Kid Fun with Molds

No, not the mold that grows in dark, damp spaces. But molds of plastic for crafty fun and great play!

In the photo above, it’s “Motorized Monster Makers” by Topper.

Plus we have two great Injector Mold games by Mattel:

Mattel Injector: Western World
Mattel’s Injector featuring Western World
Mattel Injector: Strange Change featuring Lost World
Mattel’s Strange Change Machine
Create The Lost World Strange Change Machine by Mattel tv commercial

We also have a box of miscellaneous Mattel Creepy Crawler molds and Plasti-Goop.

miscellaneous box of Mattel Creepy Crawler molds and plastic goop
Miscellaneous Creepy Crawler molds by Mattel with Plasti- Goop

NOTE TO PARENTS: We believe there are updated materials to use with these molds. What a fun project to do together. eeeeeeoooouuuuuuu

Don’t forget, less than 6 weeks til Christmas. We’re watchin’ for ya and eager to help you find something unique for your gift list!

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!

Do You Remember Red Rose Tea?

300 Million Plus

It is estimated that over the years, more than 300 million miniature Wade figures have been distributed with Red Rose Teas. Does someone you know collect them? And Red Rose Tea is still very popular as are their Wade miniatures!

Miniature Wade figures of farm animals and more

Another Tiny Collection

These miniature Wade Figures offer another ‘tiny collection’ that can be fun to collect. Maybe you have a child that would enjoy creating a collection. Originally called Wade Whimsies, there are several series created through the years.

The American Series #1, (1983 to 1985) consisted of 15 figurines, with one Whimsies packaged in each box of Red Rose tea.

The first animal series included a chimp, lion, bison, bush baby, owl, bear cub, rabbit, squirrel, bird, otter, hippo, turtle, seal, wild boar, and elephant.

Series II ( 1985 to 1996 )

The second series, also of animals, was issued from 1985 to 1996 and totaled 20 figurines. It was selected from a group that had also first appeared in earlier Wade series. The animals represented were the giraffe, koala bear, pine marten, langur, gorilla, kangaroo, tiger, camel, zebra, polar bear, orangutan, leopard, rhino, raccoon, leopard, puppy, rabbit, kitten, pony and cockateel.

Series III – The Circus Animal Series (1994 to 1999) was the third to appear.

Fifteen figurines made up this series, including; ringmaster, human cannonball, strongman, clown with drum, clown with pie, bear, sitting elephant, standing elephant, male monkey, female monkey, lion, poodle, seal, horse, and tiger.

SERIES IV – Endangered North American Animals ( 1999 and 2002 ), was the fourth series.

The 10 figurines were the spotted owl, bald eagle, polar bear, peregrine falcon, humpback whale, Florida panther, manatee, green sea turtle, timber wolf, and sturgeon.

SERIES V – Noah’s Ark was the fifth series.

Fourteen male and female animals, representing seven kinds of wildlife, and a single figurine of Noah and his wife made up the set of 15. They include the elephant, rhino, zebra, goose and gander, hen and rooster, ram and ewe, lion and lioness, and Noah and his wife.

SERIES VI – Pet Shop Friends ( 2006 to 2008 ) was the sixth series.

The 10 animals appearing between 2006 and 2008 were the duck, pony, rabbit, turtle, kittens, puppies, Labrador, budgie, tropical fish, and cat.

SERIES VII – The Wade Red Rose Calendar series ( 2008 to 2012 ) was the seventh series.

One figure representative of each month was included from 2008 to 2012: snowman, cupid, leprechaun, Easter bunny, Mother’s Day flowers, graduation, Uncle Sam, sandcastle, scarecrow, pumpkin kitty, turkey, and Christmas tree.

SERIES VII – the Nautical Wonderland Series, the eighth and current series, was introduced in 2012.

The series includes the compass, conch shell, mermaid, ships wheel, treasure chest, divers helmet, lighthouse, sailboat, seagull, seahorse, crab, and starfish.

