Entering the 20th century, Havre de Grace’s canning industry was thriving.
CLICK HERE for a brief highlight of canning in Harford County.
EXAMPLE of labels that can be seen in our shop at Bahoukas.
Shortly after 1878, Stephen J. Seneca opened a fruit-packing factory in the S. J. Seneca Warehouse with a tin can factory next to Havre de Grace Waterfront. Seneca made improvements to canning with his patents; 1889 Can-soldering machine 1891 Can-soldering machine By 1899, Seneca had become a canned goods broker. Since the original railroad had run down St. Clair Street (now Pennington Ave.) to the river the location of the factory was advantageous for both water and rail shipping. Up until the Second World War many farmers in Harford County brought their produce to the Seneca Factory later run as Stockhams Cannery. S.J. Seneca lived at 200 North Union Ave. was Mayor of Havre de Grace 1893-1894 and donated the Methodist Church.
The Seneca cannery, which is currently in use as an antique shop, is a very good example of a late 19th century brick industrial building. with its severally classical facade and massive stone buttresses on the rear.
Here’s another photo of area labels of the once, very profitable canning industry in Havre de Grace and surrounding areas.
Many patents followed the opening of the S. J. Seneca Cannery. 1901 The Baling-press. 1905 The Cooker 1905 The Tomato-scalder. 1917 Improved Tomato-scalder. 1917 The Can-opener. 1918 The Machine for peeling tomatoes.
Spencer-Silver Mansion, now a B&B, located at 200 S. Union Avenue, is an example of the wealth in Havre de Grace in the early 20th century.
The house was built to reflect the wealth and position of its original owner John Spenser, who was in the fish packing business. Along with the Seneca Mansion (HA 815) and the Van Diver Mansion (HA 1124), all on Union Ave., the house represents a small concentration of considerable wealth in the town at the turn of the century. The house was bought at auction in 1917 by Charles B. Silver, a local canning magnate. source: Maryland Historical Trust
You may also want to visit the Steppingstone Museum located within the Susquehanna State Park, at 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace. They have excellent exhibits of our rural history, including a great deal about our canning industry. Be sure to stop in to Bahoukas for more history of Havre de Grace and they’ll eagerly give you directions to other locations in Havre de Grace to learn more.
Susquehanna Hose Company Auxiliary Police Department
The photo is the badge of the Fire Police, Havre de Grace.
This photo shows the members of the Susquehanna Hose Company being sworn in as Auxiliary Policemen by Mayor Walter McLhinney. We believe this photo is from around 1947-1949.
Members taking the oath from left to right are:
G. Robert Pennington, Sr., Fred Bernard, Phil Pascuzzi, UNKNOWN, Charles Gamatoria, Frank Perugino, Harold “Jake” Tollenger, Ed McComas, Alvaro Moretti, Dick Walker, Jack Lay and Chief of Police William Bullock.
Do you know anything about this organization. Share it with us on Facebook or visit George at the shop.
Skill, Art, Creativity, Re-purposing – what have you done with something you purchased at Bahoukas?
We are always meeting wonderful folks at Bahoukas. But sometimes we are really amazed at the incredible talent that shows up. This guy bought several old, tarnished portholes a while back. One day he came back to the shop to purposely show Betty what he does with them. Astounding.
Meet Oscar Sommer. He is 63, retired, and living here in Havre de Grace enjoying the art he loves – finding the perfect items to re-purpose. He also loves painting and photography.
Here’s the first item he brought in to show us:
The top shows what Oscar purchased. Below is the beautifully
cleaned, wire brushed or buffed piece.
He loves bringing the beautiful back into brass pieces.
But that’s not all. Here’s what he creates with some of them.
Here he creates a wall hanging, the porthole window opens… and there’s a love note to Popeye from Olive Oil!
In this beautifully finished piece to the left, he placed a mirror.
He has dozens of ideas or will make one to suit your needs.
Before talking with us, he hadn’t really thought about selling these. But we think they are too beautiful not to share.
Let us know if you’re interested, and we’ll be sure to put you in touch with Oscar.
Below is another unique piece, where he’s lovingly returned the beauty and utility to this old hand-cranked ice cream maker. which has all the internal parts working.
I saw this and kept wondering how small the cannon must have been to use these cannon balls. hahahahaha Needless to say, one needs to read the entire description. These are Cannon Ball ‘folding-siding Garage Door Set Combinations’ – not cannon balls!!!
