In two weeks, our nation will celebrate our Independence!
It came with great effort from the vision of our forefathers and the lives lost in battle. Let us remember to take a moment to honor and truly appreciate the unique legacy they left for us.
Let us respect one another, practice civility, honor diversity, and be active citizens in our communities.
We wanted to share this unique collection of 7-UP cans. Can you make out what they show:
There are 50 cans, one for each state, and they make an image of Uncle Sam. Can you see it? The 3rd row down, if you can see the ‘eye’, then draw back a little, you’ll see Uncle Sam. They’re not aligned perfectly, but you’ll see it. Below are two examples of the information for each state.
Of course, here in Havre de Grace, our big celebration will take place on Sunday, July 2nd.
For Details – CLICK HEREOur theme this year is “Hometown Heroes”… join us on the front lawn of Bahoukas for the parade, hang out for the Downtown Block Party, the free concert (free tickets required and available beginning July 23rd) and the fireworks!
With Father’s Day weekend upon, we want to remind you that we have 9,000 sq. ft. of antiques and collectibles. We KNOW there’s a perfect gift for “dad” here!
From fishing lures to baseball memorabilia, Military items to coin collections, tools to toys!
Yes, dads have lots of memories of toys they played with as kids. Maybe a youngster wants to buy an old toy and have Dad play and share those stories – creating new memories!
We want to remind you that July 15th is the next night that the Dead of Night Paranormal Investigators will be here. We’ve had a new entity introduce himself. Reserve your spot and maybe this new spirit will share more about himself on July 15th!
We posted earlier this week with suggestions for collectible coins to add to your Father’s Day Gift. Along with US Mint Proof or Uncirculated Coin Sets, Bahoukas has a number of individual coins that may just be the perfect gift for Dad. I believe in this photo there is a 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar (?) and an 1869 5-cent piece. (Apologies for the blur… it was one of those days!)
Below is a small selection of available collectible coins. We have the following:
Mercury Head silver dimes: 1919-1942
Indian Head pennies: 1860s
Silver Quarters: 1940s – 1950s
Morgan Silver Dollars: 1878-1879
1800s large cent
Silver Certificates $1 – $10
Stop in and visit today. Find the perfect coin for Dad’s collection…. or browse our 9,000 sq. ft. of retail space stuffed to the rafters. We know there’s a perfect gift idea for Dad! Hurry in – you’re just days away from celebrating Dad!
In Stanley M. Barrett and Elias W. Kidwiler’s book, History of Havre de Grace – “The Town We Live In”, we learn of Palmer’s Island, later known as Watson’s Island, and now know as Garrett’s Island. … Then we read of Harmers Town, sold to Stockett, “after 1700 it was known officially as “The Susquehanna Lower Ferry.” In 1714 it again changed hands (ownership) to John Stokes. According to Kidwiler’s writings, In 1785 the Susquehanna Lower Ferry was incorporated as a town with a commission form of government and was officially given its present name (Havre de Grace).
Havre de Grace, from the date of its incorporation as a town, continued to grow steadily in population and wealth. Fishing was the source of income for many of its citizens. The inns and hotels required the services of a considerable number of people. During the long, hard winters when the river froze to a depth of eighteen inches or more, many men were engaged in cutting, storing and shipping ice. There were services necessary for the farmers who made Havre de Grace their shopping center – blacksmith shops, wagon factories and repair shops, feed stores, general stores and hardware stores. Canneries were built in the city and provided an outlet for more corn and tomatoes than the farmers had been formerly disposing of, and took a considerable portion of the local fishermen’s catch. The coming of the railroad meant employment for both skilled and unskilled labor.
Again – apologies for the blur… We have duplicates of some of the historic items in the store; many we do not. Stop in and see these for yourself. Interesting perspectives of our community over the years.
The ‘foreword’ inside the Historic Havre de Grace booklet, published by the Havre de Grace Public Library in 1926 reads as follows:
This brief history of the city of Havre de Grace has been compiled by the ladies of the Library Committee, and is offered to the public on the occasion of the second anniversary of the opening of the Havre de Grace Public Library. For assistance in this work we acknowledge indebtedness to the Records of the Maryland Historical Society, Walter W. Preston’s “History of Harford County,” L. B. Browne’s “Historical Sketch of St. John’s Church” and many friends who have come forward with newspaper clippings of bygone days. We feel we have merely scratched the surface of a fascinating theme and hope our efforts may inspire some abler historian to do full justice to this subject.