NOTE: the info for Series I thru VII are from Antiques-Mark.com

Did You Know?

They are still creating Miniature Wade Figurines for Red Rose Tea. And the Red Rose Tea website has very interesting information related to their teas as well as their Wade figures.

*In 2012, The Nautical Wonderland Series came next.

Explore our nautical heritage with these twelve figurines. This series illustrates everything to love about the ocean, from the warmth and calm of the beach, to the adventure and spirit of sailing the seas, to the mysteries and legends of the sunken depths.

*American Heritage Series (2016)

Exclusively designed by Wade Ceramics, these splendid, porcelain miniatures celebrate the illustrious history of America, from Colonial Times to the Space Age. Red Rose Tea is proud to depict landmark moments in our national history through these distinguished miniatures.

*World Monument Series (2020)

Explore the globe with these porcelain miniatures exclusively designed by Wade Ceramics! Iconic landmarks, feats of architecture and mysteries of the world are represented. Travel back to ancient times or marvel at modern achievements – the Worldwide Monument Series has it all!

*These are from the Red Rose Tea website. At this site, you can view photos of the latest miniatures.

So stop by and see our collection of Wade miniatures. Maybe you’ll want to add to your own collection or help a young person start their ‘tiny collection.’ We’re here. And yep, we’re 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

Teacups and Teapots

 

Japanese teacups

Beautiful…

These photos barely touch on the splendor of beautiful teacups and saucers, teapots, and more. Whether you use them to drink your favorite tea or to decorate with them by adding a living plant or a dried arrangement, these pieces are stunning.

Is there a little spot in your home that needs just what these pieces offer – beauty and color and function if you wish? Stop in and pick your perfect choice today!

One example are these pieces of Japanese teacups and teapot to the left. Beautiful colors in fine pieces waiting for you to put them to good use.

All of these wonderful pieces are just waiting for the appreciative eyes of a lover of all things exquisite.

Need ideas for decorating with teacups? CLICK HERE!

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Teacups and more at Bahoukas
Do we have teacups? You bet we do!

Maybe you have a youngster who would love to have a tea party with you. Check us out. And you bet, we’re watchin’ for ya and ready to help you find the perfect item you’re searching for.

Lamps Galore!

Do you or someone you know need a lamp? We bet you didn’t think of Bahoukas Antiques when you decided to look! But we have wonderful lamps. You’ll need to look UP – DOWN – and yes, ALL AROUND! Maybe you need a cute lamp for a new baby’s room. Or a lamp to read by that accents your living room decor. Whether short and stout, tall and slender, or in-between, we have LAMPS!

We also have a huge supply of oil lamps that add a certain charm to the holidays and are very helpful when the electricity goes out!

Look up! You’ll find a wonderful variety of lamps!

With a store that overflows with hidden treasures, we have to encourage you to look UP to see a variety of lamps and lanterns available to light up your home or office.

We look forward to helping you find a few very special gifts for your holiday list. Stop in and let us help. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collectible Currency

Japanese Military Currency WWII

During World War II in the Philippines, the occupying Japanese government issued a fiat currency in several denominations; this is known as the Japanese government-issued Philippine fiat peso. … The Second Philippine Republic under President José P. Laurel outlawed possession of guerrilla currency, and declared a monopoly on the issuance of money, so that anyone found to possess guerrilla notes could be arrested or even executed.

