Lucite Clamshell Phone 1970s

During the 1970s phone subscribers were permitted to own decorative housings for their phones for the first time.
Teleconcepts was one of the pioneers that provided innovative decorative phones.

from WORTHPOINT.com

This unique and quite charming clamshell phone is the “Shellamar” by Teleconcepts. It has a retractable fabric cord and YES, it absolutely works. I believe the color would be ‘caramel.’

Did you know deregulation brought us these phone designs?

The Deregulated Phone
The 1977 breakup of AT&T revolutionized telephone design, which had been, as Michael Sorkin noted, “sheltered from the vagaries of taste and the manipulations of the marketplace.” The phone was no longer a standardized, leased portal into AT&T’s network; it became an object unto itself, with results that verged on a kind of giddy kitsch, as if people were overcompensating for the long gray-flannel winter. “Today Alexander Graham Bell’s invention comes in a menagerie of forms,” the New York Times wrote in 1986, “that include Coca-Cola bottles, toucans, peekaboo Lucite globes and, in the case of the desk-top Versailles phone, with a reproduction Renoir discreetly planted in the number card.” 

from SLATE
A variety of decorative phones that include Cabbage Patch Doll image, turkey, airplane, and Fashion Shoe.
Cabbage Patch phone, Turkey phone, Airplane phone The Farmer’s Novelty Phones/gifarmer.com; Shoe phone dldt via ebay. from SLATE.com

What fun it is to consider the changing look and feel of telephones and the continuing changes from big, boxy, cell phones to our modern-day ‘smart’ phone where the telephone function is a small part of the instrument!

scene from the movie Wall Street with Gordon Gekko talking on his Motorola DynaTAC phone!
from MASIP

In 1973, the company came up with a prototype of the world’s first portable cellular telephone, using the DynaTAC (Dynamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage) system. In the year 1983, the world’s first commercial hand-held cellular phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X phone, got FCC’s approval.

Weighing in at 28-ounce (794-gram), it went on sale the following year. The device used to take 10 hours to fully charge, and offered around 30 minutes of talk-time. Capable of saving last 30 dialed numbers, it carried a price tag of $3,995.

from GSMArena

The Motorola DynaTAC (1983)

The phone had long appeared in advertisements in the hands of executives as they sat in their cocoons of power, surveying their empire below, but a new kind of power was typified in the 1987 film Wall Street, in which Michael Douglas’ Gordon Gekko clutches a Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. “Oh, jeez, I wish you could see this,” he tells Bud Fox, as he walks a Hamptons beach, “the lights coming up over the water.” It’s like an advertisement for dominion over place: You can’t be here, but I can, and I’m going to use this wonderful instrument to remind you of that fact. A descendent of Motorola’s walkie-talkie work for the military (and looking like it), the DynaTAC, designed by Rudy Krolopp, came on the market in 1984, at just below $4,000 and 28 ounces. 

from SLATE

The LUCITE CLAMSHELL PHONE is a beautiful collectible from 50 years ago that reminds many of us just how quickly things have changed. We look forward to showing you this great piece and any collection ‘of our many collections’ that you might want to peruse. Yes… we are watchin’ for ya!

Like to Sew?

Well, maybe you don’t like to sew. But these thread cabinets could easily be upcycled for any unique project you might have.

DID YOU KNOW THREAD SPOOLS WERE ONCE RECYCLED?

It was not until about 1800 that manufactured cotton thread was available to the hand sewers in the United States and Europe. Before that, textiles were sewn with silk or linen thread, and rarely homespun cotton or wool thread. At first, they were sold in hanks as some yarns still are. Thread came on wooden spools beginning about 1820. Like our beverage bottles, the spools could be returned for a deposit, to be refilled. In the mid-19th century, during the Industrial Revolution, textile manufacturing processes were some of the first to be modernized including the manufacture of cotton sewing thread.

from Post-Journal
Beautiful 1800s vintage sewing thread display case at Bahoukas Antiques.

What Ideas Might You Have?

Maybe you collect small items and the drawers would be perfect to store them and pull them out for display. Or possibly, you love notepaper and cards. These drawers might be perfect for keeping your collection. OR!!! Possibly a perfect place to store sheets of wrapping paper or even your artwork!