The conclusion in the Public Library’s 1926 publication is a wonderful tribute to a city’s growth. It follows:
We have endeavored to picture for you the growth and development of our city from its early beginning. First, a family or two, then, a cluster of houses sheltering an intrepid band which decided to seek no further. A few survived the early hardships, and the call of kindred inspired others to come. What makes a city grow? Is it not the spirit of its people, their desire to make their surroundings safe and attractive and the measure of their neighborly kindness which influences others to join with them for mutual welfare? A man is not attracted to a town where his best efforts will bring him no reward and his friendly advances are repulsed. The spirit of enterprise and brotherly helpfulness is the great wellspring of a city’s progress, and this spirit in an increased measure is our desire for Havre de Grace.
There is much wisdom for us in the 21st century from the perspective presented in these books and pamplets of yesteryear!
This weekend’s beautiful weather made me think of a great gift for the fisherman-dad!
Most of these are HEDDON FISHING LURES – wooden
Heddon Fishing Lures have a wonderful history dating back to the late 1890s. CLICK THIS LINK for the company history. Heddon is a brand of artificial fishing lures created by James Heddon, (originally a beekeeper) who is credited with the invention of the first artificial fishing lures made of wood in the late 1890s ____from Wikipedia
(Apologies for the blur)
NOTE: the cannonball in the lower corner is not-for-sale, but George is researching it to see which war and which military might have used it. He’ll let you know when he finds out!
As the nation celebrated her bicentennial 1776-1976, the above plate highlights historical architecture of Havre de Grace including: Concord Point Lighthouse, the old hospital, city park (Tydings Park),
Decoy Carvers, Bayou Hotel (now condominiums), Burns Carriage Shop, the American Legion Post 47, the Draw Bridge (Amtrak), old railroad station, the railroad cut (would have been St. Clair – now Pennington Ave), and the Old Bank Building (now the beautiful La Banque de Fleuve event venue at 321 St. John St)
Apologies for the blurry photo above…
The above plate highlights our Concord Point Lighthouse, The Lafayette Statue, Rodgers House, the bell at our First High School, The Lockhouse (Susquehanna Museum), and St. John’s Church (presently being restored).
This popular plate showcases the Lighthouses of the Chesapeake, Maryland.
Visit BAHOUKAS Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum Soon! There’s always something interesting!
At Bahoukas Antique Mall you already know we have an amazing array of vintage, antique, collectible, and just plain interesting inventory. Check out these scales… many can be used. Others would make great planters, or decorative items in your home.
And finally, this most unique scale for eggs. What a great kitchen decorative or a perfect item for those who raise their own poultry.
Stop in and see us at Bahoukas today – you’re bound to find something that works perfectly for your collection, decorating, and even your workshop! We’ll be waiting for you!
Commemorative Plates Offer Bits of Havre de Grace History
This wonderful plate commemorates the Havre de Grace Double Decker Bridge!
The back of this plate offers interesting facts that also
give us a glimpse of the economics of earlier times.
Does anyone know who the 7 citizens were that purchased the bridge for $700 in 1908? Fascinating!
Another interesting commemorative plate features the Havre de Grace Methodist Church.
Even more interesting, are the details on the back of this plate offering
more information about the Methodist Church.
Where was the church located before this building went up?
Was it on the same corner? Or somewhere else?
When you’re looking for collectibles, be sure to check out the back, underside, inside the lid, etc. for interesting details that can often be found regarding the item. Be sure to stop in and chat with George at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. There’s always something interesting happening there!
As we celebrate the running of the 142nd Preakness, we also honor another special date for a local business!
Joseph’s Department Store in historic, downtown Havre de Grace celebrated their 80th year in business. As they prepared for their celebration, Bahoukas was lucky enough to get some awesome riding toys.
This beautiful red scooter is in wonderful condition, never used. It’s from Radio Line and the 1950s.
This Mercury blue tricycle by Murray is a 1950s collectible in excellent condition.
We showed you the stuffed horse and jockey in a previous post. But check the amazing
stuffed animal that sits on the tricycle, also in mint condition. You must know a young
child who would absolutely LOVE either of these riding toys!
No better way to enjoy the summer sand than with a bucket and a shovel!
Whether it’s your back yard sandbox, a little garden spot, or the sunny beach,
these cute and collectible, metal, Donald Duck, Disney-Character buckets and shovels
make a perfect toy. A little rust due to age, but otherwise in excellent condition.
A tiny one (maybe holds a couple cups) and a larger one – probably a quart size.
Made at the Ohio Art Company in Bryan, Ohio
These original items are from 1938.
Proudly made in the USA
Of course, the obvious thing we think about is all the beautiful and fun hats the ladies wear! Well, here are a few from Bahoukas! Which one works for you?
(I think George is trying to decide between the pink and the white… although I know he really likes the Orioles one!)