Some Filipinos called the fiat peso “Mickey Mouse money”. Many survivors of the war tell stories of going to the market laden with suitcases or “bayóng” (native bags made of woven coconut or buri leaf strips) overflowing with the Japanese-issued bills. According to one witness, 75 “Mickey Mouse” pesos, or about 35 U.S. dollars at that time, could buy one duck egg. In 1944, a box of matches cost more than 100 Mickey Mouse pesos.

from Wikipedia
Japanese Pesos used in the Philippines WWII military currency

US-French Military Currency WWII

US-French franc WWII currency

The “flag ticket” franc (French: Billet drapeau

was a currency issued by the United States for use in Allied-occupied France in the wake of the Battle of Normandy. With the swift take-over of sovereignty by General Charles de Gaulle, who considered the US occupation franc as “counterfeit money”, the currency rapidly faded out of use in favour of the pre-war French franc. First Series-Supplemental French Franc Currency. Second Series-Provisional French Franc Currency.

from Wikipedia

German Marks from the early 1900s

We have 3 different German Marks that have recently arrived at our shop.

1920 German Mark
1920 German Mark
1908 German Mark
1908 German Mark
1923 German Mark
1923 German Mark

Stop in to view these latest currencies in our bill and coin collections. Here’s a sampling of the rest of our collection:

Start your coin collection at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace
Just a sampling of our coins and currency collections.

It’s the perfect time to begin to think of that unusual, unique, special gift for that very important person on your holiday gift list. And we’re here – watchin’ for ya!

Tiny Shoes

Tiny Collections

Sometimes we want to enjoy a collection that doesn’t take up as much space as others. Today, we highlight ‘tiny shoes.’ We have a variety of them but the ice skates are… well…just too cute.

tiny shoes collection at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace - notice the tiny ice skate!!!
These tiny skates add a fun item to your tiny collectibles.

MIX & MATCH

Tiny collections can be a single focus – like the tiny shoes – or they can be a mix and match with a theme you choose. It’s so much fun to be creative as you choose your theme and story about your tiny collections.

Ornaments?

Tiny collections can often be used in your holiday decor. Whether they’re added to a wreath, used in a floral arrangement, or maybe even hung from the Christmas tree, tiny shoes can be fun. (Can’t you picture the tiny ice skates in one of your holiday decorations?)

Need A Different Tiny Idea?

Maybe collecting tiny shoes isn’t tickling your creativity. You’ll just need to come in and browse our 9,000+ sq. ft. of our collection of collections and choose your favorite “tinies.” There are dozens of themes and ideas just waiting to be discovered. As you think about the coming holidays, consider a couple of these tiny items to add to your decor. And yes, you can be sure, we’re watchin’ for ya!

Hats and Personalities

The hat you choose to wear reveals a lot about you. Headwear is not only functional, but a fashionable accessory that characterizes you. It also tells everyone your persona by the type or brand of the hat on your head.

from The Adair Group

Wonder what the mink fur hat and the green felt above might say about the wearer! Or the straw cloche or feathered pillbox below?

Beige straw women's cloche with green band and white flower and a yellow feathered pillbox - both available at Bahoukas
Straw cloche and feathered pillbox

How Many Styles of Hats?

In doing a little research, we found this site that lists 56 Types of Hats For Men and Women! So much fun. And do you wonder how many hats we might have right here at Bahoukas Antiques? Take a peek at this photo:

millinery display at Bahoukas - something for every outfit if you like
George at Bahoukas checking out the ladies hats just in time for the Preakness!

Hat Manners!

Yes, believe it or not, there are rules to wearing hats. I’m sure, many have been lost in the last few decades…

For Men…

Men should always remove their hats, including baseball caps and casual hats, upon entering a building.Hats should not be worn when inside, with an exception to areas related to public streets, such as corridors, lobbies, and elevators in public buildings. In public buildings, an elevator is deemed a public area, so the hat may be left on the head.

Men must remove their hats during the playing of the National Anthem, during the passing of the American flag, and for funeral processions, outdoor weddings, dedications, and photographs. Removed hats are clutched with the hands in a way so that only the outside of the hats are visible.

