Vintage Toys from Joseph’s Dept Store

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.

red scooter from the 50s at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

This beautiful red scooter is in wonderful condition, never used. It’s from Radio Line and the 1950s.

1950s blue tricycle - excellent condition - Bahoukas Antique Mall

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!

The Heat Is On – and we have the perfect toy!

No better way to enjoy the summer sand than with a bucket and a shovel!

Disney Characters Metal Buckets and shovel to play in the sandbox at Bahoukas

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

Trading Cards Are Still Popular

Trading Cards may just be the perfect hobby for your kids.

trading cards - sports and non-sports - available at Bahoukas

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 article that might encourage you to consider starting your youngster with the beginnings of a trading card collection – another perfect gift idea. Hurry in!!

 

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Is Barbie still popular with your little ones?

We Have Vintage Barbie Dolls and Barbie Cases.

Holiday Barbie Dolls at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

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!

Barbie doll cases at Bahoukas

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.

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Winter Sleds For Christmas

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!

wooden winter sled at Bahoukas

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ET phone home

Yes, we have ET. We also have phones!

ET was a favorite movie and probably still is popular for many. Of course this little guy is for sale. But so is this dial Candlestick phone, an American Classic reproduction. Yes, it does work! So if you’d like, we can package ET with the phone so he’ll be able to ‘phone home’!

#21 – PEZ PEZ and even more PEZ

#21 Gift Giving Idea – you saw our Christmas Tree decorated with PEZ … but have you seen these?

PEZ over 700 including all the presidents from Washington to Obama at Bahoukas Antiques!

Do you collect these delightful PEZ dispensers? Well, George not only has a Christmas Tree decorated with hundreds of these colorful PEZ dispensers, but he has over 700 in a case, including the Presidents from Washington to Obama! He has pretty much anything PEZ.

Do you know that PEZ started as a breath mint for adults. CHECK OUT THEIR HISTORY HERE.

Do you know when the first PEZ COLLECTORS CONVENTION was and where? NO?!?!?!? 1991 in Mentor, Ohio!

Enjoy more FUN FACTS related to PEZ collectibles. Then rush into Bahoukas to start your collection or to find the piece that may be missing from the collection you already own! See you at Bahoukas!

#20 is a bit of nostalgia

#20 Gift Giving Idea offers some family-friend time… real time!

beautiful wood croquet set for some real family fun time ready for you at Bahoukas!

Do you remember setting up the croquet set, gathering friends and family and some refreshments, and settling in for an afternoon of just plain fun? If you do, then you may just want to check out this set!

Just in case you’ve forgotten how to play or how to set it up. CLICK HERE for details. You’ll be back in the groove in no time at all.

Sometimes the simpler games and being in the outdoors is just what a family or the neighborhood needs to bring laughter and play back into your life. And an old-fashioned croquet game is a great start.

Seriously, any age can play … though you may have to bend the rules a wee bit for of the youngest. But be prepared to have a good time. Add a picnic and you have a day’s good weather activity.

We look forward to seeing you at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum!

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#12 – Hubley Farm Tractor – for the collector or the kid

Day #12 offers another Tractor for a gift giving idea!

Hubley Farm Tractor with original box at Bahoukas

This Hubley Farm Tractor is in excellent condition as is the original box. It’s very collectible. But any child would also enjoy this. Made in Lancaster, PA. Here’s a little of it’s history:

The Hubley Manufacturing Company was first incorporated in 1894 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania by John Hubley. The first Hubley toys appeared in 1909 and were made of cast-iron, with themes that ranged from horse-drawn vehicles and different breeds of dogs, to tractors, steam shovels and guns (Smitsonian Institution, website). Hubley’s main competition in the early years was Arcade (Richardson 1999, p. 46). Early toys were known for their complexity; a delicate 11 inch long Packard Straight 8, a five-ton truck that came complete with tools, a road roller that came in five different sizes, a steam shovel with working arms and shovel, and Chrysler Airflows with take-apart bodies (Richardson 1999, p. 46). Hubley’s was especially known for its many motorcycles, which were creative and often included sidecars or hooked to delivery vans that said, for example, “Say it with flowers” on the sides (Richardson 1999, p. 46).

For more info about the Hubley Manufacturing Co. of Lancaster, PA – CLICK HERE

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#11 – Gift Giving for the Reader

Day #11 Gift Giving Brings Dick & Jane

Dick and Jane Readers at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Those of us that are vintage ourselves remember our friends, Dick and Jane. Many of us believe that there is still merit in the readers and workbooks. If you’re one of them, possibly you’d like to pick up a book or two to share with your grandchildren. Others think they’re out of touch and boring. If nothing else, sharing them will create some very lively conversations where you can share ‘the good ole days’!

