Teach Thrift with Awesome Banks

We have a wonderful selection of banks available in the shop. These are just a few of the latest!

Make Saving FUN!

Metal True Value and CITGO trucks make great banks for your kids to save their change!

“Without a working knowledge of money, it is extraordinarily difficult to do well in life,” says Sam X Renick, co-creator of Sammy Rabbit, a children’s character and financial literacy initiative. “Money is central to transacting life, day-in and day-out. Where we live, what we eat, the clothes we wear, the car we drive, health care, education, child-rearing, gift giving, vacations, entertainment, heat, air-conditioning, insurance—you name it, money is involved.”

From FORBES
Beautiful metal banks featuring old-fashioned delivery trucks.

Teaching young ones to save and a great Holiday gift = 2 wins!

These beautiful metal banks are reasonably priced and fun to give.

Teaching kids how to save money may seem like a tough task.  It has even been said that parents are more likely to talk to their children about sex than about money.  

from WindgateWealth
Whoa – a youngster would love putting their coins in these Coca-Cola tractor trailers (metal).

A piggy bank can be a great way to teach your kids the importance of saving, while giving them an easy way to do it.  Tell your kids that the goal is to fill up the piggy bank with dollars and coins, until there is no room.

from WindgateWealth

The Coca-Cola bears metal bank helps a youngster learn to save!

We LOVE this unique Coca-Cola Bears bank. Don’t forget that once they fill up their bank, they can learn to open a bank account. A great beginning for financially savvy young adults in the near future. Such a fun way to get started.

So stop in today and pick out one of these great banks. We have others, too. But hurry, some of these will go quickly. And yessiree, we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Bourbon and Cookies

What’s the connection between Bourbon and Cookies?

Two great collector pieces, that’s what! A really delightful decanter and a cookie jar for ‘space enthusiasts.’

Old Cabin Still 1969 Hillbilly Decanter

bottom label on Hillybilly 1969 Cabin Still Bourbon Decanter
Cabin Still Collector’s Gallery 1969 “Old Hillbilly” Decanter

Do you know what makes the difference between Bourbon and Whiskey?

…all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. 

What makes bourbon distinct from other whiskeys is the way it is manufactured and aged. All whiskey is spirit made from fermented grain and then aged in barrels. But the kind of grain and the kind of barrels determines the variety of whiskey. Per the American Bourbon Association, in order to be classified as bourbon, a whiskey needs to be distilled from a mixture of grains, or mash, that’s at least 51 percent corn. That corn gives bourbon its distinctive sweet flavor. 

from FOODandWine.com
Old Hillbilly - Old Cabin Still 1969
Old Cabin Still 1969 Kentucky Bourbon Decanter – Old Hillbilly

… and the cookie – Friendship 7?

This beautiful 2-pc black pottery McCoy cookie jar, shaped like the Mercury capsule, is from 1962, commemorating the “Space Era’ and the “Friendship 7 Mercury Capsule.” Do you want to know what’s really exciting about this piece? There is actually one in the collections at the National Air and Space Museum!

Friendship 7 McCoy Cookie Jar – 1962

This cookie jar shaped like John Glenn’s Friendship 7 Mercury capsule was produced by McCoy Pottery between 1962 and 1968. McCoy cookie jars in various novelty shapes were available for sale in “five and dime” stores and department stores such as JCPenney’s. The popularity of this Mercury capsule cookie jar was a part of the space craze of the early 1960s, an outpouring of public enthusiasm generated by NASA’s first human spaceflight successes.

from National Air and Space museum

Now you know, these are two unique collectibles that just might be the perfect gift for Christmas. It’s never too early to be gathering the perfect gifts for the special people on your list. Stop in and see these two pieces for yourself. And as always, you can bet we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Do You Remember Schultz and Dooley?