Hat tipping is a traditional gesture of politeness, having the same source as a military salute, which originated from the raising of medieval knights’ face visors to indicate friendliness.

from The Adair Group

For Women…

Women do not need to remove their hats when indoors, as often as men, with the exception of rain hats. Dress hats rarely need removal. This rule of protocol grew out of the function of women’s hats as ensemble-specific accessories. While men may have many hats to partner with a variety of outfits, women may partner only one hat to an individual outfit. Similarly, women’s hats worn specifically for warmth are to be removed when indoors.

Women may leave hats on during the playing of The National Anthem when indoors, unless the hat is unisex, such as a baseball cap. When wearing such a cap or hat, a woman must adhere to the same guidelines as for men.

from The Adair Group

There you have it – more than you ever wanted to know about HATS! So stop by and see what we might have that would suit YOUR personality. We’re here – and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Broken China to Beautiful Mosaics

Just like “aloha” means much more than just “hello” or “goodbye,” the shaka is more than just a simple greeting or gesture of thanks. Saying “aloha” means that there is mutual regard and affection for the other person. It is acknowledging the importance of each and every individual in collective existence. This same core value is reflected in the shaka. The simple gesture symbolizes reverence, solidarity, compassion, and friendship. It is a sign of respect and mutual understanding for the recipient.

from Blog.Padi

Shaka Wave Mosaic

This mosaic is strong and joyful. A beautiful creation, one of many, by Barbara Wagner. She creates from both stained glass and broken pieces of china. She is self-taught and amazingly talented.

The link in the quote above also has a fun video describing the ‘history’ of the shaka wave with a good deal of humor! Having a daughter who now lives in Hawaii with her family, Barbara has had a wonderful opportunity to experience the goodwill of the islands.

Art & Antique Shops

It’s really wonderful to see the many ways that antiques and collectibles can be recycled/upcycled with the amazing creativity of crafters and artists. Barbara Wagner (yes, beautiful wife of George) has found her artistic side creating outstanding mosaics from broken pieces of china. So nothing goes to waste at Bahoukas.

In case you’re curious. We found this easy-to-understand blog post explaining the difference between a stained glass and a mosaic glass piece. CLICK HERE to read it.

Framed mosaic “Water” and two ornaments (star and heart) – stained glass mosaics by Barbara Wagner of GreenJoy

Tap Handle

A unique mosaic with colors of the Maryland Flag created by Barbara available at Bahoukas. This would make a perfect gift for that person who has their own beer on tap in their basement mancave or collects unusual beer taps.

Daisies in a Vase

This is one of my favorites created by Barbara. I love the 3-D effect created by using 1/2 of a tiny vase.

Ready to Play Games?

These beautifully crafted mosaic game tables make a wonderful statement: you love games, you appreciate art, and you’re ready to play! No matter your choice – checkers or chess – the beautiful mosaic games tables are a creation to be seen to be truly appreciated.

Stop by Bahoukas

View the amazing stained glass and broken china pieces mosaics created just in time for a perfect holiday gift.

Hurry! They probably won’t be here long.

And yes, we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Halloween Cookie Cutters and More!

Carve Pumpkins!

We know it’s only a few days until Halloween. But if you’re planning on baking some cookies, you may want to stop in and purchase this delightful and collectible set of metal cookie cutters celebrating Halloween.

But did you know you can use these metal cookie cutters to also help you carve pumpkins?

We found this amazing blog post on the many ways you might use cookie cutters to create everything from designs on your toast, little hearts on pizza, to holiday ornaments.

READ IT HERE for 47 Great Ideas

Perfect metal cookie cutters for your card playing group - diamond, heart, club, spade

Love to Play Cards?

Add a bit of fun to your game night.

Make cookies or cut sandwiches with
cookie cutters in the perfect designs:

Diamonds – Hearts – Spades – Clubs!

miscellaneous metal cookie cutters available at Bahoukas Antiques
horse, star, heart, bell, circle
Metal cookie cutters: round, bell, heart (this one is from the 1930s), star and horse

Plan ahead for the coming holidays

Along with the miscellaneous cookie cutters above, we also have these delightful designs that are just perfect for the holidays. The dark tin ones are from the 1930s, the Halloween ones are from the 70s, and the others are probably 50s to 70s.

