People collect dolls for many reasons. Some collect them because of fond childhood memories, others for the artistry that goes into making them, others for historical value, and still others for their resale value. People collect what appeals to them and reflect their desires and values.
Here in our store, we have gathered quite a collection of dolls (and stuffed animals). Our “Barbie” collection is fairly extensive. But we’ve other delightful additions to consider whether it’s a gift for a young one to enjoy or to be added to a collection.
Shirley Temple Doll
This delightful doll can be purchased with 6 outfits, but we have a total of 16 if you’re interested!
Brief History of Dolls
Dolls in the Middle Ages were often made from clay, tin, or glass. Clay figures of horses and knights and figurines from glass and tin have been found. In addition, dolls made from bread representing various saints were eaten on religious feast days. Beginning in the 1400s, fashion dolls were created to display the latest Paris fashions to wealthy customers.
In America, one of the oldest dolls is the Kachina, made by the Hopi Indians in Arizona. Kachina dolls were hand carved from cactus root or cottonwood, painted with symbolic colors and designs, and dressed in traditional dresses. These dolls were intended as sacred objects for children to study, and were not used as toys. During religious ceremonies, Kachina dolls were given out by masked priests who dressed as ancestral spirits and offered petitionary prayers for the tribe.
Colonial Americans made dolls from whatever materials they had on hand, including corn husks, corn cobs, fruits, nuts, and gourds. Northern Indians and Eskimos fashioned their dolls from whalebone, walrus tusk, and mammoth teeth.
We’ve been posting about dolls over the years. CLICK HERE to see some of those older posts.
Wonder Why We Collect Dolls?
You’re in good company if you love to collect dolls of any kind. Some famous people, such as actress Demi Moore and actor Johnny Depp, collect dolls. Even British singer, Sophie Ellis Bextor, collects a variety of dolls because they’re full of personality and charm. You may collect dolls purely for investment purposes. After all, an original and mint condition G.I. Joe doll can fetch a pretty penny, as can a rare, vintage, or designer diamond-encrusted Barbie doll. But you likely already know that not all dolls are worth a fortune, so there may be another reason behind your habit.
Whether you’re looking for a Barbie to add to your collection, a Victorian doll, or a princess or baby doll, we may be able to help. So we encourage you to stop in soon. Yep, we’re always watchin’ for ya!
Might we add that 5 months from now will be the Christmas Holidays.
Yes, we’re living in a world full of selfies. Smiles that are so practiced that we’ve nearly forgotten what a great, spontaneous smile actually looks like. But stop by our shop for a great history of photography as you browse our vintage camera collection.
Over the past year or so, here at Bahoukas Antique Mall, we’ve acquired a surprising variety of antique, vintage, and collectible cameras. Whether you’re a photographer who loves to collect vintage cameras or someone who just loves how they look as unique decorating items in your home or office, we have a wonderful selection to choose from.
In researching the collecting of cameras, we found this most informative blog post on “How to Start a Camera Collection” from the blog Amateur Photographer. CLICK HERE to read a great post and maybe tickle your ‘collector self’ into considering a small camera collection.
Here’s a short video that gives you a bit of camera history as well as the joy of collecting.
Did You Ever Make A Pinhole Camera?
Many can remember, as a kid, making a pinhole camera from an old shoebox. Did you ever do that? Have you shared that with your kids or grandkids. In today’s busy, techie world, it might be fun to share this simple project with a youngster in your life while teaching them a bit about how our eye and brain work to give us our vision and the pinhole camera is a great example.
Stop in today and browse our wonderful variety of cameras. Add to or start your collection today!
Of course, as always, we’ll be watchin’ for ya. Stop by and say ‘hello’ and share your favorite collectibles! You might just discover an addition that “you’ll just have to purchase!” See you soon!
At Bahoukas we have a great assortment of Action Figures from movies and television shows including Star Wars to Star Trek, Sports with Starting LineUp and even bobbleheads!
Along with a wide variety of action figures, we also have sportsbooks, bobbleheads, and more.
So if you enjoy Action Figures…
You’ll definitely want to stop by Bahoukas Antiquesand browse through our collections. Whether you’re looking for a special one for your own collection, helping someone start a collection, or just want to play with some, we have a nice variety – many more that what we show here.
So yes, we’ll be watchin’ for you and ready to show you our Action Figures Collections!
Are you serious about reusing items to keep them out of landfills? Many items in antique stores, besides adding to a collection or being a wonderful decorating item, are also quite useful.
Kitchen Utensils to Repurpose!
Look at this photo of one wall of kitchen items that could easily enjoy another few years of purpose.
We also have
… rolling pins, cake dishes, pie tins, and cast iron pans to name just a few easily repurposed.