Utica Club and their “spokesmugs”

Growing up in New York in the 1950s, I was one of the many television viewers in the Northeast who were introduced to the West End Brewing Company (WEBCO) “spokesmugs,” Schultz and Dooley, through a series of award-winning commercials for Utica Club beer. Unlike the ceramic Schultz and Dooley character steins now marketed by WEBCO, the original TV characters were made of wood. The renowned puppeteer Bill Baird is credited with bringing the steins to life, along with comedian Jonathan Winters, who supplied their voices, complete with German and Irish accents.

from Beer Stein Article

Can you still hear their voices in your head when someone mentions “Shultz and Dooley?” They were fun commercials. Did you know that Jonathan Winters was the voice for the characters?

We have a great set of Schultz and Dooley mugs that just arrived. Stop in and see them after you enjoy these fun commercials.

Great UC Commercials

Schultz and Dooley were the spokesmen … er…spokesmugs… for Utica Beer.

Literally hundreds of thousands of Schultz and Dooley series characters have now reached the marketplace, leaving little room for doubt regarding their continuing popularity with collectors…

Although generally unrecognized by collectors, the original Schultz and Dooley steins hold a place in steinmaking history, in that they were in all probability the very first character steins produced specifically for an American audience. By comparison, the original “Bud Man,” Anheuser-Busch’s initial character stein, did not arrive on the scene until 1976, some 17 years later. Moreover, the on-going series of companion steins is in itself a likely first in the history of steinmaking. Although there are several groups of character steins that might qualify as “sets,” there has never before been anything to compare in scope or staying power with the Schultz and Dooley series.

Another factor contributing to the popularity of these steins is that there are any number of people for whom Schultz and Dooley help to evoke fond memories of an earlier time in their lives. In a sense, this reaction to Schultz and Dooley is not unlike that of the many servicemen who did tours of duty in Germany and whose memories are recaptured through stein collecting.

Finally, the Schultz and Dooley series is just plain fun and also readily obtainable. The cartoon-like nature of the steins is appealing to people of all ages and they’re available at prices almost everyone can afford.

from Beer Stein Article

Visit Our Beer MuZeum

Of course, if you love Schultz and Dooley, you’ll most likely enjoy browsing the Bahoukas Beer MuZeum on the second floor of our building. Oh, and we should add this beer glass also arrived in our ‘latest’ finds, commemorating the 1982 Loyal Order of Moose 1982 National Convention MOOSEHAVEN & JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA JUNE 28- JULY 1 1982. Just an FYI – the 2023 International Moose Convention will be in Reno, Nevada!

souvenir beer class
Order of Moose 1982 National Convention beer glass
1982 Order of Moose Nat'l Convention beer glass

As summer winds down, there’s still plenty of time to stop in and enjoy browsing our shop. And yep, we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Beautiful Vintage Tins – Mom’s Day 2

Tins – Simple, Beautiful, Practical

Vintage tins come in a variety of sizes from tiny pillboxes, coffee, and tobacco cans, to large chip cans and more! They are beautiful and practical. You’ll want to click on the link below the quote to see photos of a variety of ways to use vintage tins in your decor that include planters, storage, lampshade, magnet containers, and even a tiered organizer! The article mentioned below will most certainly get your creative juices flowing.

(Vintage tins) … come in many sizes and have many designs. They are perfect for a wide variety of crafty upcycling projects, too. We have here ideas that are sure to tickle your fancy. Most of these vintage tin craft projects will give you beautiful items for the home. They’re perfect for organizing and for giving your home that fun shabby chic look. Hope you enjoy these vintage tin DIYs!

from DIY.AllWomensTalk

Vintage Tins

… come in many shapes and sizes. The art can be truly outstanding while being totally practical – making great storage containers.

Vintage Tins in Many Shapes

log cabin shaped vintage tin
round tin and log-cabin shaped vintage tins

Tins can be sewing or knitting baskets, filled with cookies or games and offered as a beautiful gift.

carousel vintage tin
This carousel vintage tin is beautiful!

Need more examples and ideas. CLICK THIS LINK for other posts we’ve created on vintage tins!

Are You a Prepper?

Vintage tins can be a beautiful addition to your storage area. Your bulk foods would look great on a shelf in vintage tins. It’s an easy way to store items while showing off a beautiful collection. Talk about ‘minimalist’!!!