Christmas metal cookie cutters (the dark tin ones are from the 1930s - candy cane, snowman, gingerbread man, Santa, and tree
Metal cookie cutters for the holidays – the dark tin ones are from the 1930s.
Candy Cane, Snowman, Gingerbread Man, Santa, and Christmas Tree

We’re here…

We want to make the coming holidays easy for you, fun for everyone, and a bit unique. Stop in and see what you might find for a perfect gift, a great addition to your decorating, or to find an item that makes your creativity blossom when you make your special holiday gifts.

And yep, we most certainly are watchin’ for ya!

INSULATORS

Have you ever looked at these strange items and wondered what the heck they are? Well, wonder no more. We’ve got the squeal on the deal!

… a really fun collectible

insulators - a fun collectible - can be found at Bahoukas
A selection of porcelain insulators at Bahoukas

Glass insulators come in hundreds of distinct styles, shapes and sizes; and hundreds of different colors (in all colors of the rainbow)! What could be prettier than a glass “rainbow” in your kitchen window – with each different color glowing as the sun shines in? Insulators have also been made in porcelain, wood, rubber, plastic, and iron.

When you add to this the amount of different embossings, base types (with or without drip points, different styles of drip points, etc.) there are literally thousands of different insulators available.

If you don’t like large collectibles, you can go as small as 2 inches. If you perfer BIG, many insulators are available in sizes over a foot across and a foot tall.

from Rainbow Riders Trading Post
A part of the many insulators available at Bahoukas
Glass Insulators at Bahoukas

Many started the collections to put on a window sill to catch the sunlight. Then like many behaviors, the collection grew and soon becomes … well … a bit larger than you ever expected.

Insulators at Bahoukas, let us help you start your collection
Another variety of insulators

Some insulators date back to 1844, with the inception of the telegraph. (They were used to hold wires off the ground.) They are real pieces of history that you can hold in your hand and put on a shelf.

Some porcelain insulators are still being made (although most cities are putting most of the power and telephone lines underground without insulators), but production of glass insulators ceased in 1969.

Insulators have made it through wars (including the Civil War), being buried for years, or just being unnoticed for 100 years or more in a remote area. Many have survived the gunshots from cowboys of old and little boys of late; and many wooden insulators were not destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fire.


The early telegraph lines paralleled the transcontinental railroad, and insulators became an integral part of railroad safety.


from Rainbow Riders Trading Post

If you’re curious and want to know a wee bit more before starting your collection, this video below will definitely help.

When you’re ready to get started, or you want to add an insulator or two to your collection, stop in and see what we have. Yes sir (or m’am), we’ll be waitin’ for ya!

Pocket Knives and more

Imperial Knives of Providence RI

We have a full collection of Imperial Knives from the 1970s. These knives were recognized for excellent prices and fair quality. They were made in the U.S. until the late 80s from everything we could find.

Imperial Cutlery has been producing great knives for
incredible prices for over 100 years. 

… The prices are amazing, the quality is fair.
You get more than what you pay for.

from Knives and Tools
Complete Set of Imperial Diamond Edge Knives (1970s) Made in the U.S.

Other Knives in our collection

a variety of useful knives available for Dad at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

Pocket Knives

Along with the above Imperial Knives Collection, we have an assortment of other knives from small penknives to larger pocket knives.

A Bit of Pocket Knife History

The earliest known pocket knives date to
at least the early Iron Age.
A pocketknife with a bone handle was found at the Hallstatt Culture type site in Austria, dating to around 600–500 BCE. Iberian folding-blade knives made by indigenous artisans and craftsmen and dating to the pre-Roman era have been found in Spain. Many folding knives from the Viking era have been found. They carried some friction binders, but more often they seem to have used folding knives that used a closure to keep the blade open.

from Wikipedia

Intriguing…

Roman Archeological find of the Roman period of a folding or pocket knife and reconstruction, original found at Gellep, Germany

You know, it’s time to begin your holiday shopping. Do you have an adult in your life that would appreciate the gift of a pocket knife? Well, you know, we’re here and ready to help. Yep, we’re watchin’ for ya!