Love More History of Threads?

Photo from ScienceHistory.org showing a man working at DuPont's nylon production plant in Wilmington, DE, 1938
Images from DuPont’s nylon production plant in Wilmington, Delaware, 1938 (clockwise from top left). Mike McCall pours nylon chips into a hopper; the chips will be melted, measured out and filtered before being spun into filament. An unidentified worker oversees the operation of a draw twister, which twists polymer fibers into thread. Violet Grenda inspects skeins of nylon yarn.
Joseph X. Labovsky Collection, Science History Institute

DuPont in Wilmington, DE in the 1940s manufactured fully synthetic nylon thread. During WWII it was very difficult for women to get hosiery because they were made from silk thread, imported from Japan. DuPont worked to create a substitute that we know as ‘nylon stockings.’ If I remember correctly, the late Phil Barker, a former mayor of Havre de Grace, first worked at DuPont. He started out just cleaning, working up to ‘doffing’ – removing empty spools from the machines.

Of course, you probably have a very unique idea for using one or both of these beautiful 1800s sewing thread cabinets. Let us know how YOU might use them! Yes, we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Are You A Petrolianan?

Okay, maybe that’s not a real word. But a person who collects “petroliana” is collecting gasoline and the oil business memborabilia.

Gas Stations on Every Corner

In the early days of automobile travel, service stations were unfamiliar and often poorly lit at night. So lighted gas-pump globes and other oil company signage were key to reassuring and drawing in motorists. And since pumping gas was a new experience, early pumps allowed motorists to see if the gasoline was clean (through a small glass window), and later to watch the price as the gas was pumped (a major innovation).

from Collectors Weekly

Do you remember when every busy intersection had a gas station on each corner? How many different brand names do you remember?

Reproduction gasoline signs - Firebird, Esso - at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Reproduction Gasoline Signage at Bahoukas

We wonder if there will be similar scenes where there will be electric charging stations everywhere designed to keep our cars and trucks moving? What do you think?

Stop in and chat. Since a number of folks ask for these fun collectibles, we found a nice selection for you to browse. Think holiday gift-giving!! It’s not too early to start – after all, 14 weekends from now you’ll be open gifts under the tree. WOW! And, of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

What Can We Learn From Old Newspapers?

Bahoukas has just received an interesting collection of old newspapers.

Ephemera

Old newspapers can give us the feel of a particular time period, details of history from the news stories and editorials, and a good deal about life through their ads and human interest stories. So why do people collect them?

Well, often they’ve kept papers from a historical period – a war, presidential news, disasters, and such. Sometimes a newspaper may connect to a particular birthdate, death, a favorite sports team, and other more personal topics.

Kennedy Assassination

Photo of the newspaper: The Philadelphia Inquirer of Nov, 23, 1963 - Kennedy Shot to Death - Johnson is Sworn in as President

Newspaper: The New York Times, Nov. 24, 1963 - headlines: Kennedy's Body Lies in White House; Johnson at Helm with Wide Backing; Police Say Prinsoner is the Assassin
newspaper Delaware County Daily Times, Mon. Nov 25, 1963
Headline: Kennedy's Assassin Is Dead

LINDBERGH

This 1927 newspaper is in good condition for coming out of someone’s attic.

Japanese Surrender – WWII

newspaper: The New York Times, Wed. Aug. 15, 1945 
Headlines: Japan Surrenders, End of War! Emperor Accepts Allied Rule; M'Arthur Supreme Commander; Our Manpower Curbs Voided

newspaper: The New York Times, Sun. Sept 2, 1945
Headlines: Japan Surrenders to Allies, Signs Rigid Terms on Warship; Truman Sets Today as V-J Day

We have others in our recently acquired collection of old newspapers. It’s so interesting to read from the very day of these events. In many cases, these are complete newspapers giving you the opportunity to really get the atmosphere in our country surrounding these historic moments!

Why Would Anyone Collect Newspapers?

Sometimes, newspapers writing of historical events were tucked away only to be left in their hideaway for a later generation to discover. But there are collectors who save papers of historical significance. Others collect them for the feel of a particular time period, a birth or obituary, news of someone famous or notorious, and for an event in the family’s life.