Not sure what you like? Stop by Bahoukas Antiques to browse the very collectible and useful vintage tins. We’re here. And we’re just waitin’ to point them out to you! And don’t forget – Mother’s Day 2022 is Sunday, May 8th. What would you like to tuck into a beautiful vintage tin for Mom?

Small Collectibles – part 1

KwikSharp Razor Hone

This KwikSharp Razor Blade Hone is 1940s vintage in original wrapping. Basically, it’s a piece of glass that you used to sharpen a razor blade. During the war and following, razor blades were rationed and often hard to come by. This hone could extend the life of your blades by up to 50 shaves.

For an interesting article on the history of double-edge safety razors, CLICK HERE!

Small Collectibles Can Be Quite Artistic

As these cigarette papers show, small collectibles can also be quite artistic. Here’s a great way to capture history in smaller items, while still creating a beautiful collection. Stop by and see what we have to start your own small collection.

Cigarette Papers

3 vintage cigarette papers - front view
vintage cigarette papers – front
3 vintage cigarette papers back view
vintage cigarette papers – back

THE DAWN OF CIGARETTE PAPER

… burning newspaper had its own problems, especially with the then toxic-based inks. Spanish merchants began offering plain, unprinted paper for this purpose. One small factory in Alcoy that was making specialized packing papers offered the first paper designed specifically for cigarette rolling. This paper was later improved and an additional factory in Alcoy opened to compete. Over time additional cigarette paper factories opened near Barcelona, France, the UK and eventually there were many factories across Europe. In the Alcoy region, there is still one rolling paper factory left, which can actually connect its roots back to the first rolling paper factories. This Alcoy factory produces many popular artisan papers to date. Brands such as RAW, Elements, Juicy Jay’s & DLX are made using processes that date back to the origin of this factory. Some of the craftsmen at this factory have been making papers for generations!

BOOKLET

The origins of the cigarette rolling paper booklet can be traced back to a priest, Father Jaime Villanueva Estingo (Jativa, Spain, Alcoy Region 1765). Before Father Villanueva’s invention, tobacco smokers laboriously and wastefully cut sections of large sheets of paper to roll their cigarettes. He devised a more convenient method of peeling small sheets from pocket-size booklet dispensers and brought his idea to Alcoy, where the first rolling paper booklets ever were produced. People still pay homage to Father Villanueva in Alcoy to this very day.

from Rawthentic.com
2 vintage cigarette papers - front view
vintage cigarette papers – front view
2 vintage cigarette papers - back view
vintage cigarette papers – back view

Ready to Start Your Small Collection?

Whether your adding to a collection you already have, or you’re ready to crate a new collection, we can help you get started. Visit Bahoukas today. You know we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collectible Fun for Everyone at Bahoukas

Toys, Games, Vintage Advertising, Vintage shoes

We thought we’d entice you to visit by sharing a variety of items in this post. Whether you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart, we have some nifty items. You can also find some Vintage Baltimore advertising pieces, a game, and more.

We believe this game is a 3D Tic Tac Toe but we don’t have any directions. Can you figure it out? We’ve seen similar online, but none exactly like this one. It’s our recent whozwhatsit!

Vintage Newsstand Advertisement Pieces

We have a variety of Sun Papers advertisements in the shop. (Not recent reproductions) Stop by and see if you might enjoy a couple to frame and have in your collection or decor!

Baltimore Sunpapers newstand baseball advertising - vintage
Vintage Sunday Sun Baltimore newstand advertising for TV Week
Above is a Sunday Sun (Baltimore) newsstand advertisement for TV Weekly – I believe this is one of Charlie’s Angels – Farrah Fawcett

On the left is a vintage Sunpapers (Baltimore) newsstand advertisement for ‘expert baseball coverage.’

Vintage Shoes and Boots

A variety of vintage women’s boots from the 1900s with one pair of 1880s.

These women’s boots are so unique. Maybe you’d like the whole set or just a pair to perk up a special place in your home.

Mens leather boots

Men’s Boots

This handsome pair of men’s leather, riding boots are wonderful, but the wooden boot trees are what make this item extra, extra special.

