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.

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!

Dolls, Scores of Dolls

Is there a doll you always wanted? We might have it!

Some of the huge variety of dolls in our collection.

Check our front window. There’s an amazing selection of dolls from small cloth dolls to beautiful baby dolls and everything in-between! They’re in excellent condition and will surely delight a collector, or a young one whose eyes would light up with one or two of these beautiful dolls.

Beautiful Presidents’ Wives Collection, Bride doll, and Beanie Babies.

Above are wives of former presidents (l to r): Mrs. Barbara Bush, Mrs. Pat Nixon, Mrs. Jackie Kennedy, Mrs. Nancy Reagan, and Mrs. Rosalyn Carter. These dolls are beautiful. In addition, there’s a lovely bride’s doll. And the beanie babies are only a few of the collection we have acquired.

Stop in soon and take a peek. Surely there’s a perfect doll for a very special person in your life! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

“Help” – the Beatles…

… is this beer can legit?

hmmm… legit? We’re not sure!

This unique beer can found its way to our store recently. We’ve done lots of searching, but can’t find any certification.

Beer can “A Tribute to the BEATLES”

The can says:

A Tribute to the BEATLES
LIMITED COLLECTOR’S EDITION
Contents 12 Fl. Oz.

What do you think?

This side says:

“HELP” Brewing Company
Liverpool, England

So we’re curious. We’ve been searching, but haven’t found a definitive answer. But, since there aren’t many out there, it might be a great collectible and ‘conversation piece.’ Always fun.

Stop in during a great weekend that includes First Friday and the Wine, Art & Jazz Festival on Saturday. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Yes, we have ‘critters’

Well, we’re not the Farm Fair but …

This little piggy … is CAST IRON

We have some wonderful critters to decorate your home or even your office! This piggy bank is cast iron and probably at least a foot long. What a great way to keep that door open and let the cool breeze in while having a great place to put all that loose change!

Mary had a little lamb… and so did Bahoukas!
Lifesize kitty cat … don’t you just love it!

The lamb, geese, and cat are ceramic. But oh, so cute! Surely there’s a special little space that one or two would work perfectly!

The dog is cast iron. We have a wide variety of cast iron pieces for shelf or floor, as well as some doorstoppers.

The cast iron heron is perfecting for our area. But, then again, anyone who loves herons will find the perfect spot for it. Have a water view from your home? This would be a wonderful addition to your decor. Wish you had a water view? This wonderful statue could help remind you of the joy you feel when you’re near the water.

Just a sampling of the fun items you’ll find at Bahoukas Antique Mall & Beer MuZeum in Havre de Grace, MD. Stop in and discover a perfect collectible from the ‘Collector of Collections.’ Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

MUSIC – it’s everywhere

Guitar, dulcimer, horns … at Bahoukas!

This beautiful guitar with case is ready for someone to love it enough to create beautiful music together.

Ready to begin? Or maybe add a new guitar to your collection?

Marching Snare Drum from early 1940s at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

Yesterday we sold a wonderful drum to an excited young man. In June, Jack Broadbent surprised us with a visit while here for the Jazz Festival sponsored by our HdG Opera House and Arts Collective.

Preview Concert at Bahoukas by Jack Broadbent Jazz and Blues Fest Awsome accompanied by Al Peteraf , He was playing the Dulcimer that was hanging on the wall

Posted by George Bahoukas Wagner on Thursday, June 6, 2019
Jack Broadbent playing a dulcimer at Bahoukas
musical instruments available at Bahoukas Antiques
Variety of amazing string instruments at Bahoukas
Holton Trumpet by Leblanc that works - at Bahoukas
Yep, even George gives it a try! (hahaha)

You just never know what might be happening when you visit our shop. Stop in now… hey, the weather’s perfect!!! Yep, we’re always watchin’ for ya!

Very Collectible Comics

We recently joked about George and the Barbie Doll Collection. But that’s all not that’s arrived at the store in the past week or so.

Very collectible comics …

Several of these comics, though not the 1st edition, are #2! We recently added more than 30 new comics to our collection. The ones pictured include Sinister House, Woody Woodpecker, E-man, The Flintstones featuring the GREAT GAZOO, and Underdog!

You know we’ll be watchin’ for ya! Stop by soon!

Sizzling Heat and Barbie

No need to complain. No one wants to hear it. The heat has been … well … BEYOND HOT!

Do you wonder what George does when it’s so HOT?

“Caught ya!”

Yep, he received a wonderful assortment of all things “Barbie” and just had to play. Here he is going through the cases and dressing the dolls.

