Marilyn Monroe Still Intrigues Us

Marilyn wasn’t really a dumb blonde!

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.  __Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe collector plates

She was the victim of ballyhoo and sensation — exploited beyond anyone’s means. __Sir Laurence Olivier

 

Monroe did not own a house until the last year of her life, and had surprisingly few possessions. One that she prized was an autographed photo of Albert Einstein, which included an inscription: “To Marilyn, with respect and love and thanks.”

 

__above quotes from Biography.com

Drop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and see what other items we have related to Marilyn Monroe. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Does Dad Love Games?

We have a BIG game for Dad!

slot machine available at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

This will entertain Dad and his friends for hours and many an evening! Stop in and see what we have available. We also have a jukebox or two as well. Discover Bahoukas. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Does Dad Love Radios?

Father’s Day is June 17th!

Does your Dad love radios? Does he collect them? We have a really beautiful and unique radio from the 1920s.

1920s radio - for the collector - at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD

This is a “FADA Eight” – table model, 1926, wood, low rectangular case, center front dials, loop antenna stores inside when not in use, lift top, 5 knobs, BC, 8 tubes, battery. You can see the loop antenna which would be raised up to ‘receive’ when in use.

Of course, we have a variety of radios for the collector and the curious.

Maybe Dad remembers his first ‘transistor’ radio. We have those, too.

1960s transistor radios came in all sorts of shapes - cars, gas pumps,Snoopy, even a phone and Pet milk can - all at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD

We offer a variety of collectibles that just might bring a big smile when you give it to Dad for Father’s Day. So stop in soon. And yes, of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

Need A Fun Thing To Do (even if it rains)?

VISIT OUR BEER MUZEUM During First Friday!

Thousands of collectible bottles, decanters, mirrors, and more – plus our Nascar Collection is upstairs. If the weather turns out a bit too wet, we’ll be here! Also, don’t forget that tomorrow evening, June 2, we have a …

Paranormal Investigation and Haunted Buildings Walking Tour

… happening from 9pm – 11pm. Let us know you’d like a space reserved for you and friends.

Paranormal Investigation and Haunted Buildings Walking Tour at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya. (If you need one, we even have a few umbrellas). We’re always ready to have fun at Bahoukas!

Metlox Poppytrail Pottery Dinnerware

mid-century modern metlox poppytrail dinnerware pieces available at Bahoukas AntiquesMid-Century Modern California Pottery

These beautiful pieces of Metlox Poppytrail include a butter dish, pitcher, creamer, sugar, and 2 different sizes of serving platters.

… the company expanded into dinnerware and began in 1932 to produce the “200 Series” line of dinnerware. This line was also called “Poppytrail.” The company garnered a great deal of positive response due to offering this dinnerware line.   __replacements.com

__from Wikipedia

The first line of pottery produced, “Poppytrail,” became well known for its brightly colored glazes derived from locally mined metallic oxides. Subsequent lines included “Nostalgia,” “Red Rooster,” “California Provincial,” “Colonial Homestead,” “Homestead Provincial,” and “Colorstax.”

In the 1950s Metlox introduced a line of modernist dinnerware featuring free form designs and squared plates using “blanks” that were then decorated with designs and colors. These were then marketed under the pattern names of “California Contempra”, “California Modern” and “California Freeform” names.

The company operated from 1927 until 1989.

Stop in and see this beautiful set. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 43 of Bahoukas 44 Days of Gift Giving Ideas

Need a Bit of Last Minute Holiday Decor?

Candles – candles – candles will help to complete the decorations!

Collectible Santa candles at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

From very collectible candle figures above that include Santa, snowmen, Mrs. Claus, carolers, teddy bears and reindeer, we have a wonderful assortment of candles and candle holders to add the final touch to your holiday decorations!

small Christmas figure candles at Bahoukas Antiques    Tall electric Christmas candles to add to your front porch or large entryway from Bahoukas in Havre de Grace  wooden and metal candle holders for your home decor available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

The above photos show more selection to our holiday figures, tall electric candle-lights for porch, deck or large entry way, and a sample of metal or wood candle holders. Beautiful additions to add a bit of ‘festive’ to your holiday decorating.

Below are several examples of candle holders that would add a taste of class to your holiday table or mantle. But they’re also beautiful and will add to your home decor in any season.

candlewick glass candleholders among the collectibles at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

Above is a sample from our Candlewick Glass collectibles. These candle holders will add sparkle and warmth to your holiday. They were very popular beginning in the late 30s and on…

Under the leadership of Newton—with the help of designer Carl W. Gustkey—Imperial rebounded. In 1936, responding to the increasing popularity of elegant glass, Imperial released what would become its most successful line: Candlewick. The name was inspired by a Colonial-style needlework technique called candlewicking, and the design featured colorless pieces with small decorative glass beads around the top of each piece. By the 1950s, Imperial was producing more than 200 items in the Candlewick line, which was competing with Fostoria’s American line and Cambridge’s Rosepoint.    from CollectorsWeekly

Below is a sampling of candle holders from just one of our many shelves of collectibles at Bahoukas. 