There are even collectors who love to save the advertisements, whether for a particular product or brand, or just advertising in general.

Whatever the reasons, we have a rather wonderful collection that, if you love old newspapers, you may want to come in and take a peek. And you can be sure – we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Nascar-Coca Cola

Classy Pedal Car

This amazing Nascar – Coca Cola pedal car is in great condition. What a perfect item for your collection. Or even better – what a wonderful gift for a youngster in your life.

Coca Cola teams up with Nascar and this pedal car is just awesome!
Coca-Cola / Nascar Pedal Car

This was a promotion item used for window displays. Stop in and see if for yourself. Don’t forget, the days are growing shorter and Christmas isn’t really far away! In any case, you know we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

L.S.M.F.T.

Lucky Strikes Means Fine Tobacco

Do you remember that? We may be smoking less today, but anyone of a ‘certain age’ will remember that slogan for Lucky Strikes cigarettes. Maybe you remember buying a pack of candy cigarettes and riding on your bicycle pretending to be smoking. Okay, okay… maybe you didn’t. (chuckle)

TOBACCIANA

2 corn cob pipes, wood-carved pipe available at Bahoukas
2 corn cob pipes and a wood-carved pipe

Tobacciana is the collecting of anything tobacco-related. Old tins, cigarette packs, cigarette papers, pipes, ashtrays, tobacco tins, etc.

Choosing a favorite among tobacco memorabilia may be the most challenging aspect of this hobby. From the art to the accessories, selecting which items to collect is a great challenge. 

from go-star.com
cigar ash tray, corn cob and wood carved pipes, smoking tobacco pack and cigarette pack, hand-carved vuffalo and owl pipes
corn cob and wood-carved pipes, cigarettes, smoking tobacco, cigar ashtray, hand-carved buffalo and owl pipes.
close-up of the buffalo and owl hand-carved pipes

If you really want to delve into the world of Tobacciana, you may want to check out this Tobacco Pipe Glossary. In the meantime, stop in and see just what we have in our Tobacciana Collection! Of course, we’re watchin’ for ya and can’t wait to say, “Welcome to Bahoukas!”

Vintage Photos & Tintypes

Why Collect Old Photos?

If you’ve browsed an antique shop, you’ve most likely noticed the old photos in boxes, stacked in corners. You’ve also most likely been drawn to one or two, wondering where the place is or who are those people. You may have even commented on their attire or the sternness in their expression. The article connected to the following quote is a very easy and interesting read.

The People Who Collect Strangers’ Memories

In gathering old photographs of daily life, family scenes, and illness, hobbyists get an intimate view into past lives.

from The ATlantic
photo that looks like an old school building c. 1906
c. 1906 – looks like an old school building

There are many reasons old photographs are collected. Some folks are looking for certain locations while others may be collecting a category, say, a particular advertising, old motorcycles, vintage farm photos, portraits. You name it, someone’s collecting it.

But we’re most assuredly pulled into wondering about the story behind the photo.

photo of a Farrell Auto Co. advertising BUICK
Farrell Auto Co. photo advertising BUICK
vintage photos of people
Vintage photos – don’t you wonder about who they are?

What To Do With The Found Vintage Photos You Love

Feeling crafty? This article gives some great ways to incorporate those vintage photos into your decor. CLICK HERE for the article from salvagedliving.com

TINTYPES

Tintypes

We also have a few tintypes in our store. Do you know what “tintypes” are?

tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion. Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s, but lesser use of the medium persisted into the early 20th century and it has been revived as a novelty and fine art form in the 21st.

from wikipedia

It might also be of interest to you to learn why tintypes are so special.

Tintypes are a very early type of antique photograph dating back to the late 19th century. 

… There is no negative in the tintype process, making each one a rare, one-of-a-kind photograph. Tintypes are valuable capsules of history and should only be directly worked on by an archival specialist. Today virtually all tintype images needing restoration are restored digitally on the computer.

from Our EveryDay Life

CLICK HERE for an intriguing article that explains much more about the markings on a tintype and also how to get some clues from the photo. It’s a really interesting piece.

