft of antiques and collectibles plus another 2,200 sq ft of browsing in the Beer MuZeum (and yes, most of this IS for sale). We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

 

When Was The Last Time You Phoned Home!

Jimmy Vancherie Shared A Story About the Havre de Grace Switchboard

reproduction of a famous painting titled "The Operator" to honor switchboard operators.

(Apologies for the blurry photo – no matter what we did, we either got blur or reflection!)

Jimmy told George years ago that his mom was a switchboard operator and the service was located on the 2nd floor of the old Post Office Building (where JoRetro is located) on the corner of Franklin and Union.

Now you knew that Bahoukas Antique Mall would certainly have a unique line of antique and collectible phones to complete this piece of history. Check these out (and they work!):

This is a beautiful phone. It’s a Western Electric “Stowaway” – it’s in a most beautiful wooden case and has a retractable cord on the phone. It’s from the 70s and talk about ‘stylish’! WOW! This piece is beautiful. You have to stop in and see it.

Western Electric Stowaway phone - beautiful wood case - at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Inside the case of the Western Electric Stowaway phone from the 70s at Bahoukas.

Then check out this unique phone. It’s almost a piece of sculpture. It’s an Ericsson, made in Sweden. The dial pad is on the bottom.

            the clean, artsy look of the Ericsson phone, made in Sweden

The next phones are a Bell System 1940s dial phone (on the left) and a Princess Style Phone from the 70s on the right. The color of the Princess Phone is rare.

        

Of course, we can’t ignore the wonderful working reproduction of the Candlestick phone with dial pad. And we encourage you to “Phone Home” just like E.T.

Did you know about the switchboard operator that worked on the 2nd floor of the old Post Office building? Anyone in cyber-land have any stories to add? Stop in one day soon at Bahoukas and share your stories with George.

A. P. McCombs – Havre de Grace

“The Pink House” – Havre Iron Company
and The Havre Republican Newspaper

Bond from Havre Iron Works at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace, MD

This bond was signed on January 1, 1879. The following are the signatures of A.P. McCombs, President, and the Secretary, E. Mortimer Bye.

Signature of A.P. McCombs - Havre Iron Works

   Signature of E. Mortimer Bye, Havre Iron Works

These items can be seen at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum.

A.P. McCombs built the grand Victorian Home located at 120 S. Union Avenue in Havre de Grace. This beautiful home is well-known in the area as “The Pink House.” You won’t miss it! Click the link below to read the pdf and learn more about this building from the Maryland Historic Trust document with photos.

HA-1171-APMcCombs

In addition, A.P. McCombs built the building on the east side of N. Union Ave – corner of Union and Franklin – 467 Franklin, which at one time was used for the U.S. Post Office. JoRetro is now located there! Click the link to the JoRetro site to view photos of the building! (It’s also a wonderful shop to visit while you’re in town!)

From 1868-1881, A.P. McCombs & Son published a weekly newspaper, The Havre RepublicanThe clip below is from Pettengill’s Newspaper Directory and Advertisers’ Hand-Book for 1878:

Needless to say, A.P. McCombs left a legacy in Havre de Grace. Stop in and chat with George, he’s a wealth of information and the most interesting tidbits about Havre de Grace!

 

WhoZwhatsIts #3

Wasp Catcher? Candle Holder? Breast Milk Catcher?

These are some of the guesses we’ve had for this unique item.

Do you know what this is? Another great WhoZwhatsIts from Bahoukas Antiques

WhoZwhatsits # 3 is about 3″ wide and 1″ deep. It has a hole in the top with
about a 5/8th inch opening. Have you figured it out yet?

Another view of WhoZwhatsIts #3 from Bahoukas.

A tiny dish with a big task…

It’s a Vintage Ant Trap!!!!!

You see, you just never know what we might find at Bahoukas! Stop in soon and see what treasure you might discover!

How Does the USS Maine Connect to Jones Bazaar?

 It’s truly amazing what bits of Havre de Grace History show up on the counter at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum.

The US Battleship “Maine” is an American naval ship that sank in Havana Harbor during the Cuban revolt against Spain, an event that became a major political issue in the United States. The Spanish–American War began in April 1898, two months after the sinking. Advocates of the war used the rallying cry, “remember the Maine! To Hell with Spain!”     ___from Wikipedia

This trade card offers the painting of the U.S. Battleship Maine sailing along the coastline, by Fetherston. On bottom right reads: Copyright 1898 by M.F. Tobin, U.S.V. Navy, New York. Measures framed 16 1/2″ high by 24 1/4″ wide by 1″ deep. Visual 8 3/4″ high by 16″ wide. It includes a small portrait of Capt. Charles Sigsbee (top right) and includes the artist’s signature (bottom left).