Sampling of candle holders at Bahoukas

Needless to say, even in the least hours before the big celebrations for the holidays, we have some excellent choices to add warmth and charm to your home decor. Hurry in … we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 37 – of 44 Days of Gift Giving Ideas

Transistor Radios for a Gift! You bet…

1960s transistor radios came in all sorts of shapes - cars, gas pumps,Snoopy, even a phone and Pet milk can - all at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD

Yes, these amazing collectibles are transistor radios. What fun! At top they include: Sinclair Gasoline radio, a beautiful Cadillac Convertible 1963, and Snoopy! On the bottom is a 1931 Rolls Royce, an Essex radio in a black leather case, and yes, a fun transistor radio in a PET Milk Can.

 

But wait, there’s more.

Look at this beautiful phone that is a transistor radio

from the 1960s with a lighter in the handset!

 

Do you remember your first transistor radio? The “weblady” remembers a boy in the neighborhood who had a brand new bike that had a radio built into it. WOW! The ingenuity of the design for transistor radios were often pieces of art … and more often used for advertising.

No matter, you know you need to get your holiday gift purchases completed soon… we have a week! So hurry on in to Bahoukas in Havre de Grace and know that we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

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HERCULES is also celebrating an anniversary!

The Disney film from 1997 celebrates 20 years in 2017 – WOW! My how time flies when we’re having so much fun. Here’s a photo of a few of the HERCULES items we have in the shop. These are 5″ figures 1996 by ToyBiz Inc for Disney. They include Mole-Man, She-Demon, Mesomorph, Xena and Centaur. Great stocking stuffers for the young ones or for the ‘big kid’ who still collects them!

Hercules Collectibles at Bahoukas

We also carry X-Men, Star Wars, Star Trek, GI Joe, and other action figures. Hurry in to choose the figure you – or someone special you know – would like to have!

Below is the trailer for the original HERCULES movie from Walt Disney Pictures!

ENJOY! Then hurry in to Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, MD. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 26 of Our 44 Days of Gift Giving Ideas

SNOW WHITE and the SEVEN DWARFS
celebrate their 80th Anniversary!

If you’ve met George at Bahoukas Antique Mall, you already know that he loves Cinderella, PEZ collectibles, and so much more. He’s a big kid and enjoys sharing what he loves. Yep, that’s one of the big reasons for BAHOUKAS!

Bahoukas celebrates the 80th Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

In the photo above, we share a few of our Snow White collectibles: including l to r: Sneezy, Bashful, Happy Dopey, Doc, Grumpy and Sleepy. These are 5″ tall, made of pvc from the 1970s, (c)Walt Disney Production! The Snow White doll is a 1940s composition doll by Knickerbocker.

Bahoukas also has sheet music, an original book from the 30s, a Dopey Bank from the 60s – ceramic – 1937, a Dopey Lamp about 7″ tall, and a Snow White PEZ Dispenser!

Disney joined SAKS Fifth Avenue in NYC to unveil their holiday windows celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

Just in case you visit New York City for the Holidays, don’t forget to check out the beautiful holiday windows at SAKS Fifth Avenue Store. Created to celebrate 80 years of Snow White and our favorite little guys!

 

Stop in at Bahoukas soon. We can help you find that unique gift you’ve been searching for. Hurry… the count down is on. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

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CARD GAMES make for family time

Variety of card games for holiday gift giving from Bahoukas Antiques!

We have a wonderful variety of card games  – the ones at the top were from the 70s when 3M was creating games. In the basket are a variety of card games for kids of all ages – flash cards to crazy eights and everything inbetween. Remember, you can turn off the electronics, gather around the table, and enjoy laughter and chatter and a bit of competition when you open one of these card decks. Don’t forget we have puzzles and board games and more.

Visit Bahoukas Antique Mall soon and grab a couple stocking stuffers before our selection is picked over. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

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Entertaining Comes to Mind for This Gift-Giving Idea

Before Thanksgiving we mentioned some fine decorating ideas for  your holiday table. We were thinking white and gold.

But today we offer shades of Ruby Red.

Hobnail Ruby Glass place setting, candy dish, sugar and creamer plus Avon Cape Cod Collection candlesticks and Salt and Pepper set found at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

This sampling for festive holiday entertaining is a bit different from our white and gold that we posted earlier. Here we have Hobnail Ruby Glass place setting, candy dish, sugar and creamer, plus candlesticks and a salt & pepper set from the Avon Cape Cod Collection.

Entertaining should be fun and festive. Whether you’re looking for an entire set or just a few pieces, we have some wonderful items for you to choose from. We encourage you to hurry in to Bahoukas Antique Mall and pick out a few pieces to add to your holiday dining table, buffet table and mantle. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

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Gifts for a Particular Year

Gift giving never has to be a challenge… instead think of it as a creative endeavor. Would a special person on your list appreciate a gift that shares some interesting history about the birth year, or the year you met, or another significant time in their lives? For instance an old magazine from their birthdate or birth year will most certainly create conversation as folks share stories that they remember.