So there you have it. We have vintage photos and a few tintypes. Stop in and see if something catches your fancy or adds to a particular collection you may have. In the meantime, be assured. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Might You Be A Deltiologist?

OOOOooooo… DELTIOLOGIST – another fun word.

Deltiology … is the study and collection of postcards. Professor Randall Rhoades of Ashland, Ohio, coined a word in 1945 that became the accepted description of the study of picture postcards. It initially took about 20 years for the name to appear in a dictionary.

from wikipedia

Our feature photo shows a variety of postcards for different holidays. But we have plenty more throughout the store.

Postcards are considered “ephemera:”

things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.”there were papers, letters, old boxes—all sorts of ephemera”

from a Google Search
Beautiful Vintage Postcards at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace
Beautiful Vintage Postcards

Crafty?

Are you wondering what you might do with old postcards? Check out this article that offers 16 PROJECTS. Some of the ideas mentioned include scrapbooking, decoupage, origami, and framing them to display.

We look forward to showing you our collections of postcards. And absolutely, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Helixophile? You?

Corkscrews have a long history.

Its design may have derived from the gun worm which was a device used by men to remove unspent charges from a musket’s barrel in a similar fashion, from at least the early 1630s

The corkscrew is possibly an English invention, due to the tradition of beer and cider, and Treatise on Cider by John Worlidge in 1676 describes “binning of tightly corked cider bottles on their sides”, although the earliest reference to a corkscrew is, “steel worm used for the drawing of Corks out of Bottles” from 1681.

In 1795, the first corkscrew patent was granted to the Reverend Samuel Henshall, in England. The clergyman affixed a simple disk, now known as the Henshall Button, between the worm and the shank. The disk prevents the worm from going too deep into the cork, forces the cork to turn with the turning of the crosspiece, and thus breaks the adhesion between the cork and the neck of the bottle. The disk is designed and manufactured slightly concave on the underside, which compresses the top of the cork and helps keep it from breaking apart.

from Wikipedia
intricately designed handle on a corkscrew

INTRICATE

This beautiful handle on this corkscrew
is beautifully crafted.

CARICATURES

Quite often corkscrews were created with various characters, symbols, or logos.

We don’t think this one is from Havre de Grace, even though the BOWMAN name is familiar here!

Just like all other items, a corkscrew was often great advertising. This one from Bowman Hotels is easily carried to be used anywhere. Picnic anyone?

Think you might be a helixophile

… or want to be? CLICK HERE for a fun article on this very collectible single-purpose tool from NOLA.com.

Might you be wondering about the most expensive corkscrew sold?

Wonder no more:

A heritage corkscrew. When the old London Bridge was demolished in the 1831, its surviving fragment was turned into a corkscrew, which was sold at an auction in Essex, UK for £40,000 (around $62,790), about 100 times its guide price.

from LUXURYLAUNCHES.com

So there you go … more than you ever wanted to know about the familiar corkscrew. But it just might put you on the path to being a helixophile. We’re here to guide you. And you bet, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

John Wayne – actor, director, producer, SINGER?

179…

Are you aware that John Wayne was in 179 film and tv productions? And he wasn’t always a cowboy! The above photo is from The Quiet Man movie – filmed in Ireland. The link below the following quote will take you to an interesting article regarding 100 of his movies.

Have you seen them all?

The controversial film star was most famous for his roles in Westerns, but also starred in war dramas, took on the role of an American boxer in “The Quiet Man,” and put himself on the other side of the camera as a producer and director. Wayne was nominated three times for Academy Awards, winning once for lead actor in 1969 when he played U.S. Marshal Reuben “Rooster” J. Cogburn in “True Grit.” He was even posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980 by Jimmy Carter.

from slacker.com
A lobby card for John Wayne and James Stewart for the movie, Who Shot Liberty Valence, in German
A lobby card (in German) for the movie “Who Shot Liberty Valence”
… available in our shop
John Wayne 18" Ensco chalk figure 19702

John Wayne

18″ Ensco chalk figure 1970s
available in our shop!

