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 Bottling was a solid economic asset in Havre de Grace
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.
Rotarian 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.
Click here for some fun history from the World of Coca Cola website.
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!
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
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!
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 Gift Giving Idea – you saw our Christmas Tree decorated with PEZ … but have you seen these?
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.
#20 Gift Giving Idea offers some family-friend time… real time!
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!
Day #12 offers another Tractor for a gift giving idea!
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
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.
Day #9 offers a Famous Brands Kiddy Chest by REMCO
Most 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!
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!
Day #7 of our Gift Giving Ideas for kids – Campbell’s Chuck Wagon Set
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.
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!
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!