Did you know?

THE BOOKS RELIED ON A GLACIALLY-PACED FORMULA.  

Every page contained one—and only one—new word that the reader hadn’t yet seen in any previous Dick and Jane collections. On every third page, all the new words would be combined. And not a single story introduced more than five or six total.

For 15 fun facts about the history of the Dick and Jane series, CLICK HERE. Then be sure to stop by Bahoukas.

#10 Gift Idea for Wannabe Soldier

Day #10 is a Vintage GI Joe Set

vintage GI Joe and Trouble Shooter at Bahoukas

Vintage GI Joe accessories at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Our community is well acquainted with military personnel as a result of Aberdeen Proving Ground. So it’s no surprise if we have kids who dream of being soldiers.

This is a vintage GI Joe with all the accessories. Add the Trouble Shooter with its Communications Center and you’ll make one very happy child this Christmas (and give Dad a reason to play).

(Trouble Shooter uses “D” cell batteries)

Stop by and take a peek!

Day #9 – Gift Idea by The Good Habit Toy

Day #9 offers a Famous Brands Kiddy Chest by REMCO

Kiddy Chest by Famous Brands at Bahoukas

items inside the kiddy chest available at BahoukasMost of the pieces are in the box, you could add a few new ones if you like! And if you want to make it a great gift – add a trip to the New Jersey Museum. See the info in the next paragraph!

Did you know that REMCO is a NJ company?  Enjoy this article about a museum in New Jersey offering a toy exhibit from now until April 20, 2017! You can learn the history of many of our vintage and collectible toys. Enjoy!

Day #8 Gift Giving Idea – Space People!

Day #8 requires only a bit of ‘make believe’!

fun Space People by Archer Toys at Bahoukas

space people educational trading cards by Archer Toys 1952 - at Bahoukas

 

As you know, we’ve been offering 21 Days of Gift Giving Ideas between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This week we’re offering a variety of ideas fit for the creative child in your life!

Another collectible that will bring out the imagination of a child … I can hear the chatter now. These pieces are in great condition. They’re created by Archer Toys, 1952. It also includes educational trading cards on the back of the box. Keep in mind, they’re from the 50s!

 

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#7 Idea for Kids – ranch hands

Day #7 of our Gift Giving Ideas for kids – Campbell’s Chuck Wagon Set

Campbell Kids CHuck Wagon Set - Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
This great collectible is still fun for kids with imagination! From AMSCO TOYS – 1955, there are two of all utensils. The Soup Cans are missing – I’m sure the goodies were eaten long ago, but you can add a few of your own.

Do you ever wonder who creates these toys? Well, D. Dudley Bloom worked for AMSCO and was very creative and forward thinking. For example this notation from Wikipedia: At AMSCO, Bloom expanded the company’s line of reality-based toys that eschewed traditional military themes for boys and encouraged children of both genders to imitate constructive adult roles.

A photo of what's included in the Campell kids Chuck Wagon set from Bahoukas

This set is ‘like new’ after all these years. Plus… if you browse our shop, I’m sure you’ll find other Campbell Kids items that may go along with it. Possibly you could find a mug for mom and dad. Pick this up today and surprise your young ranch hand during the holidays!

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#6 Idea for Kids – Tractor Time

Day #6 of Gift Giving Ideas is one for the kids!

Ranch Trac chain driven pedal tractor available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

This fun tractor – a Ranch Trac Chain Driven Pedal Tractor – is going to make one little farmer, dreaming of his/her little plot of land, very happy! In spite of all the electronics, we still notice that kids will play with boxes the gifts came in, enjoy popping bubblewrap, love the sound of shaking a bag of chips, so this tractor is just as popular today as it was when it was first manufactured.

Stop in soon… it’ll go fast. Make a child very happy this holiday!

A Piece of Havre de Grace History!

Havre de Grace National Bank 1950s collectible Wild Wild West Bank1950s Wild West Bank!

George always gets excited when he finds any treasures representing Havre de Grace history!

This Wild West Bank c1950′s came from the Havre de Grace National Bank on St John Street. The building is now La Banque de Fleuve – a stunning, special events venue in historic downtown Havre de Grace. We’ll point you to their direction – just a block away – when you stop in for a visit.