Do you know John Wayne’s birth name? (Answer at the bottom of this post)

John Wayne American Collector Watch
John Wayne American Collector Watch
John Wayne - Sheriff of Graham County Arizona - collector's piece
John Wayne Collector Figure
(both have dome covers)

… and a SINGER? Yep!

Another fun item is our selection of Collector Plates.

a number of John Wayne Collector Plates
A collection of beautiful Collector Plates: John Wayne

So if you, or someone you know, grew up loving everything “John Wayne,” stop in and have a peek at these great collector items. Yessireeeeee…. we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

John Wayne’s given name was Marion Robert Morrison! Did you guess it?

Lunch Boxes Started with Dads in Coal Mines

…working men protected their lunches from the perils of the job site (just imagine what a coal mine or a quarry could do to a guy’s sandwich) with heavy-duty metal pails.

from SmithonianMagazine
Historic lunchbox, 1880s. A tobacco box was recycled as lunch box. Harold Dorwin / SI
Historic lunchbox, 1880s. A tobacco box was recycled as lunch box.
Harold Dorwin / SI

Soon after…

Around the 1880s, school children who wanted to emulate their daddies fashioned similar caddies out of empty cookie or tobacco tins. According to the timeline, the first commercial lunch boxes, which resembled metal picnic baskets decorated with scenes of playing children, came out in 1902.

from SmithonianMagazine

The American History Museum of the Smithsonian Institute houses the lunchbox collection. For information to visit, CLICK HERE!

lunchboxes by the score at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace
Wonderful selection of lunchboxes at Bahoukas!

We’ve written a great deal about lunchboxes and shared our collection in previous posts.

SEE THESE POSTS BY CLICKING HERE

Do you have a favorite boo character/tv show/celebrity collectible lunchbox? Or maybe you’ve been looking for one? Stop in and visit us soon to see our extensive collection.

Metal and Plastic Lunch Boxes at Bahoukas
More lunchboxes from the collection at Bahoukas.

Yes, we are watchin’ for ya! And don’t forget, school is right around the corner. Possibly your youngster would love to have a lunchbox from Bahoukas!

Local Souvenirs – Bel Air

The Sabina Line by Sabin Industries

Sabin Industries’ home was McKeesport, PA.

This company, founded by Samuel Sabin in 1946, did not manufacture china, but it decorated “blanks” (i.e., undecorated pieces of china) purchased from ceramics companies that made the actual pottery and porcelain. Sabin applied decoration to these blanks — often by using decals — and then resold them to a variety of wholesalers or retailers. It is reported that Sabin also decorated glass.

from SeattleTimes.com
The Sabina Line of souvenir plates for Bel Air, MD. 22k gold trim - artwork by George Stubbs. Available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD
Bel Air, MD souvenir plate with art by George Stubbs

Most of the Sabina Line souvenir plates had 22k gold trim.

Souvenir plate for Bel Air, MD from the Sabina Line with 22k gold trim and artwork by John Ferneley.
Bel Air, MD souvenir plate with artwork by John Ferneley

These are beautiful plates. You can see them in our store. And absolutely, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Jewel Tea Co. and Hall Dishware

In 2020, thanks to a covid pandemic, delivery to our door has become commonplace for just about everyone! But if you’re familiar with Jewel Tea Co., you may not realize they started their door-to-door business in 1899.

Although many remember the Jewel Tea Co. which closed in 1981, few are probably aware of just how unique and entrepreneurial this company was. The following quote is a great example of how nimble and quick-thinking they were:

There were many tea companies at that time, and they all sold door-to-door, giving premium coupons with grocery purchases. When enough coupons had been saved, the customer had a choice of premium items offered. One day Mr. Ross knocked on the kitchen door of a prospective customer and had hardly stated his business when she grabbed a broom. He returned later that same day and learned that the lady had saved coupons for six months buying coffee and tea from a “wagon man” and had expected to get a rug with her coupons. However, the wagon man stopped coming around. Mr. Ross quickly offered her a premium to be left with her first order, to be paid out with a later trade.

This story varies from a broom to hot water, but the fast-thinking Mr. Ross with his idea of advancing the premium set the Jewel Tea Company apart from all other existing tea companies of the day.

from chicagology.com
A set of Autumn Leaves pattern dishware used as premiums for the Jewel Tea Co. at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace.
Jewel Tea Co. “Autumn Leaves” dishware by Hall Co.