A variety of Barbie cases for the Barbie Doll enthusiast ... or maybe a special little girl! All part of the Barbie Doll collection at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

Here’s a sampling of the latest arrivals that came during our sizzling heatwave. Stop by and check them out. Whether you’re a collector, or you just have a special young girl that you know would just LOVE these, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

See what you miss when you aren’t checking in on George!?!? Stop by soon. We are looking forward to a break in the temps this week. And yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Sometimes it’s not the rain…

that keeps us in – but the sun!

Wonderful Little Golden Books at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Wonderful selection of Little Golden Books and more…

With temperatures heading up to the 90s this week, often it’s too hot for the young ones to be outdoors for too long at a stretch. We just might have a solution or two for you at Bahoukas Antique Mall.

More great books for the young reader at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
From princesses to cowboys, kittens to bunnies, great stories for your young readers

We have a wonderful variety of Little Golden Books and more for the young readers to enjoy. Maybe you’d like to bring them in to pick one out – or surprise them with a selection when you need to bring them indoors for a bit of cool, quiet time!

Nearly every category possible for young readers.

Along with this wonderful selection of books, you’ll also find a nice selection of games that the youngest to the older kids may enjoy! Make a game or reading party to encourage the youngsters to enjoy a respite from the hot sun!

Stop in today… we’ll be open all week. Yes, we are OPEN on July 4th – and we’ll be open on Saturday – parade day! Yessireeeee… we’re always watchin’ for ya at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum.

Collecting Food Tins

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. That’s when branding became particularly important; customers learned they could expect a certain level of quality from, say, Kellogg’s.

from Collectors Weekly

We find it interesting that history really does come full circle. Folks again find fresh food in bins and barrels – especially if organic – to be preferable to canned or frozen. Ah yes, the circle of life.

We wrote about this a couple of years ago. But we still have a wonderful variety of vintage and collectible tins. Whether you like the advertising on them, or just old tins, we probably have a couple you’d like to add to your decor or collection.

Very collectible tins at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Yes, you’ll notice a few others that are NOT food tins (like the Gulf oil tin). Stop by and say ‘hi’ while you browse the shop. Yessireeee… we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Victorian Washbowl Set

3 pc Victorian Washbowl Set (Partial set)

Whether you love it just because they’re beautifully painted pieces or you love Victorian, this partial Victorian Washbowl Set is gorgeous.

They can add to your decor, or would be beautiful to display your garden flowers. You could even store your pencil/pen collection or those fancy little drink stirrers in them. You decide!

Stop by and see them today at Bahoukas Antique Mall.

Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya and George loves to share his “Collection of Collections!” See you soon!

Painted Milk Can

As the weekend arrives, Havre de Grace is excited to be celebrating two ‘firsts’ this Saturday. From 1-5pm is the GRAVITY Youth Event at the Lock House Museum. From 3-8pm is our first Upper Chesapeake Bay PRIDE EVENT at the Concord Point Park (by the light house).

We encourage you to enjoy these events… but please make time to stop in and say ‘hi.’ Chat with George about his ‘Collection of Collections!’

This beautiful handpainted milk can would brighten up a special spot in your home. It’s from Witchwood Farm, which we believe is in New Jersey.

Stop in and see this for yourself. It just might be that special item you’ve been looking for. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wednesday Surprise #13

Bust of David, a Camel, and a Decorative Pitcher

Bust of David available at Bahoukas Antiques

Sitting high on a shelf, we discovered this bust of David. Possibly there’s a shelf in your home or office that’s perfect for this piece.

Our wood carved camel is another beautiful and unusual piece available in our shop. Maybe it would be perfect for your collection?

This chalk, decorative pitcher is beautiful. Do you have a special spot in your home or office for this unique piece?

You know that there are many items tucked up high on a shelf or maybe in a box. We encourage you to stop in to Bahoukas Antique Mall to discover a perfect collectible for your home or office – or maybe as a gift. Yep, we’re here and we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Digitabulist

… collecting thimbles

When was the last time you looked at a thimble? I fondly recall my grandmother’s sewing basket and the wonderful array of thimbles it held. There were porcelain ones with images of little dogs, beautifully crafted metal thimbles with intricate designs, and a very special one that featured the name of a long-ago general store which my grandparents frequented.

from AntiqueTrader.com
Collecting thimbles
Thimbles – metal to porcelain

Yes, a ‘digitabulist’ is a collector of thimbles!

In the past, thimbles were popular advertising vehicles, especially in American culture.

Along the band of some thimbles, logos, company names and even political parties or candidates were featured. In fact, political thimbles came on the scene in 1920, the very same year the 19th Amendment was ratified — guaranteeing women the right to vote.

from AntiqueTrader.com

Interested in starting a ‘tiny collection’? It won’t take much room but could really be interesting. CLICK HERE for a ‘How to’ from WikiHow.

Collecting Thimbles
Many thimbles were advertisements!

We invite you to stop by and see the ‘tiny thimbles’ we have. Yep, we’ll be watching for ya!