Below are close ups of Capt. Charles Sigsbee, the title, and the artist’s signature:

 

  

Here’s the LINK to the personal narrative of the sinking of the “Maine” from Capt. Sigsbee.

CLICK HERE for an excellent piece titled “The Painting on the Wall” by Dean James Stavridis, a retired Navy Admiral, regarding the US Battleship Maine. It’s a different artist’s painting, but the thoughts from a 2013 perspective are interesting.

What’s truly unique is the back of the piece is stamped with “Jones Bazaar” offering China, Glass, Queensware and so much more… right here in Havre de Grace. Listen to that audio for the story of how George received this amazing piece and what he learned of Jones Bazaar!

 

on back of the tradecard of the USS Maine is this reference to Jones Bazaar in Have de Grace MD

Stop in and chat with George … you’re sure to learn something unique and fun!

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!

Jewelry – always a perfect gift

Jewelry that just arrived is sure to be picked up quickly.

beautiful jewelry pieces just arrived at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Another photo that doesn’t do justice to these jewelry pieces. Included in this selection is:

  • a gorgeous cameo pin with a diamond, excellent condition
  • 1934 – 10k gold ring from MD Institute
  • Beautiful vintage pierced earrings by Stamper and Black Hills Gold.
    10k gold with rose gold and green gold leaves, yellow gold vines
    AMAZINGLY they perfectly match the beautiful
  • Lorus quartz ladies watch, gold band with leaves that coordinate with
    earrings mentioned above
  • 1896 Time King pocket watch, 21 jewel, works, from New Columbus

    In late 1894, the 18-size 21-jewels Time King grade was introduced for railroad service, adjusted to temperature, positions, and isochronism.

Stop in to see them… a perfect gift, an exquisite stocking stuffer, and a sure-fire ‘thank you’ for your thoughtfulness. Hurry in today!

 

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Gifts for the Military Enthusiasts

Civil War through Viet Nam Military Collectibles

Civil War to Viet Nam Military Memorabilia at Bahoukas

This photo does not do justice to the items available in this case of Military Collectibles. Civil War photo, Civil War shooter’s glasses (sun glasses), 1880s American-Indian War Kepi, WWII bayonet and so very much more. If this is your passion, stop in and see what other treasure you may find in this case. George would love to show you!

This amazing piece is beautiful

It’s a tool – it’s a beautiful piece of work.wallpaper cutter - beautiful piece - Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

This photo does not do justice to this beautiful piece of machinery. It’s a wallpaper cutter. It most likely still works. But it’s so beautiful, I’d clean it up and find a display area for it. Stop in and give it a look! It’s really  a wonderful piece of simple machinery!

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#3 Vintage Tools

Holiday Gifting #3 will bring a hug from the one who loves antique/vintage tools

Vintage tools - early 30s - Bahouks

Left to Right: Wood block Planer, Shoulder Drill – allows you to put more force into what you’re drilling, Pipe Wrench (Monkey Wrench) and a Draw Knife – used to take bark off trees to use the logs in building log cabins.

This is a beautiful selection of tools. They will surely make someone VERY happy that you found them. Whether it’s a collector who wants to display them or someone who wants to work with them, The receiver of this gift will warm you with hugs!

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From Gnomes to Ethan Allen

… with Viko Baumritter mid-century modern inbetween…

Viko was the Baumritter Corporation’s modern line, which was produced in the 1950s and 1960s. There were only around 150 pieces in the modern line. Many of the upholstered pieces had reversible cushions.*

Viko Baumritter mid-century modern chairs at Bahoukas Antique Mall
Viko Was The Modern Furniture Line of Baumritter Furniture, produced in the 1950s and 60s. Baumritter renamed themselves “Ethan Allen”. Baumritter’s goal was to reinvest their profits and by 1962 the company had 14 furniture factories out East. Later that year Baumritter acquired Kling Factories, Inc. with 3 factories near Jamestown, NY. Kling had a line of 150 steel-furniture pieces which supplemented the Ethan Allen line.*

If you love this furniture, you may appreciate the following information about the company:

Baumritter Corporation

Theodore Baumritter and his brother-in-law Nathan C. Ancell started a housewares company in 1932, making plaster gnomes, trellises and garden swings. Three years later, they paid $25,000 for a bankrupt furniture factory in Beecher Falls, Vermont, and began manufacturing furniture. In 1939 the company introduced a line of “Early American” furniture they called Ethan Allen.