Of course, the unique items available at Bahoukas for the Preakness don’tstop with just ladies’ hats! The 1940s stuffed characters shown below are are both fun and in excellent condition.
The horse and jockey would make a great addition to racing day decor at your party – or to share with a youngster who loves horses and racing.
Here’s a close up. Aren’t these just remarkable.
You are encouraged to drop by Bahoukas and see just what you might discover to make your Preakness Day Celebrations even more fun! We’ll be waiting for you!
Do you remember waiting for the opportunity to gather all the stamps your mom or grandmom collected
so that you could lick ’em and stick ’em in the books!
It was exciting to see how many pages or books you could fill. Oftentimes, it meant that something you really, really wanted might be possible through the S&H Green Stamps Catalog.
But do you know they first arrived on the American retail scene in 1896!!! That’s true! Their heyday was throughout the 1960s-70s. S&H Green Stamps were so popular that they were mentioned in songs, movies and tv shows. The Beatles and Pat Boone are just two of the number who mention them in song or movie. As late as 2001 they were mentioned in the moving, Riding in Cars with Boys.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the term “green stamps” was commonly used by truckers and other motorists on Citizens’ Band (CB) radios to refer to money; for instance, a radio operator advising fellow operators that “Ol’ Smokie just got some of my green stamps” was understood to be saying a highway patrolman had just stopped him and given him a traffic ticket. This usage still occurs in the CB radio community._________from Wikipedia
Even truckers used the term to replace the word ‘money’ in their chatter. Most surprisingly, you can still redeem those old S&H Green Stamps for S&H GreenPoints and get a gift certificate. Really – it’s true! Just click on the image below to go to the website.
Now that’s what I call longevity in the world of ‘loyalty programs.’ To learn plenty more details go to WIKIPEDIA! Some great trivia here. ENJOY!
Since I didn’t give you a Ghost Story… you’ll definitely want to check this out!
That’s right. Our Dead of Night Paranormal Investigators will return
Saturday, May 20th from 9-midnight
to give you the opportunity to meet some of our less visible entities.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW – CALL GEORGE!
Apologies for the glare. But this is an amazing piece of our local history. There are shops and businesses of all kinds on this 1940s advertising card table. You’ll definitely want to stop in at Bahoukas Antiques and take a peek. I’ll bet many locals have their families’ businesses listed here! There are many that were new to us! WOW!
This photo to the left is the label on the underside of the card table that gives the name and address of the advertising company.
Below are a few close up shots of different sections so that you might read a number of the businesses that are printed on it.
This is truly an remarkable piece. It’s most interesting where you might find research for your history project! Stop in and take a peek. If you have a story to share, be sure to chat with George!
The “Steering Wheel Spinner Knob” was invented by Joel R. Thorp of Wisconsin in 1936. The Brodie name is a reference to Steve Brodie and was meant to describe all manner of reckless stunts. The device is often called a “suicide knob” because of being notoriously useless for controlling the wheel during an emergency. Brodie knobs are also known as “necker knobs”, because they allow steering with one hand while necking with the passenger. It is also called a “knuckle buster” because of the disadvantage posed by the knob when letting go of the steering wheel after going around a corner, the wheel spins rapidly and the knob can hit the user’s knuckle, forearm, or elbow. If the driver is wearing a long sleeve shirt, the protruding accessory on the rim of the steering wheel can also become caught in the sleeve’s open cut by the button. Other names include “granny knob” and “wheel spinner.” __from Wikipedia
We won’t ask how you know about the Brodie Knob. I’m sure some of you out there in cyber-space have a few stories you probably don’t want to share. 🙂 Watch for our next WhoZwhatsIt…. next week!
With our flat screen televisions, these beautiful pieces are ignored!
But look at the exquisite work on these lamps. For instance, the two that have oriental figures are wonderful. The photos do not do them justice. (Click on the photo to see a larger view – then click back on your browser to return to the page) Better yet, stop in and see them at Bahoukas!
Next is a most beautiful lamp that features a bride (or beautifully gowned woman). I could also see this piece used in a bridal decor with a little creativity!
Then we have “Truly Unique” lamps – a dog, ships, and a pheasant. (At this time, the electrical component on the pheasant is not available. George is on a search to find them. This pheasant is fairly rare!)
And finally (but never the last of those available), this Madonna – or Mother – and Child is so beautiful. The sculpture of this piece is amazing. The colors are soft and gentle, accenting the very piece.
Here’s a close-up to show how astonishingly beautiful this tv lamp is. It would be beautiful displayed as sculpture.
Visit Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum for
wonderful finds and put your creativity to work!
Jimmy Vancherie Shared A Story About the Havre de Grace Switchboard
(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.
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 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.