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!

DYNAMITE 8-track

KA-BOOM !!!!

The Panasonic RQ-830S Dynamite 8 Track Tape Player was introduced in 1974.


It is very easy to use, as Panasonic wrote down in their advertising:


“Slide in the tape. Out booms the music from an explosive-sounding dynamic speaker. Then push the plunger to change your channel and to change your tune.”


You can thus only change the volume and push the plunger to change your favorite song. Although its limited features, this 8 Track Player was considered to be one of the most innovative track players, also because of its design.


It works on batteries but also an adaptor is available.

Thereby, it was possible to take your music along with you, like in your car, on the street, on the beach …


from Collectors Weekly

CLASSY!

This 8 track player was an interesting piece that worked by hitting the plunger like on a detonator for dynamite to change the channel/track! See below to see how it works…

They came in Deonator Red, Bomb Blue, and Explosion Yellow! We are pretty sure they later came in black and white versions.

8-track in your cars!

8-track players had a relatively short life and were followed by a more versatile cassette player. So a ‘fix’ was created so that you could play your new collection of cassette tapes through the 8-track player in your car.

Cassette Adaptor for your car’s 8-track player by Audiovox

How the Cassette to 8-track worked

If you have a vintage car with its original 8-track player, you may the above video as it also goes into detail to make the converter work for cassette/8-track to mp3.

Stop in soon. We’re having fun here at Bahoukas and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Knuckle Busters ~ Clackers – ouch!

In 1968, tempered glass sphere models emerged that would eventually shatter, sending glass shards into the face of the user and anyone nearby. In the early 1970s, manufacturers changed them to plastic spheres suspended on each string. When they were swung up and down, banging against each other with a lot of force they made the loud “clacking” sound. Clackers are similar in appearance to bolas, the Argentine weapon. They are formed out of two solid balls of polymer, each about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, attached to a finger tab with a sturdy string. The player holds the tab with the balls hanging below and through up-and-down hand motion makes the two balls swing apart and back together, making the clacking noise that gives the toy its name. With practice one can make the balls swing so that they knock together both above and below the hand.

Clackers have also made some appearances in pop culture media. They are featured in the television shows of Dan Schneider, most notably the 2007 episode of Drake & Josh, “Megan’s First Kiss,” and in the 2008 Zoey 101 episode “Rumor of Love”, which described the toys as “the hottest in the 1993 Netherlands”, and which increased interest in the toys. Clackers were a plot point in the 1993 “Love and Sausages” episode of The Kids in the Hall TV series. They were also used as weapons by Joseph Joestar, the protagonist of the “Battle Tendency” arc of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure; their appearance there is anachronistic, as “Battle Tendency” takes place in 1938.

from Wikipedia

Or maybe you just remember driving your mom crazy with the ‘clacker’ sound!!! Check out this video!!

Showing you how Clackers – also known as “Knuckle Busters” – work!

DIRECTIONS FOR USING

package directions for using clacker balls
Directions for using Clacker Balls

We don’t recommend using these since they are the originals and we don’t want anyone hurt. But if you’re a collector of toys, they’ll be a great addition!

EXPLODING CLACKER BALLS

Did you ever have the clacker balls explode? Evidently, it created quite a stir. At one point the FDA, Society for the Prevention of Blindness, and even the Consumer Product Safety Commission deemed them a hazard. Read more about them by CLICKING HERE

It appears that you can still get Clacker Balls. They are made of plastic and do not shatter. The noise will still make one crazy. (chuckle)

Don’t forget to stop in soon. We’re 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!