Sadler’s Hardware was located on the corner of Warren and Union (opposite from where the 7-Eleven is located). It’s now a parking lot. This box was from Sadler’s. I didn’t measure it, but it was about a foot square. Do you have info you wish to share with us about the Sadler Hardware? Please visit out FB page and share what you know.
Havre de Grace Distributing Company, a wholesale beer and wine distributor from 1944-1993
Kathryn Asher was well known in Havre de Grace as a woman managing a beer and wine distributorship in a time when women managers were still unusual – in the wine and beer industry, probably even more rare. But as the following paragraph states, she also was very active in the community.
She was born in Havre de Grace, MD to the late Arthur P.G. Asher and Ada May Keen on December 28, 1918. She graduated from Havre de Grace High School in 1935 and attended the Baltimore Business College and University of Baltimore. She was a devoted member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where she taught Sunday school. She was a Charter member and Charter President of the Harford County/Havre de Grace Soroptimist Club. She managed the family owned business, Havre de Grace Distributing Company, a wholesale beer and wine distributor from 1944-1993. Kathryn J. Asher died on Sept. 11, 2005 at the age of 86. …from the Cecil Whig Newspaper Obituaries
Listen to George share a bit of knowledge and some items he acquired following her death and, more recently, the family’s efforts to sell the building.
The above picture is NOT for sale. It is a part of the collection in the Bahoukas Beer MuZeum as part of the city’s history.
But this great chalkboard (on the left) is available. It was a promotional piece used to write the days specials in a bar.
Two other great pieces are shown below.
One is a huge metal advertising sign – probably 4′ x 8′.
The other is a banner about 4′ x 5′. We’ve been trying to figure out if the black woman is possibly a famous singer. Does anyone out there in cyber space know? If so, be sure to tell us.
Here’s the mural that was originally painted on the building. It has since been painted over.
As we end a year and begin anew, Vintage Cameras have highlighted it!
Cameras of all shapes and sizes are available at Bahoukas. Cameras from the early 1900s, ‘Brownies’ from the 40s, Italian Cameras from the 60s, Polaroid and Kodak to mention just a few. We’ve actually had many folks from photography clubs come in to pick up an old camera to add to their collection. And yes – they use them.
We also have many folks who pick up one or two to use in a decorating theme.
Whatever the usage, we have a wonderful assortment to choose from. As they’ve done since the beginning, cameras record our history and those special moments in our lives. Stop in and enjoy a piece of history… and maybe take one home.
For more information about old cameras, CLICK HERE for a great one-page history. Do you remember the old Kodak box camera? We do!
If you listen to some of the seniors in your community, they’ll tell you of the days when milk was delivered to your door in glass bottles. Seems far away today. But it was a wonderful service to get fresh milk from your local dairy on a regular basis.
Bahoukas has a fine variety of glass milk bottles to add to your collection, to start a collection or to use for unique decorating ideas. HINT: they’re perfect for a flower or two – or even a plant!
Here’s a link to an articlewith a bit more information about the milk bottle, its history, and its collectors. ENJOY!
Did You Know the SMITHSONIAN Has a Lunchbox Display?
At Bahoukas we have an awesome assortment of lunchboxes from Hop-A-Long Cassidy of the 1950s thru Rambo in 1980. Many of those in the attached article can be found at Bahoukas! For a time in was believed that metal lunchboxes were outlawed. But they started coming back int he 1990s as commemoratives, often filled with popcorn.
Stop in and find the one you carried as a kid and share it with a youngster that would love to hear those stories! You’ll most likely end up talking about your favorite and not-so-favorite foods you carried as well!
A great many non-smokers still love collecting smoking memorabilia!
We have some wonderful cigarette collectibles that include cigarette packs, tobacco, papers (for rolling tobacco) and pouches/tins. Did you know that the original Lucky Strike pack was green and red. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about that:
The brand’s signature dark-green pack was changed to white in 1942. In a famous advertising campaign that used the slogan “Lucky Strike Green has gone to war”, the company claimed the change was made because the copper used in the green color was needed for World War II. American Tobacco actually used chromium to produce the green ink, and copper to produce the gold-colored trim. A limited supply of each was available, and substitute materials made the package look drab.