So many great ideas…
It’s well worth a visit to Bahoukas Antique Mall to see if we might have ‘just the item you need.’ If you need a link for other ideas, CLICK HERE. You’ll find dozens of items you probably never would think to look for at Bahoukas. Of course, we’re always watchin’ for ya!
As we keep reminding you, we have something for each and every age, taste, and style! Now, we know there are adults that have Pez Collections (Just ask George about his!). But we’re sharing some fun items for kids this time.
… love PEZ collectibles. And George is our expert on All-Things-PEZ.
Do your kids have favorite characters from movies, cartoons, etc?
Bring them in to see if there are some PEZ items they might enjoy collecting.
CLICK HERE for more PEZ related posts on our website.
books – Books – BOOKS!
From classics to Dr. Seuss and everything in between, our shelves of books for children are sure to make a perfect escape on a rainy (or simply ‘too hot’) day! Bring them in and give them the opportunity to discover something of interest: Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins, Donna Parker, the Classics, and a great variety of Golden Books.
Of course, we have comics and puzzles, and other fun items for kids.
And don’t forget, we also have a wonderful selection of books and magazines for adults including the complete Pulaski Seriesby Robert Lackey that are historical novels that center on Havre de Grace beginning with our canal and lockhouse time period. In fact, he visited with his latest book of the series, #10 Pulaski’s Redemption.
You’ll notice all kinds of fun events related to “Christmas in July.” Here at Bahoukas Antique Mall, it’s like Christmas all year when you browse our 9,000+ sq ft of treasures and discoveries!
Christopher Radko included
Included with the latest addition to our Christmas collections, are several dozen beautiful ornaments that include some Christopher Radko designs. Do you know that Christopher Radko is still alive and making gorgeous Christmas ornaments? Do you know the history?
CLICK HERE for interesting background from his website.
Watch the video below to see how they create a Christopher Radko ornament. Here’s the link to their page with more details. At Bahoukas we love sharing bits of knowledge about our wonderful collections, it’s our ‘thing.’
Since you’re in the mood for “Christmas”
CLICK HERE for more info about Christmas and Holiday Decorations at Bahoukas from previous posts!
And just in case you didn’t realize, we have a wonderful Christmas in July event THIS SATURDAY, July 10, 2021, at our local Joseph L. Davis Post 47 American Legion. Here’s the info below.
Be sure to visit us Bahoukas …
We’ll be here til 8pm! And yes, you can be assured, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Whether you’re looking for an addition to your tins and can collection or you just love to use them for storage or accent pieces in your decor, we have a wonderful variety of cans that include everything from coffee to tobacco.
To view more of our posts for tins and cans, CLICK HERE
Coffee Tins to Beer Cans
How do you display your tin collection? Do you actually use any of them? Stop in and share your unique uses of your collectible tin cans. CLICK HERE for just one beautiful example of decorating with vintage tins to get your creative juices flowing!
Don’t forget that in our Beer MuZeum we have a huge – huge – huge collection of beer cans as well!
To view more of our Beer Cans and Brewmania, click on Beer MuZeum in our categories. For a really intriguing collectible in our Beer Can selections, CLICK HERE
Of course, you know we’ll be watchin’ for ya. Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum soon. Share your interests and stories.
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
Archie Jelly Jars
Preakness & Kentucky Derby Glasses
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.
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.
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!
Bahoukas Antique Mall & Beer MuZeum has a military collection worth browsing. This recent collection includes a variety of DUI – Distinctive Unit Insignias including many from WWII, a Coast Guard Cap, Awards Ribbons, A Unit Patch (we have many more), a Cap Badge, and a Spec 5 Patch.
A distinctive unit insignia (DUI) is a metal heraldic device worn by soldiers in the United States Army. The DUI design is derived from the coat of arms authorized for a unit. DUIs may also be called “distinctive insignia” (DI), a “crest” or a “unit crest” by soldiers or collectors. The term “crest” however, in addition to being incorrect, may be misleading, as a DUI is an insignia in its own right rather than a heraldic crest. The term “crest” properly refers to the portion of an achievement of arms which stands atop the helmet over the shield of arms. (Nevertheless, a minority of DUIs happen to depict crests, such as those of many National Guard state area commands.) The U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry is responsible for the design, development and authorization of all DUIs.
From Military Wikia
Here’s a link to our Military Posts.
MILITARY LINK – Some of these items may no longer be available, but you’ll get a pretty good idea of the variety of Military Collectibles that we have. And we’re always receiving more.
Stop in over Havre de Grace’s Independence Weekend Celebrations and browse the shop. We’ll be watchin’ for ya. And just so you don’t miss out on anything, here’s the schedule of events!