Many of the baby boomers today will recall these dishes from having had them in their homes growing up. They were premiums offered by Jewel Tea Co. and made by Hall China Company.

In the mid-1920s, the directors of Hall China made a decision to associate with the Jewel Tea Company to produce an exclusive line of dinnerware for them. Jewel started using Hall teapots as premiums, and then expanded the promotion to include its own line of distinctive dinnerware and kitchenware. New pieces were introduced by Hall China for Jewel until 1980.

from Wikipedia

Cameo Rose Pattern

Autumn Leaves and Cameo Rose dishware patterns made by Hall China Co. for the Jewel Tea Co.

This image is from a tching.com post and shows both the Autumn Leaves and Cameo Rose designs.

Do you collect the Cameo Rose pattern?

There’s much to be learned from earlier successful companies. And it’s always fun to start a collection where you can share a bit of the ‘story’ that comes with them.

Drop by and chat with us, browse our 9,000 sq. ft. of collections. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

NASCAR and July 4th

This #24 Jeff Gordon item is only one of scores of collectibles you may enjoy.

An Independence Day Celebration

Along with parades and fireworks, Nascar racing has also become an American tradition for July 4th. This year they’re back. CLICK HERE for this Sunday’s Nascar schedule.

In the meantime, stop in and browse our collection of NASCAR memorabilia. We have quite a few items from older NASCAR collections.

The above # 24 Jeff Gordon NASCAR collectible is part of the Brookfield Collectors Guild and is in it’s original box.

In the meantime, we’ll be watchin’ for ya at the store. And to help make your weekend special, we’ve included the activities happening over the Independence Weekend in Havre de Grace. CLICK HERE

Character Glasses are always fun!

Here at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum we have a delightful collection of character glasses.

Just a few of the characters include:

  • Looney Tunes Adventures
  • Warner Bros.
  • McDonald’s
  • Archie Jelly Jars
  • Preakness & Kentucky Derby Glasses
  • and others
Character Glasses Collections at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Some of the Character Glasses available at Bahoukas

Decades before there were Happy Meals, Welch’s Grape Jelly was the mother of cross-promotion targeted to children.

For the past 62 years, a new jar of Welch’s Grape Jelly has held out the magical promise of turning an ordinary jar into a juice glass adorned with colorful, images of popular kid-culture characters — a bonus for consuming the sweet, purple yumminess within.

from New Hampshire Magazine from 2015

It started with “Howdy Doody”

The company sponsored the “Howdy Doody Show” in 1951 and three years later they issued their first of a series of “Howdy Doody” jars that when emptied became colorful, character-festooned “Howdy Doody” glasses. It was ingenious. The more jelly kids ate and the quicker they ate it, the more glasses they could collect. And as incentive to drink their juice in the morning (hopefully grape juice), a surprise stamp of a character’s face was imprinted on the bottom of the glass.

from New Hampshire Magazine from 2015

We look forward to welcoming you to our shop and to Havre de Grace as you enjoy the many activities over this weekend’s July 4 Celebrations. CLICK HERE for all the details. Then know that, yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Mini-Cardboard or Metal License Plates

TRIVIA QUESTION: You might have noticed that all cars in the United States have license plates that are exactly the same dimension of 6″ by 12.” And soon after, at a World Meeting it was agreed that ALL countries would have vehicle license plates with the same dimensions. 

WHAT YEAR DID THIS OCCUR? (answer at bottom of post – no cheating!)

Did you love cereal prizes?

Bahoukas Antique Mall recently received two collections of mini-license plates (or “bicycle” plates). The first is a series of metal license plates for each state of the U.S. They were offered in Wheaties cereal boxes.

Skippy cards found in Wheaties cereal in 1933

General Mills has been surprising cereal lovers with fun toys and games right inside the box, or by mail, for more than 90 years.

Our first on or in-the-box premium is believed to be Skippy cards, featured on 12 different Wheaties packages in 1933.

from blog.generalmills.com

One of our most memorable items were the mini license plates available in Wheaties boxes in 1954. Our Consumer Relations team still receives phone calls, emails and letters about them.

