We Predict a Halloween Party in Your Near Future!

Bahoukas loves a party. Halloween is a perfect reason!

With a busy week of Homecoming, a Carnival, Halloween activities and sun-filled October days, you’re bound to be attending or hosting your own Halloween party. Here are some items to create a memorable event. Below are cast iron characters – a ghost and a nodder (bobble head) witch. Add these to your centerpiece to make your table or buffet really special.

Cast Iron Halloween collectibles - ghost on leftl, witch ghost on right

In the following photo, we show you just a few of the many wonderful vintage Halloween collectibles available at Bahoukas Antique Mall. A plastic puppet, small pumpkin etc for favors, a larger pumpkin to hold a candle, a tambourine with Halloween decoration, favors, and cupcake decorations, etc. Stop in and see the variety of really fun Halloween collectibles. Hurry, you’ll want them for your party this week!

Halloween party items - witch puppet (plastic), pumpkin, favors, small pumpkin for candle, tamborine, and various small items for cake decorating, etc.

With Halloween retail sales projected to be 9.1 billion (yes that’s Billion – with a ‘B’), we know you’ll want to check out some really great pieces to add a wee bit of nostalgia to your decorations. And don’t forget, we have a lot of unique items to add just the finishing touch you need for your very unique costume. See you soon. We’ll be watchin’ for you!

Have you seen IT?

We cannot help sharing our CLOWNS!

L-R The Simpsons Krusty the Clown, clown nightlight, Roly Poly clown, clown salt shaker, clown cup, giant clown PEZ dispenser - Peter Pez, plastic clown with hoop, squeak toy clown, cast-iron clown bank

According to Box Office: IT is the highest grossing horror movie of all time. Of course, Pennywise the Clown is not exactly one’s best buddy. But we thought that if you liked the movie, you just might love our clowns in general!

Our clowns are definitely less scary and lots more fun.

Above you have Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons, a clown nightlight (1966), Roly Poly Clown – 1960 and musical, clown salt shaker, plastic cup with a clown handle, Peter Pez – a giant PEZ dispenser that holds and dispenses full PEZ packs, plastic clown figure with hoop, a sqeak toy clown, and a wonderful cast-iron mechanical bank clown.

Krusty is often portrayed as a cynical, burnt-out, addiction-riddled smoker who is made miserable by show business but continues on anyway. He has become one of the most common characters outside of the main Simpson family and has been the focus of several episodes, most of which also spotlight Bart.       From Wikipedia

In the photo below, we have another assortment of wonderful clowns. In front, the stuffed clown dolls are quiet smiley with the one on the left a collectible Knickerbocker stuffed clown. On the back shelf left to right are: 1950s tin, battery operated Violin Clown; Czechoslovakian blown glass clowns; and a 1962 Squeaky the Clown pull toy by Fisher Price. When you pull him along, the head bobs up and down and he squeaks.

Back row: L-R clown playing violin, blown glass L-R Kinckerbocker stuffed clown, 2 other stuffed clowns, Czechoslovakian blown glass clowns, Sqeaky the clown pull toy

detail of the clown on the Czech blown glass clown cornucopia

Here’s a close up detail of the clown figure that’s on two of the Czechoslovakian, blown-glass, pieces.

You guessed it. We just couldn’t resist sharing the wonderful, collectible, variety of clowns available at Bahoukas Antique Mall to help celebrate the most popular horror movie, IT, based on the book IT by Stephen King. Stop in and have some fun!

 

It’s more than just bubbles…

Soaky Bubble Bath Toys

Soaky Bubble Bath Toys - Pinocchio, Bambie and more...

They started in the 60s, but I couldn’t find a lot of information. So I thought along with the photo I would include a couple commercials that you’ll enjoy! Ah yes…. nostalgic memories 🙂

… and perfect for the coming Halloween Season is this fun video ad

Stop by soon and see what fun Soaky Toys we may have and give yourself time to browse the rest of our 2200 sq. ft store!

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!

How Do Your Children Save Money?

Do Kids Still Use a Toy Bank to Save Coins?

cast iron mechanical banks popular in 1800s

Reproductions available at Bahoukas Antiques include the dentist by Stephens, the skeleton – not sure, the black guy is a J&E Steven and the black girl is by John Harper. Original mechanical, cast iron banks were manufactured in the 1800s and created to encourage children to save their money. These banks are frequently referred to as ‘penny banks.’

