It all began in the late 19th century when Alois Riffeser traveled to the major European cities to sell the wood carved figurines and toys which were bought from the farmers of the Gröden Valley located in the Dolomite region of the Alps. This area in South Tyrol was part of Austria-Hungary at the time until being annexed to Italy in 1919.
In 1912 Josef Anton Riffeser founded the ANRI Company, which he named using the first two letters of his first and last name. After World War I, where he was in a prisoner of war camp in Siberia, he formulated his plan for a woodcarving company. He created his own models which he distributed successfully, mainly in the Alpine region. ___read more on their website
The above photo shows only two of the Anri stoppers that we received this week. They are delightful, hand-carved, wooden, mechanical bottle stoppers. A perfect conversation piece to show off at your next gathering.
The stopper on the left answers a phone when you push the lever in the back down. The one on the right lifts a camera to take a picture.
ANRI Wood Carving Artists
Famous artists and modellers from around the world have created unique designs that the skilled workers at ANRI transform into beautifully detailed wood carved figures.
___read more on their website
Stop in Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum soon and see other designs still available.
Havre de Grace Distributing Company, a wholesale beer and wine distributor from 1944-1993
Kathryn Asher was well known in Havre de Grace as a woman managing a beer and wine distributorship in a time when women managers were still unusual – in the wine and beer industry, probably even more rare. But as the following paragraph states, she also was very active in the community.
She was born in Havre de Grace, MD to the late Arthur P.G. Asher and Ada May Keen on December 28, 1918. She graduated from Havre de Grace High School in 1935 and attended the Baltimore Business College and University of Baltimore. She was a devoted member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where she taught Sunday school. She was a Charter member and Charter President of the Harford County/Havre de Grace Soroptimist Club. She managed the family owned business, Havre de Grace Distributing Company, a wholesale beer and wine distributor from 1944-1993. Kathryn J. Asher died on Sept. 11, 2005 at the age of 86. …from the Cecil Whig Newspaper Obituaries
Listen to George share a bit of knowledge and some items he acquired following her death and, more recently, the family’s efforts to sell the building.
The above picture is NOT for sale. It is a part of the collection in the Bahoukas Beer MuZeum as part of the city’s history.
But this great chalkboard (on the left) is available. It was a promotional piece used to write the days specials in a bar.
Two other great pieces are shown below.
One is a huge metal advertising sign – probably 4′ x 8′.
The other is a banner about 4′ x 5′. We’ve been trying to figure out if the black woman is possibly a famous singer. Does anyone out there in cyber space know? If so, be sure to tell us.
Here’s the mural that was originally painted on the building. It has since been painted over.
Gift Giving Idea #17 is a beautiful, framed advertisement titled “Perfection”
Pabst Brewing Company is an American company that dates its origins to a brewing company founded in 1844 by Jacob Best and by 1889 named after Frederick Pabst. ...from Wikipedia
In 1882 winning many awards, they started hand-tying silk ‘blue ribbons’ around each bottle. By 1992 they purchased 1 million feet of blue silk ribbon to be hand-tied around each Best Select beer! In 1916, WWI created a shortage of silk and the hand-tied ribbons were no longer used! But Pabst “BLUE RIBBON” became part of its label.
Did you know that in 1979 Patrick Swayze was in a commercial for Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer!!! Enjoy!
The company still has amazing art contests. CLICK HERE for their 2015 winners. Then make plans to stop in at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. We promise, you won’t be disapointed!
Add to your BrewMania Collection with these bottles from early 1900s
Day 14 of our Gift Giving Ideas offers two unique bottles – one is from the GermanBrewing Co. of Cumberland, MD; the other is the Chesapeake Brewing Co,Baltimore City with a terrapin turtle on it. These are great additions to a collector’s shelf.
Our Beer MuZeum at Bahoukas Antique Mall offers a huge selection of BREWMANIA as well as advertising and memorabilia from other liquors as well – lights, neon signs, beer taps, and so much more. You won’t believe it unless you stop in and browse.
The “Pabst Train” is one of the rarest of all Pabst signs, and we are thrilled to have one at BAHOUKAS!
For the most part, it is constructed of thin plastic, and is, therefore, very fragile.
Our sign is in remarkably good condition despite its fragility! It is quite a work of art, and it is in full working order. The lantern lights to a dull orange glow as does the firebox underneath the engineer’s cab. All of the wheels turn, and the sign is lit from lights in the overhanging depot shed above. The train rocks back and forth as well as side to side, providing and even more interesting aspect. (15.5″ x 16.75″)
Bahoukas Beer MuZeum truly carries a wonderful collection of BrewMania. The following Pabst items are included.
We also have the Pabstcar made at approximately the same time as the train!
Another Pabst item that just arrived at BAHOUKAS is a statue of the Pabstbartender with outstretched arm. The arm should be holding a single goblet of Pabst, but the goblet is missing on this piece!