Bianca Isofache

old magazines from unsplash.com

Here, at Bahoukas Antique Mall, we have a number of old magazines that just might ‘fill the bill’ for that year you’re looking for. Or maybe it’s a childhood book that you find among our shelves that would be a real hit for a gift!

old Post and Life magazines at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Another unique item can be music from a given year. This, too, can bring a flurry of conversation… and quite often, dancing! And yes, we have record players if you need one!

Mr Cup / Fabien Barral

old record albums in bins from unsplash.com

Looking for a collectible plate with a certain year,

… or a toy from a particular era, or maybe a toy related to a tv show of years gone by are a few more ways a collectible can make a perfect gift. We highly recommend that if you give a collectible item to a younger person, encourage them to find the tv show, commercial, or other piece of info about the item by searching on the internet. That bridges the generations and also brings a collectible to life!

We have old board games,

…license plates, sports items including collectible cards, models and hot wheel cars, Angels of the Year figures, Barbie Dolls, and even World’s Fair memorabilia. So come on, put you’re thinking cap on and start remembering those ‘good ole days’ … because you just might find a gift that will not just be a box to unwrap, but will become the ‘life of the party’ as you all share memories – we consider this the perfect gift.

Visit our blog posts for 44 Days of Gift Giving if you need more ideas to tickle your imagination.

The countdown is on…. Christmas is definitely close… so stop in and let us help you find the perfect gift at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

Day 14 – 44 Days of Gift Giving Ideas from Bahoukas

Black Friday and Elvis!

ELVIS memorabilia available at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

Rolling Stone magazine shared the following:

Elvis Presley was rock & roll’s first real star, not to mention one of the most important cultural forces in history, a hip-shaking symbol of liberation for the staid America of the 1950s. A white Southerner singing blues laced with country, and country laced with gospel, he brought together American music from both sides of the color line and performed it with a natural sexuality that made him a teen idol and role model for generations of cool rebels. He was repeatedly dismissed as vulgar, incompetent, and a bad influence, but the force of his music and his image was no mere merchandising feat. Presley signaled to mainstream culture that it was time to let go. Four decades after his death, Presley’s image and influence remain undiminished. While certainly other artists preceded him to the alter of rock & roll, he is indisputably The King.

Variety of ELVIS memorabilia

We have an entire section dedicated to ELVIS – THE KING including music wind-ups, Gold Records, Whiskey Decanters, telephone, collector plates & tins, AM Radio, dolls, figurines, stamps, puzzles, and shot glasses. If you loved ELVIS, or know someone who does, we can definitely help you find the perfect gift for your or their collection! Check out this awesome youtube video …. just in case you forgot how amazing ELVIS was!

 

Here are a few more photos of a small portion of our ELVIS COLLECTIBLES available at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. Stop by soon and pick up the perfect ELVIS collectible for you pleasure or to give as a gift this holiday. Don’t forget – we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

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Don’t be ‘puzzled’ – it means 37 days left…

Puzzles for all ages available at Bahoukas

I’ll bet you haven’t thought of Bahoukas to find unique puzzles for the “enigmatologist” on your list! Well, here’s a sampling of what we have available. From JigSaw puzzles for children and adults, a Rubix Cube, and a variety of uniquely shaped puzzles in nearly every form.

enigmatologist

noun [countable]

someone who studies and writes mathematical, word or logic puzzles

enigmatology also enigmatography

noun [uncountable]

‘The annual war with words was spawned a quarter-century ago by enigmatologist Will Shortz, current puzzle editor of The New York Times.’

from DALLAS MORNING NEWS 9TH MARCH 2003

Do you love crossword puzzles?

Will Shortz - National Public Radio's (NPR's) puzzle master
We have a few books around our shop. But we also found this interesting website for the ‘cruciverbalist on you list.
Maybe you follow Will Shortz as the Puzzle Master on his Weekend Edition Sunday Morning NPR program!
Will also edits the NY Times Crossword Puzzle.
If you love these, just do a search for Will Shortz and NPR Puzzle Master or the New York Times for plenty of information about Will and also plenty about solving puzzles.
Have fun! But don’t forget to stop by our shop to find that intriguing puzzle that may stump one of those puzzle-lovers on your gift list. Well, at least for an hour or two!
We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 2 – Gift Giving Idea from Bahoukas

E.T. Phone Home!

On Day 2 of our 44 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas we are reminded of our family holidays and traditions. Then we thought about E.T. asking to ‘phone home.’ For the lover of all things E.T., we have the following that includes a very collectible lunch box (thermos included), E.T. glass, and several different sizes of E.T. figures, some with movable parts. Of course, there’s plenty more lunch box collections and movie memorabilia.

ET lunch box and thermos, glass, and figures in several different sizes all at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Below is a great youtube video from the movie, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. A great movie … so grab a copy or look for it on the internet and join the kids for a great evening of movie watching and popcorn. Of course, that’ll be right after they’ve opened their Christmas gift and received an E.T. collectible. In the mean time, take some time to ‘phone home’ and let those you love know that you’re thinking of them. Stop in soon to Bahoukas Antique Mall. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

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!

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!