We have a variety of transistor radios and other electronics that came into our shop recently. Many are in their original boxes.
Get a Great Start or a Perfect Addition to Your Radio Collection
Radios – to collect or to add a bit of pizzazz to your decor
There are as many reasons to collect radios as there is the number of collectors. Nostalgia is often the ‘start’ when you found a radio that reminds you of the one you owned as a kid. We have a delightful variety of transistor radios (and more) in our shop.
You may have grown up in the era when families gathered around their radio to listen to the President address the nation (especially Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt), or possibly listen to your favorite baseball team. Many still remember some of the early radio shows from Amos and Andy and Burns and Allen, The Shadow, Popeye, and even Gunsmoke was first a radio show!
The earliest radio programs of the 1920s were largely unsponsored; radio stations were a service designed to sell radio receivers. By the late 1920s, radio had reached critical mass and saturated the market, necessitating a change in business model. The sponsored musical feature soon became most popular program format. Most early radio sponsorship came in the form of selling the naming rights to the program, as evidenced by such programs as The A&P Gypsies, Champion Spark Plug Hour, The Clicquot Club Eskimos, and King Biscuit Time; commercials as they are known in the modern era were still relatively uncommon and considered intrusive. During the 1930s and 1940s, the leading orchestras were heard often through big band remotes, and NBC’s Monitor continued such remotes well into the 1950s by broadcasting live music from New York City jazz clubs to rural America.
Maybe you remember Kate Smith, or Bob Hope, or even War of the Worlds!
The history of the radio is very much linked to our country’s history. Radios were used to help us through bad economic times, wars, and more. It was a time when the nation shared the same experience: gathered around their radios and listening to the same news and other programming.
We have floor model radios and a new selection of recently acquired table and portable models. Stop in soon and see how beautiful some of these are. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya.
Does your Dad love radios? Does he collect them? We have a really beautiful and unique radio from the 1920s.
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.
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!
This unique piece recently arrived at our shop. The label on this 16mm film says “National Beer Sports Film” and also “Orioles in Action” with the number “Harco 603.” Also on the label is: “from Chesapeake Bay … Land of Pleasant Living.” It was created by WLVA radio station and is dated Sept. 29, 1961!
We are not sure if it’s an entire game or a series of highlights. If someone doesn’t grab this very unique piece, George may try to find a working 16mm film projector to check it out.
For those who love old films, National Beer, and/or the Orioles of 1961 – it’s a great piece! Don’t forget that we’re less than 5 weeks from Christmas. This would make a beer collector drool!
RC Cola Collectible Cans
It seems that since Covid-19 decided to impose itself on our lives, folks have turned to collecting again. Baseball cards have definitely been one of those items that have gained new fans.
This collection 1970s RC Cola cans feature baseball players with their photos and stats on the can. We thought that those who might have renewed their interest in baseball memorabilia would enjoy checking out this collection of RC Cola cans!
We have a large collection of these cans. Are you ready to start a new collection – or maybe complete one you already have started? Well, don’t hesitate. Stop in today and we’ll point you in the right direction!
Stop in today and chat with George. And you bet, they’re watchin’ for ya!
Looking for unusual, and often forgotten, items, we found these up on a shelf. We have quite a selection of old Player Piano Music Rolls.
First, let me explain what a player piano is. According to Wikipedia:
A player piano (also known as pianola) is a self-playing piano, containing a pneumatic or electro-mechanical mechanism that operates the piano action via pre-programmed music recorded on perforated paper, or in rare instances, metallic rolls, with more modern implementations using MIDI. The rise of the player piano grew with the rise of the mass-produced piano for the home in the late 19th and early 20th century. Sales peaked in 1924, then declined as the improvement in phonograph recordings due to electrical recording methods developed in the mid-1920s. The advent of electrical amplification in home music reproduction via radio in the same period helped cause their eventual decline in popularity, and the stock market crash of 1929 virtually wiped out production.
Now we’ll add a video to actually show you how it works. The first minute or so shows it before it’s fully repaired. About half-way through, you can see and hear it working. Pretty cool, huh?
So, what DO we do with these piano rolls?
Well, if you don’t have a player piano, you might want to consider a craft or two where these would be amazing. If you search Pinterest, you’ll find hundreds of ways to incorporate these rolls.
On the other hand, are you an artist who loves working with paper? Then you may already see a dozen uses. I’m wondering if those folks who sculpt using old books might find these of interest. Hmmmm….
CLICK HERE for just one blog post I found that’s pretty interesting. There are lots more.
If you’re still trying to picture using these rolls in a craft, view this blog post we found.