The white package actually was introduced to modernize the label and to increase the appeal of the package among female smokers; market studies showed that the green package was not found attractive to women, who had become important consumers of tobacco products. The war effort became a convenient way to make the product more marketable while appearing patriotic at the same time.
Famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy was challenged by company president George Washington Hill to improve the existing green and red package, with a $50,000 bet at stake. Loewy changed the background from green to white, making it more attractive to women, as well as cutting printing costs by eliminating the need for green dye. He also placed the Lucky Strike target logo on both sides of the package, a move that increased both visibility and sales. Hill paid off the bet.
In addition to cigarette smoking collectibles, we have an eclectic selection of tobacco tins. Colorful and collectible.
If there’s any tobacco still in them, I’m not sure it’s any good. But many of the tins would make great gift containers or for decorating.
Stop in and see them for yourself.
And finally, we couldn’t mention smoking collectibles without showing off our ZIPPO lighters. Any one and everyone of the decades of popular smoking knows about a ZIPPO lighter – advertised to light under any wind conditions with a lifetime guarantee.
A glass paperweight is perfect for any desk. but 2 or 3 in a grouping can make a spectacular ‘statement’ on a shelf, table or counter top. You could group by theme, or colors, even shapes and sizes! Bahoukas has a beautiful and varied display of glass paperweights sure to delight someone special this holiday.
In addition, if you’ve not noticed, hats are IN! Yes, they are. And here at Bahoukas we have a wonderful millinery collection to choose from. What’s great is that they’re at prices where you can add more than one to your wardrobe. Check out these wonderful hats and find a couple to add to your collection. Go ahead, put a bit of sass into your attire – add a spunky hat!
Trading Cards may just be the perfect hobby for your kids.
Here, at Bahoukas Antique Mall, we have a wide variety of trading cards to start a collection, or to complete one. From nearly every sport to Disney and popular TV shows, it can be a great way to teach kids to set goals and work towards them, to wait for an item of value they really want, and to learn about ‘trading’ with others. Trading cards can be a great learning tool. Here’s an articlethat might encourage you to consider starting your youngster with the beginnings of a trading card collection – another perfect gift idea. Hurry in!!
Our Holiday Barbies are in their original boxes – 1989 thru 1996 and 2000. They are beautiful and just waiting for the perfect owner. Stop in to see them and pick one out for your holiday gift giving. Make a child (or collector) very, very happy!
We have an array of Barbie vintage doll cases from the 60s and 70s. Use them for your dolls or for an overnight stay. Maybe you want an extra special cosmetics case. Whether six or sixty, you may just find the perfecting pairing with a Barbie doll case.
Did you know…
Barbie has become a cultural icon and has been given honors that are rare in the toy world. In 1974, a section of Times Square in New York City was renamed Barbie Boulevard for a week. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris at the Louvre held a Barbie exhibit in 2016. The exhibit featured 700 Barbie dolls over two floors as well as works by contemporary artists and documents (newspapers, photos, video) that contextualize Barbie. … from Wikipedia
Love her or hate her…. Barbie has history. So come check out our collection and find the perfect Barbie collectible for that special person on your gift list.
The winter sled with runners that we are familiar with today was made popular in 1889 as a Flexible Flyer!
We have several wooden sleds available at Bahoukas, including a slightly older one that is not pictured here. These are great to use and perfect for decorating with. Do you know the history of sleds? They started round the time of the pyramids. Since then, they’ve become quite sophisticated. Check out this Popular Mechanics slideshow. You’ll appreciate sleds even more!
With the weather colder and months ahead probably bringing us some snow days, you just might want to hurry in and grab one of these for under your Christmas tree. Hurry… the countdown to the big day is here!
Tis the Season for Magic and Unicorns are definitely Magical!
On the left is “Love’s Celebration” and the right is “Love’s Devotion.” These beautiful porcelain figures are by Princeton Gallery. They are astonishingly beautiful. If you believe in Magic, or you have someone on your gift list that does, this is most certainly a perfect gift. Here are two close-ups of the details on these fine pieces:
Unicorns are not found in Greek mythology, but rather in the accounts of natural history, for Greek writers of natural history were convinced of the reality of unicorns, which they located in India, a distant and fabulous realm for them. … from Wikipedia
But the lovers of Unicorns know in their hearts they do exist and their magic works. So here’s to the believer on your list! Stop by Bahoukas to see them. Hurry, it’s almost Christmas morning!