“The Pink House” – Havre Iron Company
and The Havre Republican Newspaper
This bond was signed on January 1, 1879. The following are the signatures of A.P. McCombs, President, and the Secretary, E. Mortimer Bye.
These items can be seen at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum.
A.P. McCombs built the grand Victorian Home located at 120 S. Union Avenue in Havre de Grace. This beautiful home is well-known in the area as “The Pink House.” You won’t miss it! Click the link below to read the pdf and learn more about this building from the Maryland Historic Trust document with photos.
In addition, A.P. McCombs built the building on the east side of N. Union Ave – corner of Union and Franklin – 467 Franklin, which at one time was used for the U.S. Post Office. JoRetrois now located there! Click the link to the JoRetro site to view photos of the building! (It’s also a wonderful shop to visit while you’re in town!)
From 1868-1881, A.P. McCombs & Son published a weekly newspaper, The Havre Republican. The clip below is from Pettengill’s Newspaper Directory and Advertisers’ Hand-Book for 1878:
Needless to say, A.P. McCombs left a legacy in Havre de Grace. Stop in and chat with George, he’s a wealth of information and the most interesting tidbits about Havre de Grace!
It’s truly amazing what bits of Havre de Grace History show up on the counter at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum.
The US Battleship “Maine” is an American naval ship that sank in Havana Harbor during the Cuban revolt against Spain, an event that became a major political issue in the United States. The Spanish–American War began in April 1898, two months after the sinking. Advocates of the war used the rallying cry, “remember the Maine! To Hell with Spain!” ___from Wikipedia
This trade card offers the painting of the U.S. Battleship Maine sailing along the coastline, by Fetherston. On bottom right reads: Copyright 1898 by M.F. Tobin, U.S.V. Navy, New York. Measures framed 16 1/2″ high by 24 1/4″ wide by 1″ deep. Visual 8 3/4″ high by 16″ wide. It includes a small portrait of Capt. Charles Sigsbee (top right) and includes the artist’s signature (bottom left).
Below are close ups of Capt. Charles Sigsbee, the title, and the artist’s signature:
Here’s the LINK to the personal narrative of the sinking of the “Maine” from Capt. Sigsbee.
CLICK HERE for an excellent piece titled “The Painting on the Wall” by Dean James Stavridis, a retired Navy Admiral, regarding the US Battleship Maine. It’s a different artist’s painting, but the thoughts from a 2013 perspective are interesting.
What’s truly unique is the back of the piece is stamped with “Jones Bazaar” offering China, Glass, Queensware and so much more… right here in Havre de Grace. Listen to that audio for the story of how George received this amazing piece and what he learned of Jones Bazaar!
Stop in and chat with George … you’re sure to learn something unique and fun!
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!
This photo does not do justice to the items available in this case of Military Collectibles. Civil War photo, Civil War shooter’s glasses (sun glasses), 1880s American-Indian War Kepi, WWII bayonet and so very much more. If this is your passion, stop in and see what other treasure you may find in this case. George would love to show you!
This photo does not do justice to this beautiful piece of machinery. It’s a wallpaper cutter. It most likely still works. But it’s so beautiful, I’d clean it up and find a display area for it. Stop in and give it a look! It’s really a wonderful piece of simple machinery!
Holiday Gifting #3 will bring a hug from the one who loves antique/vintage tools
Left to Right: Wood block Planer, Shoulder Drill – allows you to put more force into what you’re drilling, Pipe Wrench (Monkey Wrench) and a Draw Knife – used to take bark off trees to use the logs in building log cabins.
This is a beautiful selection of tools. They will surely make someone VERY happy that you found them. Whether it’s a collector who wants to display them or someone who wants to work with them, The receiver of this gift will warm you with hugs!