We absolutely love this collection. If, per chance, you don’t remember what Depression Glass is, here’s a bit of background:
Glassmakers couldn’t sustain through the Great Depression by providing the popular labor-intensive cut crystal glass of the 1920s to the upper class. Much like we’ve seen distilleries pivot to hand sanitizer and designers pivot to mask production during the COVID-19 pandemic, glass companies that once made luxury crystal were forced to reconsider their products. In an attempt to keep people employed, glass factories in the Ohio River Valley pivoted to mass-producing significantly cheaper molded, patterned glassware thanks to an innovative machine that could produce upwards of 1,000 pieces a day.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Do you know names used for the early dollhouses of the 17th century? (answer at end of article)
Did you collect FAIRYKINS?
In 1962 the Louis Marx Toy Company introduced another line of miniature hand-painted figures based on characters made popular by nursery rhymes and fairytales, such as those by the Brothers Grimm. The 35 cute but generic Fairykins figures are often confused with Disneykins. They were packaged and sold in basically the same formats as Disneykins and were also miniature remakes of popular 1950s figures.
If you’ve not yet visited our store, you’re missing out on over 9,000 sq. ft. of browsing adventure! Even more fun is the fact that you just never know what you’ll find. Here are a couple of examples of the thousands of wonderful and whimsical items to add a bit of accent to your decor!
TRIVIA QUESTION: What year did the Lava Lamp turn 50? (answer at end of article)
Metal, balancing whale
This delightful piece would make a great interest focus in your living room or absolutely delight a young child for their room.
The Mesmerizing Lava Lamp
At a certain moment in the late 1960s, the lava lamp came to symbolize all things countercultural and psychedelic—although, as you might expect, those who basked in its lurid glow sometimes had trouble recalling exactly why. It’s like asking, “Why did we like Jackson Pollock?” says Wavy Gravy, the longtime peace activist and Grateful Dead sidekick. “Because it was amazing! It causes synapses in your brain to loosen up.”
The latest addition to our Military and Civil War Antiques and Collectibles are about 20 issues of Harper’s Weekly Magazine from the 1860s.
Harper’s Weekly was the most widely read journal in the United States throughout the period of the Civil War. So as not to upset its wide readership in the South, Harper’s took a moderate editorial position on the issue of slavery prior to the outbreak of the war. Publications that supported abolition referred to it as “Harper’s Weakly”. The Weekly had supported the Stephen A. Douglas presidential campaign against Abraham Lincoln, but as the American Civil War broke out, it fully supported Lincoln and the Union. A July 1863 article on the escaped slave Gordon included a photograph of his back, severely scarred from whippings; this provided many readers in the North their first visual evidence of the brutality of slavery. The photograph inspired many free blacks in the North to enlist.
Some of the most important articles and illustrations of the time were Harper’s reporting on the war. Besides renderings by Homer and Nast, the magazine also published illustrations by Theodore R. Davis, Henry Mosler, and the brothers Alfred and William Waud.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.”
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!)
Or maybe you just like to have unique items, we call ‘conversation pieces,’ on your table or shelf. The Red Cross invalid feeder is from WWI.
… an “invalid feeder” which was often found in many homes late in the 19th into the 20th century. They were used to facilitate the feeding of invalids. A liquid or semi-soft food was placed in the feeder and the spout was then placed in the person’s mouth. In the movie “The English Patient” the use of a feeder was shown in a brief flashback.
Also known as Pap Boats, Invalid Feeders were used throughout the 19th century and well into the 20th century to aid in the feeding of patients that were too weak to feed themselves and in feeding infants. The use of invalid and infant feeders was much more popular in Europe than in the United States. A mixture called Pap, consisting of flour, bread, and water was mixed together to creat a gruel that was fed to the patient. Typically, the feeders were made of ceramic and colorfully decorated, with some shaped like animals for feeding children. Some early Invalid Feeders were made out of sterling silver or clear glass.
It seems like the perfect day to mention our collection of Flags of the World by TOPPS 1950s. These non-sports collectors cards by Topps have colorful drawings on the front and information about the country on the back with a bit of trivia.
Stop in to browse this collection, they’re in excellent condition.
What is Flag Day? Why is it on June 14?
Flag Day is celebrated annually on June 14 to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. It was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.
The first “American” flag was created in 1775 when the Continental Army was established to fight against the British during the American Revolution, according to HISTORY.com. It consisted of red and white altering stripes and a Union Jack in the corner. Not wanting the new nation’s flag to bare a resemblance to the British one, George Washington called for the creation of a new symbol.
It was resolved during the Second Continental Congress that, “the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
It doesn’t really matter. These green glass figural bottles are simply beautiful.
Below are a few photos of these unique collection we recently received at Bahoukas. I, personally, think a wonderful daylily or two in one of them would make a beautiful statement in your home or office decor.
No matter how you might use them, these green glass figural bottles are spectacular. So we’ll be watchin’ for ya to arrive and browse!