Of course, now that you realize how beautiful these piano player rolls really are, you might want to stop in and grab a couple for yourself. Want a dozen or more, or even all of them, talk to George for a deal. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
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!
Senet (or Senat) is a board game from Predynastic and ancient Egypt. The oldest hieroglyph representing a Senet game dates to around 3100 BC. The full name of the game inEgyptian was zn.t n.t ḥˁb meaning the “game of passing”.
Nefertari playing Senet. Painting in tomb of Egyptian QueenNefertari (1295–1255 BC). from OriginalPeople.org
Well, we don’t have a game of Senet in our shop … but we do have quite a variety of games. The following shows only a few of the many available: Beverly Hillbillies card game, Cootie, Password, original Master Mind, Backgammon, The Standard RADIO Game, and Cribbage. But these is merely a small sampling of the many games we have available for all ages!
We have a number of chess sets and many games for younger kids.
Ever wonder who invented board games? Here’s a great article:
People were playing board games earlier than we have any records. Probably the first board games were scratched into dirt. People played with stones or fruit pits for pieces. … About 400 BC people in China began to play a form of chess, and gradually people in India and Central Asia learned to play chess. Greater interest in board games led to the Indian invention of Parcheesi around 300 AD, and a version of Chutes and Ladders about 1200 AD. from quatr.com
Is your family no longer playing board games? Is everyone on their phones, iPads or glued to a computer game? Do you want to get back to some real family time again!
Games don’t need to be overtly academic to be educational, however. Just by virtue of playing them, board games can teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others. Board games can foster the ability to focus, and lengthen your child’s attention span by encouraging the completion of an exciting, enjoyable game. Even simple board games like Chutes and Ladders offer meta-messages and life skills: Your luck can change in an instant — for the better or for the worse. The message inherent in board games is: Never give up. Just when you feel despondent, you might hit the jackpot and ascend up high, if you stay in the game for just a few more moves.
Stop into Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, Maryland, soon. Pick out a game or two. Wrap ’em up and place them under the tree. Then when Christmas Day and Dinner begin to move into slow gear, bring out a game or two and enjoy your family and friends.
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.
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 ELVISwas!
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!
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.
someone who studies and writes mathematical, word or logic puzzles
enigmatology also enigmatography
‘The annual war with words was spawned a quarter-century ago by enigmatologist Will Shortz, current puzzle editor of The New York Times.’
Cards and Puppets to Model Planes and Transistor Radios
Airline Memorabilia is both fun and interesting. In front (l to right) is a Panam 747 friction plane model, a deck of cards, another PAN AM plane with a transister radio, a silverware set from American Airlines and one from United Air plus a TWA fork, pilot wings from TWA, North West, and American Air. In back is a battery-operated Pan Am plane and a United Air Lines puppet.
Looking for even more unique pieces?
Check out the TIKI statue from United Airlines Hawaii.
This piece is in excellent condition!
Or maybe you love Air India…
‘We call him a Maharajah for want of a better description. But his blood isn’t blue. He may look like royalty, but he isn’t royal.’ These are the words of Bobby Kooka, the man who conceived the Maharajah.
This now familiar lovable figure first made his appearance in Air India way back in 1946, when Bobby Kooka as Air India’s Commercial Director and Umesh Rao, an artist with J.Walter Thompson Ltd., Mumbai, together created the Maharajah. from The Air India Brand
This quote from the website for Air India shares a good deal of fun information on the development of their brand identities.
We also found this interesting site for anyone who may want to learn more about Airline Memorabilia. Enjoy!
Welcome to the World Airline Historical Society. We are dedicated to preserving the history of the airlines of the world. Our contributors are experts in all facets of airline memorabilia, and the WAHS sponsors the annual Airliners International™ convention, for over 40 years, the world’s largest airline collectibles show. Access to our current articles and archives is free, all we ask is that you register so we can keep you updated on Airliners International and special events. Welcome and ENJOY! from World Airline Historical Society Online
As always, we encourage you to visit Bahoukas Antique Mall in historic, downtown Havre de Grace. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Lionel Barrymore is best known for his character “Mr. Potter” in the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life. Of course he is known for many other performances in movies, stage and radio. But did you know he was also …
Composer; graphic artist; novelist
Barrymore also composed music. His works ranged from solo piano pieces to large-scale orchestral works, such as “Tableau Russe,” which was performed twice in Dr. Kildare’s Wedding Day (1941), first by Nils Asther on piano and later by a full symphony orchestra. His piano compositions, “Scherzo Grotesque” and “Song Without Words”, were published by G. Schirmer in 1945. Upon the death of his brother John in 1942, he composed a memoriam, which was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also composed the theme song of the radio program Mayor of the Town.