Skediddles

Do you know what a skediddle is? We weren’t sure until we did some research. But this Mickey Mouse Skediddle is pretty cool. It’s a 1968 Mattel toy.

Mickey Mouse Skediddler

This is just the cutest toy from 1968 Mattel. Check out the 1968 vintage commercial below.

Sometimes we have way too much fun…

With Easter in another week, it’s a great time to stop in and see what might work perfectly to fill a basket or decorate your home. No matter what, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Spring Is Synonymous With Motorcycles!

Here at Bahoukas we’ve discovered some interesting and exciting items. In this post, we’ll share a number of pieces that may be of interest to anyone who loves motorcycles. You know who you are.

Pre-1930s Willson Goggles

pre-1930s Willson goggles with metal case
pre-1930s Willson Goggles with metal case

This pair of Willson Goggles is in brand new condition and nestled in a metal case. They are pre-1930s. The photo below shows the printed piece inside the case.

info inside case of Willson Goggles - pre-1930s

If you want to learn more about Willson Goggles, check out their website at Goggleworks. And YES, you can visit their museum and art studios. All of this is located in Reading, PA. WOW! The things we learn.

ADVERTISING related to motorcycles

motorcycle advertising from 50s and 60s
Advertising for Buco helmets, BSA motorcycles, and Triumph Motorcycles from the 1950s

Ephemera collections can include advertising brochures for those who collect all things motorcycles. You’ll want to see some of the items we acquired.

1963 BMW News - motorcycle
BMW News brochure – 1963 – for motorcycles

Do you remember the Indian Motorcycle?

from Indian Motorcycle

Spirit Lake Experience Center and Factory Tour

For a more immersive view of Indian Motorcycle, visit the Indian Motorcycle Experience Center, attached to the Indian Motorcycle factory in Spirit Lake, Iowa. The center showcases current and historic Indian motorcycles, displays vintage artifacts and memorabilia, and offers visitors the opportunity to purchase exclusive factory merchandise. Visitors are also able to view a short video tour of the manufacturing facility during times when guided tours are unavailable. Guests are welcome to visit the Indian Motorcycle Experience Center anytime Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm(CST) with the exception of holidays.

from Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle Brochure - 1950s?
Indian Motorcycle Brochure – 1950s?
Paul Goldsmith on the Souvenir Program of the National Championship of the AMA Motorcycle Races

Who is Paul Goldsmith?

Paul Goldsmith is a former USAC and NASCAR driver. He is an inductee of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, and the USAC Hall of Fame. Later in life Goldsmith became a pilot and, flying primarily a Cessna 421, transported engines and parts to and from races. 

from Wikipedia

Stop by and take a peek at these amazing collectibles related to motorcycling. Yep, we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Need A Go-Go Girl for Your New Year’s Eve Party

It may not be politically correct, but this go-go girl will certainly generate a few giggles and a lot of conversation this New Year’s Eve as she mixes a drink or two. Created in 1969 by Poynter Products.

Welcome 2022 – Happy New Year!

Stop in today if you’d like to have her mix a drink or two on your bar to bring in the New Year! We’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya.

UPDATE: Yes, we WILL be open New Year’s Day!!!

Are You a Coca-Cola Collector?

Coca-Cola Coolers and Wood Crates

History of The Coca-Cola Company

We celebrate our company’s rich history. Since its birth at a soda fountain in downtown Atlanta in 1886, Coca‑Cola has been a catalyst for social interaction and inspired innovation. Discover the unique moments from our past, like the evolution of the iconic Coca-Cola bottle, the lovable Coca-Cola Santa Claus, and more.

from The Coca-Cola Company website
Smaller Coca-Cola cooler
Need a great cooler for your tailgate party or your next gathering?

This cooler allows you to put ice and bottles above and store the wood crates below. Perfect for your summer gatherings! Ideal as a gift for the Coca-Cola collector!

Larger Coca-Cola cooler with room to store wood crates underneath.
A perfect cooler for the summer yard parties – room for ice and bottles/cans on top and store cartons underneath.