Cereal box prizes and premiums have been distributed in four ways. The first, not frequently used now, was an in-store (or point-of-sale) prize that was handed to the customer with the purchase of one or more specified boxes of cereal. The second method of distribution is to include the prize in the box itself, usually outside the liner bag—often called an “in-pack promotion” in retail marketing. The third method is attaching the prize to the box – “on-pack” promotion – (as with plastic records laminated to the back of the box) or printing the prize on the box (as with numerous games and trading cards) or simply attaching the prize to the box with tape or shrink wrap. Some prizes include a gameboard or other interactive activity printed on the box that corresponds with the prize inside the box, which is used as a gamepiece. The fourth method of distribution is to have the consumer mail in the UPC proof-of-purchase labels cut from a specified number of boxes, sometimes with a cheque or money order to defray the cost of shipping, and the premium is sent to the consumer by mail (rarely first-class), usually from a third-party source.

from Wikipedia

Mini-Cardboard License Plates

The second collection is a series of mini-cardboard license plates of World Capitals and U.S. States/Capitals. They include drawings and data on things like: State bird and other symbols, populations, etc.

Goudey Gum Company has an interesting history. Known for their artistic baseball cards in the 1930s, they also created these cardboard mini-license plates for the World’s Fair, featuring countries and their capitals and U.S. States and their capitals. They also included stats like ‘state/country symbol, flower, population, etc.’

They were released later in the early 50s. 

from PSACard.com

Read the article linked with this quote for more details on the unique character of the character behind the Goudey Gum Company as they tried to survive following WWI and the depression.

The Goudey Company survivors and descendants have something valuable to hold on to – a little gum company with limited resources that took a “little” bubble gum and small picture of someone or something, wrapped it with printed premium offers and sold it for one cent to “kids.”

from PSACard.com

A bit more about the Goudey Gum Company can be found by CLICKING HERE.

CELEBRATE DAD’S DAY

Sunday we honor all the DAD’s for their wisdom, their lessons, their humor, their laughter, and their love! It’s a great reason to stop in and browse our shop. We have so many unique ideas that might be the most perfect gift for Dad! Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya … and we’re here to help you discover that perfect gift (even if it happens to be for yourself. Shhh… we’ll never tell!)

TRIVIA ANSWER: 1957

Have You Visited Bahoukas’ Beer MuZeum?

We’ve been the talk of the town – and the delight of the beer memorabilia collector! Here’s just a small bit of the latest glasses we’ve acquired:

Collection of beer glasses including Gunther, Guinness, Yuengling, and more.

BrewMania is Alive and Well at Bahoukas Beer MuZeum

With 2200 sq. ft. on the 2nd floor of the building, Bahoukas Beer MuZeum is the perfect place to find THE perfect item for dad and his man cave. But seriously, anyone who just loves beer glasses, beer cans, mirrors, and signs … and, oh my … so much more, well, they’ll just love browsing the Bahoukas Beer MuZeum.

And you know, we’ll be here to say, “Welcome to Bahoukas!”

Unique is Bahoukas Antiques

a recently acquired collection of antique powder horns can be seen at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace
Powder Horns and other unique items can be discovered at Bahoukas!

Our shop offers a dizzying array of antiques and collectibles. But don’t let that make your head hurt. Just give yourself time to browse our 9,000 sq ft of yesteryear! From Havre de Grace history to the amazing Beer MuZeum and everything in-between, you’ll be recalling stories from childhood!

Just two photos of the unique collectibles that we have are the recent selection of collectible/antique powder horns and the medical/pharmaceutical collectibles below.

medical/pharmaceutical collectibles available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD
This is just one tiny shelf of the medical/pharmaceutical/advertising collectibles in our shop.

Along with very practical mortar and pestle sets, we have many unique medical collectibles that will remind you of products that you may have used in your early years or even items your parents/grandparents may have mentioned.

Whether you just like owning a few ‘conversation pieces,’ or you collect them en masse, we just might have the item that will suit your need or complete your collection.

Stop in soon and enjoy your own adventure as you travel our nostalgia lane! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!