The golden age of American cast iron banks lasted from 1869 to 1910. There are two types of these banks — still and mechanical. Still banks are primarily repositories and usually take the form of an animal or human figure with a coin slot. Mechanical banks have moving parts and springs and a sequence of movements can be triggered either by simply depositing a coin or more commonly by depositing a coin and pulling a lever.   from Tribstar.com

J&E Stevens Company started in 1843 to manufacture cast-iron hardware, hammers, and a few iron toys.

A turning point in the company’s development came in 1869 with the production of their first cast-iron mechanical bank. This bank, featuring a monkey that popped out of building, inspired numerous competitors to produce similar products and helped create a new genre of product that blended art and function in ways that sparked the imagination and ingenuity of designers. In fact, between 1869 and 1890, the J & E Stevens Company produced more than 300 different models of mechanical banks.    from Connecticut History

WWI created a need for the iron to support the war efforts, essentially ending the company. But the 1920s brought renewed interest in the cast-iron mechanical banks.

Toy collecting, which became popular in the 1920s, exploded in the post-war era thanks to increases in spendable income. Today, original cast-iron banks and toys from the J & E Stevens Company sell for thousands of dollars. The enduring value of these products is a testament to the quality and ingenuity that helped make Connecticut the nation’s leading toy producer for much of the 19th century.   from Connecticut History

Here’s a quick video talking about cast iron mechanical banks from Canadian Pickers! Enjoy!

 

Along with unique cast-iron mechanical banks, we also have a wonderful selection of other banks for saving those coins. Start a great habit for your children and start them early. Stop by and browse our selection at Bahoukas Antique Mall. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Coca Cola in Havre de Grace

Coca Cola Bottling was a solid economic asset in Havre de Grace

1942 Coca Cola Advertising Tray with woman at driver's wheel of a green convertible car and another woman standing and talking to her.Coca Cola has been a part of the Havre de Grace economy for decades. Here’s a small news clip (3rd column a little more than half-way down the page) from the Midland Journal that describes the plant managed by J. C. Hebditch. The date was November 1, 1940. It reads:

Coca Cola By Hebditch
Adhering to the fine principles of production which make Coca Cola the nation’s outstanding drink, the Coca Cola Bottling works has grown rapidly under the management of J. C. Hebditch, who established the plant 17 years ago (1923). It is located in Havre de Grace, on Juniata St.

The modern plant sterilizes every bottle and distrbutes its products throughout the Harford and Cecil counties, keeping service above par at all times. A call for a case of Coca Cola receives prompt attention, with gas and soda orders also filled on prompt schedule.
-The Midland Journal, Friday, November 1, 1940

Another interesting news clip re: J. C. Hebditch of Havre de Grace Coca Cola Bottling Co.

1950 Coca Cola advertising tray with a red-headed lady drinking a CokeRotarian Offers Land For Swimming Pool HAVRE DE GRACE, Md., Sept. 27, 1944 – from The News Journal from Wilmington, DE – J. C. Hebditch, a soft drink company representative for Maryland, has offered a tract of land on the dual highway opposite the Chesapeake Courts for a swimming pool and also has donated $100 toward the $2,000 needed for the civic enterprise. The Havre de Grace Rotary Club, of which Mr. Hebditch is a member, will sponsor the project and has agreed to return all money donations if the pool is not built within eight months after the goal has been reached.

Special Edition Coca Cola Barbie Doll still in box, 1997, Red top, denim vest, red and white checked slacks with various Coca Cola itemsClick here for some fun history from the World of Coca Cola website.

Are you a collector? You might want to check out this page from Coke’s Website!

Ghosts, Dad’s Day, and Bahoukas

It’s Never Dull at Bahoukas Antique Mall!

Collectible Heddon Fishing Lure at Bahoukas

 

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!

 

Vintage tools - early 30s - BahouksFrom 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!

Schedule for May 20, June 3 and July 15, 2017 paranormal investigators at Bahoukas

Have a wonderful Father’s Day Celebration!

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!