Speaking of Wood Crates

Coca-Cola wood crates

Wood Crates

We have a variety of wood crates available, Coca-Cola and others. They are useful for so many things.

Do you love repurposing things?
CLICK THIS LINK for 22 fun DIY ideas!

We can’t close without a great Coca-Cola Christmas Commercial!

Okay, it’s the holiday season and we can’t resist sharing just one of the many cute ads created for Coca-Cola. Enjoy, then stop in to visit us. Yessirree… we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Just one of many heartwarming and fun videos from Coca-Cola!

National Beer Sports Film and RC Cola Cans

We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Enjoy all that you have – share when you can.
Savor friends and family.
Don’t forget – we are CLOSED
Thanksgiving Day.
Then back to our regular hours – 7 days/week –
Til Christmas Day!

from George at Bahoukas Antique Mall

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!

National Beer 16mm Sports Film with Orioles 1961
National Beer Sports Film – Orioles in Action

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

RC Cola Cans – 1970s – baseball players

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.

Very collectible 1970s RC Cola Cans with baseball player photos and stats

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!

Large collection of 1970s RC Cola cans featuring baseball players

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!

Unique Beer Memorabilia

For your home bar, mancave, or just a unique collection, we have an assortment of wood plaques with beer labels on them.

5×5 Wood Plaques with Beer labels. Great display for your bar, mancave, or with your beer memorabilia.

Beer Label On Display

These 5″x5″ wood plaques with beer labels are a great way to add a bit of class to your beer memorabilia collection.

Stop in today and browse the ones we have. Could be a great gift for someone who loves anything ‘beer.’

And yes, we’re be watchin’ for ya!

Collectible Lighters and Ashtrays

Whether or not you smoke, ashtrays are appealing collectibles for numerous reasons.

First, they are small, which means you can acquire hundreds of ashtrays and display them in a relatively finite amount of space.

Second, they were made out of a wide range of materials, so if you are a fan of art glass, pounded copper, or ceramics, there is bound to be an ashtray for you.

Third, ashtrays were produced during some of the most creative periods in history, which means there are ashtrays for fans of the Victorian era, Arts and Crafts, and Art Deco.

Finally, ashtrays are snapshots of their culture, so it is not uncommon to find ashtrays that were produced to advertise products and events of the day.

from Collector’s Weekly

Ashtrays

variety of collectible ashtrays
Ashtrays came in all styles – silly to beautifully designed, touristy and promotional.

To show you just how diverse ashtray collections can be, here we show you a German Spinner by Gerzt (top center), the resting Mexican (made in Japan), the promotional ashtray from PENROSE, and the horse’s ‘arse’. Yep, something for everyone!

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Did you know that ashtrays are a design element included in the Cooper Hewitt Museum, located in the Andrew Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue, NYC? We sure wish we had one of these in our collection!

Russel Wright designed ashtray

… is displayed at the Cooper Hewitt

Preserving the natural qualities of ceramics in spite of the dominance of machine-produced pottery has been a challenge for designers since the introduction of machinery to the production process in the eighteenth century.

Russel Wright addressed this design dilemma through his biomorphic earthenware. This ashtray, part of a 1949 series manufactured by Sterling China for hotels and restaurants, embodies Wright’s idea of designing machine-made ceramics that simulate their handcrafted counterparts. Flaring up and out from its low base, the ashtray has a curved, asymmetrical rim that appears as though it was pinched and folded by hand. Although entirely molded by machine, the ashtray’s profile suggests the involvement of human contact throughout its production. The organic form also makes the ashtray user-friendly and invites human contact and interactions: the undulating rim is excellent for resting cigarettes, and the groove holds a matchbook perfectly. The groove also allowed restaurant workers to stack multiple ashtrays, the base of one fitting neatly into the ashtray below.

from Cooper Hewitt

Lighters

Do you ever wonder who invented the first lighter? No, it wasn’t the Zippo Company, though they certainly improved on it! The first was invented in 1823. The Zippo didn’t come into the picture until 1932.

Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner invented the first lighter known as “Döbereiner’s Lamp.” It looked nothing like the lighters we use today and was also difficult to use and extremely dangerous.

from Quality Logo Products
Variety of tabletop novelty lighters: military shell, Zippo, and cigarette case with lighter

The above lighters can be found in our shop and include: Top left: a cigarette case with lighter, a Queen Anne style lighter, a novelty grenade, military shell, and card cube, a Zippo lighter, and a rather art deco looking styled tabletop lighter.

So if you, or someone you know, has a collection of lighters and/or ashtrays, you just might want to check our collection. We’re here. And we’re watchin’ for ya!

Colorful Novelty Radios

These very collectible radios – and they ALL WORK – include a 1950s Baseball Player Radio, a Panapet 1970s Red Ball Radio by Panasonic, a 1970s Snoopy Radio, and a 1998 promotional Pepsi Cola Radio.

close-up view of the 1950s Baseball Player Radio
Baseball Player Radio – 1970s

The Panapet radio is a round novelty radio on a chain, first produced by Panasonic in the early 1970s to commemorate the World Expo in Osaka. Two chrome plated dials on the surface are for tuning and volume, and a tuning display is inset on the surface of the ball. The Panapet is AM band only – no FM. There is a jack for a mono earplug. The Panapet came in several colors including red, yellow, white, blue, purple and avocado green.

from Wikipedia
Pepsi Cola bottle cap styled radio 1998, 1970s Panapet Red Ball Radio, and a 1970s Snoopy character radio at Bahoukas
Novelty Radios – Pepsi Cola, Snoopy, and Red Ball

The Snoopy AM Radio, 1970s, by Determined Productions, Inc.

Connie Boucher, a pioneer in licensing cartoon characters who provided the inspiration for “Happiness Is a Warm Puppy,” a best-selling 1962 book about Snoopy, the “Peanuts” comic strip character, has died at age 72.

Ms. Boucher, who died here Dec. 20 of complications following heart surgery, was a window dresser for I. Magnin in 1959 when she grew dissatisfied with the quality of coloring books available for her two sons. With her husband, Jim Young, she created a Winnie-the-Pooh coloring book, using a character that was in the public domain. The book sold 50,000 copies.

Two years later she founded Determined Productions Inc. to develop other products based on licensing characters. One of her first efforts was a calendar using the characters in the Charlie Brown comic strip.

The Pepsi-Cola Bottle Cap Radio is vintage 1998.

1998 was also the 100th Anniversary of the Pepsi-Cola brand. CLICK HERE for a bit of history. Do you know what Pepsi was originally named before being branded in 1898: See bottom of this post

Whether you love very collectible novelty radios, early transistor radios, or truly vintage radios and phonographs, we have a wonderful collection. Stop in soon. We’re watchin’ for ya!

Answer: Brad’s Drink

New Collection of HdG Milk Bottles

Do You Remember a Milkman?

Many have fond memories of their milkman delivering local milk in bottles. Some even remember having an insulated box that sat outside the door for the milkman to place your bottles.

Wonderful Local Collection

Bahoukas has acquired an extensive local collection of Havre de Grace milk bottles. Besides George’s personal collection, we have plenty to share.

Dairies often embossed their name, logo, or initials onto the base of their milk bottles. This made it easy to identify their bottles at stores and bottle exchanges. Since milk bottles were used over and over again, it was important for a dairy to get their milk bottles back after use. The more times a milk bottle was used, the more profit for the dairy.

from Dr. Lori

Quarts-Pints-Half Pints

There are so many delightful ways to use these bottles besides just having them in a collection, sitting on a shelf.

Fill with colored water and place on a window sill. Better yet, add some fresh flowers.

Maybe you have a collection – like different colored sands or buttons – that would look lovely kept in these bottles.

Don’t forget the rest of our milk bottle collection!

We have an extensive collection of milk bottles. Here’s a pic:

scores of collectible milk bottles at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace
Huge collection of milk bottles at Bahoukas Antiques

Don’t forget that these would make interesting flower or candle holders for a wedding or other special events. Stop in and look over this collection. You know, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

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!