By 1962, Baumritter and Ancell owned 14 furniture factories in the East. By the middle of the 1960’s, the Baumritter Corporation had the largest group of furniture in the world, with a 1,600-piece line to choose from. They also had stores by that time in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Australia, and Canada. In 1970, Baumritter retired, and Ancell took over the company. In 1972, The Baumritter Corporation officially changed its name to Ethan Allen Industries.*hassock fan by kenmore at Bahoukas

 

The hassock fan by Kenmore actually works. There’s plenty of info and even a few videos on youtube. It’s a perfect piece to go with your Viko Baumritter chairs!

*taken from nytimes.com and fundinguniverse.com

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Califone Still Exists

Rheem Califone 1430B

Rheem Califone 1430b 4-speed record player at Bahoukas AntiquesWe have another great record player to add to our list. If you’re following the trend, you may be interested in this gem. It’s a 4-speed phonograph player that was principally used in schools! That’s right – 4 speed – 33-45-78 and 16 rpms!!! And George has a 16 rpm record available!

It still works and came out of McCormick Elementary School in Baltimore County. Amazingly, this company, found in 1947, still exists. Here’s a bit of info from their website:

Califone International History

Califone® International, Inc. has been a leader since 1947 in the design, development and manufacturing of audio/visual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education and presentation settings. Simply stated, Califone is your powerful sound presentation solutions provider!…

Since its inception in 1946 as the educational products division of Robert Metzner’s Roberts Electronics – which manufactured state-of-the-art consumer audio components and, was the first U.S. company to offer a reel-to-reel tape recorder and solid state radio tuners to the general public – Califone has been on the leading edge of technology for educational applications. Over the years, Califone has received many engineering design patents for product innovations.

That’s pretty amazing. It also gives you an idea of the quality of their units.

In this article from 2015, we get a bit of insight as to why vinyl has found a new audience with millennials!

In an increasingly digital age, vinyl records can provide a deeper, tactile connection to music that resonates with some of the biggest fans,” said Friedlander, the association’s senior vice president of strategic data analysis.

So here’s an opportunity to add a fine vintage, working turntable to your shelf! Stop in and see what’s available in both record players and albums! See you soon!

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1905 Anheuser Busch decorative plate

beautiful advertising tin plate of red headed lady with long wavy hair for Anheuser BuschRare, Original Anhheuser-Busch’s Malt-Nutrine St. Louis, Mo. Patented 1905 Tin Tray with a Lovely Partially Nude Portrait of a Lady. She has red, wavy hair. This collectible advertising piece was for Malt-Nutrine,

Anheuser-Busch Malt-Nutrine

A Tonic with Food Value
You will find in Malt-Nutrine valuable tonic properties of Saazer hops. You will also find the food value of more than 14 per cent of pure malt extract. The ingredients of Malt-Nutrine are carefully and properly chosen to constitute a real food-tonic and are combined through scientific processes under the direction of competent chemists.
Anheuser-Busch’s Malt-Nutrine is the recognized standard of medicinal malt preparations.
It is extensively prescribed by physicians as a food-tonic for nursing mothers, protracted convalescence from acute diseases, insomnia and many other conditions. Do not confuse it with cheap dark beers.
Pronounced by the U.S. Internal Revenue Department PURE MALT PRODUCT and not an alcoholic beverage.
At Meal Time —
To assist the gastric juices of the stomach in the necessary process of fermentation, which we call digestion, take a wine glass of Anheuser-Busch’s Malt-Nutrine
Your physician will tell you, and you will find by test in your own case, that malts with meals, in moderate quantity, not only increase appetite, or the desire to eat, but will aid materially in the digestion and assimilation of the food eaten.
Dyseptics, invalids and convalescents especailly are benefited.
Malt-Nutrine is a non-intoxicant; a scientific preparation of malt and hops that will give permanent benefit to both old and young. Physicians and nurses endorse it. Druggists and grocers sell it.
Anheuser-Busch Brewing Ass’n, St. Louis, U.S.A.

from:  Bonkers Institute

Stop in and see this beautiful piece – a perfect addition to anyone’s brewmania collection.

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