Barrymore was a skillful graphic artist, creating etchings and drawings. For years, he maintained an artist’s shop and studio attached to his home in Los Angeles. Some of his etchings were included in the Hundred Prints of the Year.
He wrote a historical novel, Mr. Cantonwine: A Moral Tale (1953). from Wikipedia
This place mat is titled “San Pedro” and is part of a set created by Lionel Barrymore.
We have a beautiful set of dinner mats (place mats) from this well known actor who would rather sketch than act. He loved the sea. This beautiful set of place mats would be wonderful on your table or even, perhaps, framed and hung on a wall. They were originally “presented with the compliments and good wishes of The Holland Mfg. Company of Baltimore, NY.”
This place mat is titled “Point Pleasant” and is part of a set created by Lionel Barrymore.
A few other unique pieces tucked among our 2200 sq ft of wonderful antiques and collectibles include these smaller pieces. On the left is an adorable baby with teddy bear that has a curved cover with black decoration, painted by Charlotte Cox Becker. Born in 1901 and died in 1984, she lived and worked in both Germany and the U.S. and is best known for children’s book illustration, figure and genre, lithography. Her baby pictures were very popular and still are today. We do not have any information on the silhouettes.
As you have seen here, art is very much a part of the wonderful discoveries you might make when browsing the many shelves and corners of Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. We look forward to giving you a warm ‘hello’ next time you drop by. See you soon!
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!
Do you remember waiting for the opportunity to gather all the stamps your mom or grandmom collected
so that you could lick ’em and stick ’em in the books!
It was exciting to see how many pages or books you could fill. Oftentimes, it meant that something you really, really wanted might be possible through the S&H Green Stamps Catalog.
But do you know they first arrived on the American retail scene in 1896!!! That’s true! Their heyday was throughout the 1960s-70s. S&H Green Stamps were so popular that they were mentioned in songs, movies and tv shows. The Beatles and Pat Boone are just two of the number who mention them in song or movie. As late as 2001 they were mentioned in the moving, Riding in Cars with Boys.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the term “green stamps” was commonly used by truckers and other motorists on Citizens’ Band (CB) radios to refer to money; for instance, a radio operator advising fellow operators that “Ol’ Smokie just got some of my green stamps” was understood to be saying a highway patrolman had just stopped him and given him a traffic ticket. This usage still occurs in the CB radio community._________from Wikipedia
Even truckers used the term to replace the word ‘money’ in their chatter. Most surprisingly, you can still redeem those old S&H Green Stamps for S&H GreenPoints and get a gift certificate. Really – it’s true! Just click on the image below to go to the website.
Now that’s what I call longevity in the world of ‘loyalty programs.’ To learn plenty more details go to WIKIPEDIA! Some great trivia here. ENJOY!
Since I didn’t give you a Ghost Story… you’ll definitely want to check this out!
That’s right. Our Dead of Night Paranormal Investigators will return
Saturday, May 20th from 9-midnight
to give you the opportunity to meet some of our less visible entities.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW – CALL GEORGE!
This Icy Ball (which weighs nearly 40 pounds) was used for refrigeration in the 1920s. It was manufactured by the Crosley Radio Corporation. It was actually a pretty amazing piece of equipment. Listen to George explain how it was used.
In addition, we found this interesting post where Aberdeen Proving Ground did some testing on this concept as late as 1974! This particular Icy Ball was actually used by the Pitcock Brothers in this very building back in the day! Want to know more about how it works? Check out this photo!
Sometimes the sound of typewriter keys is exactly what an aspiring writer needs to hear. And just think, no need to depend on power. Light a candle or a kerosene lamp and get to work! Of course, we doubt you’ll need to do that. But, just in case, the author can keep on putting those words to paper!
This ROYAL manual typewriter is from 1963. Ribbons are still available online. Just check with George, he’ll tell you where to get them.
Royal was one of the longest-lived typewriter manufacturers. They introduced their first typewriter, the Royal #1, in 1906 and did not stop manufacturing tyepwriters until the 1970s. The company still exists, albeit having undergone many incarnations as part of various parent companies. Today, Royal is owned by Olivetti and still sells typewriters, though none with the famous Royal brand.
Even more interesting, in 1972 they actually manufactured a typewriter with a square, fake wood grain, clamshell lid with a transistor radio built in!!! WOW! The things you learn! Stop in and visit, we’ve had lots more very, very, very unique items.
About Us Whatever you’re looking for… BAHOUKAS has it! Just a sampling of what we have to offer: OLD TOYS… many “new” old stock from the ’40s and ’50s PEZ Trains Tools Kitchen ELVIS Sports Collectables Oil Paintings, Art...