Baseball – Hot Dogs – 4th of July

You can’t get more American than that!

We have half a dozen or so unique Classic Major League Baseball Board Games – travel size. Or… perfect for a picnic (or a rainy day)!

Test your trivia baseball knowledge and see if you can ‘win the game.’

back of the Classic Major League Baseball Trivia Board Game

“Classic Major League Baseball is a baseball knowledge game that is played in a very similar manner to the real-life game of baseball. The game has been developed so that virtually anyone from five years old to adult can play the game. The object of the game is to score more runs than your opponents by correctly answering questions.”

from the box cover

Do you collect baseball cards?

If you do, you just might enjoy these 2 variations of Baseball Trivia Board Games. These trivia games were manufactured for several years during the height of the sports trading card craze of the mid-90s, and came with a bunch of baseball cards. The cards are like standard baseball cards, but have four trivia questions on the back, labeled single, double, triple, and home run. The game proceeds like a game of baseball, but to determine the result of an at bat, the batter spins a spinner, which would say out, or one of the four hits. If they spun a hit, they would have to answer the question on the back of the cards to see if they got the hit. As with real baseball, there are three outs to an inning, and 9 innings. The player who ends with the most runs wins.

1990 Classic Baseball Major League Baseball Trivia Board Game
Classic Major League Baseball Board Game – Trivia

Be ready if there’s a rain-out this weekend!

Stop in soon and grab a game or two. Keep the fun in the weekend no matter what the weather may bring. Give those baseball trivia folks a challenge and enjoy the laughs!

Yep, we’ll be here and you know, we’re watchin’ for ya!

back view of Classic Major League Baseball Trivia Board Game
Back of the 1990s Classic ML Baseball Trivia Goard Game

Who Doesn’t Love Horses

With the amazing Kentucky Derby Race featuring the winner, Rich Strike, we thought we’d share a few of our horse-y collectibles today! Just to remind you of this amazing race (who didn’t even get picked to run until the day before the race!), here’s the video from NBC Sports.

We have a few wonderful Horse Collectibles

From a number of toy items to beautiful figurines, horses always seem to inspire. Do you have a youngster that’s saving for their first horse? Check out this latest addition to our horse category!

Beautiful cast iron horse bank!
Horse figures – from Jadeite to cast iron.

The above figurines are the latest entries to our horse collection – including plastic, ceramic, bronze, Jadeite, and cast iron. Also check out the TOY AREA for a few more great choices of horse figures.

CLICK HERE for one of our great posts from May 2018 – talkin’ ’bout horses!

It looks like a bit of rain off and on this weekend. If you’re ducking the raindrops, stop in and visit. We’ll be watchin’ for ya (and yes, we even have a few great umbrellas you can purchase)!

Jackie Robinson added to Our “Starting Lineup” Collections

Never Opened Additions to Sports Figures

We’ve received a wonderful assortment of “Starting Lineup” sports figures in never-opened packages. Including the amazing Jackie Robinson pictured above and Babe Ruth pictured below.

Babe Ruth

Added to our “Starting Lineup” collection is this beautiful Babe Ruth figure – never opened.

Starting Lineup series 1998 includes Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa

Basketball “Starting Lineup” Figures

1996 edition Starting Lineup figures: Lakers - Cooper and Orlando - Hardaway
1996 edition Starting Lineup figures: Lakers – Cooper and Orlando – Hardaway

Hockey “Starting Lineup” Figures

Hockey Figures

“Starting Lineup” figures include Gretzky and Fuhr

Variety of Starting Lineup figures

And many more…

We have a wall of “Starting Lineup” figures ready and waiting for you! And this latest addition has added dozens to our collection.

Stop in soon and start or add to your collection. And yes, 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!

Lunch Boxes and School Desks

A bit of Lunch Box History

Dads carried metal tins with lunch to their jobs in the coal mines and factories. Of course, it wasn’t long before their children wanted to copy their dads.

… the first commercial lunch boxes, which resembled metal picnic baskets decorated with scenes of playing children, came out in 1902.

from Smithsonian Magazine

The first lunch box decorated with a famous licensed character was introduced in 1935. Produced by Geuder, Paeschke & Frey, it featured Mickey Mouse, and was a four-color lithographed oval tin, with a pull-out tray inside. It had no vacuum bottle, but did have a handle.

In 1950, Aladdin Industries created the first children’s lunch box based on a television show, Hopalong Cassidy. The Hopalong Cassidy lunch kit, or “Hoppy”, quickly became Aladdin’s cash cow. Debuting in time for back-to-school 1950, it would go on to sell 600,000 units in its first year alone, each at US$2.39. In 1953, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were featured on models introduced by American Thermos.

from Wikipedia
lunch boxes of metal and plastic at Bahoukas
Huge collection of decorated lunchboxes in plastic and metal

Many of the latest additions are complete with thermoses as well. Do stop in and check it out. They are a great last-minute gift for a child in your life – or your favorite collector. Remember, not just great for lunch, but fun for picnics, playing, keeping treasures, and more.

School Desks

Wooden school desk, cast iron base, lid lifts to a cubby for storing paper and books
Beautiful wooden and cast iron school desk.

The above desk is in beautiful condition. We also have another as pictured below:

wood school desk with cast iron base, lid lifts up for a cubby that can hold books and papers
Another beautiful wood school desk.

Another choice is this wood desk:

The front of the desk had the bench for the desk that sat in front of it

1881: The Fashion School Desk

The First Model

The first school desk was made in 1880 by John D. Loughlin in Sidney, Ohio. The desk, known as “The Fashion Desk,” proved to be extremely popular across the country. The practicality of the desks allowed for many to be put together in a one room schoolhouse, and the fashion aspect of it was aesthetically pleasing to those in the education industry. Loughlin’s marketing campaign also helped to sell these desks, which would eventually sweep the nation. The “Fashion Desks” were desks attached to one another and were big enough to seat two or three children. Usually, there was an inkwell so that the student could replenish his pen’s supply.

from TheClassroom.com

The Sidney School Furniture Company, located in Sidney, Ohio, began manufacturing the popular “Fashion” school desk in 1881. Advertising for the desk claimed, “No desk in the market is made with more care, nor of better materials than the ‘Fashion,’ and none has met with a more popular reception, or gives better satisfaction.” The desk featured a Patent T-head, which eliminated screws and bolts by joining the wood of the top, back, and seat to the legs, which were made of cast iron.

from EdTechMagazine.com
old wooden school chair with writing pad

Old School Chair

… with writing pad. These are solid and have a shelf on the bottom to place books and bags.

So whether it’s a lunchbox or a school desk, we can add a last-minute ‘surprise’ to your holiday gift-giving. Hurry in. We’re watchin’ for ya so that we can help you with your last-minute searches. Don’t forget, we DO CLOSE for Christmas Day and New Years Day. (Give us a call to be sure we didn’t leave early on the eve of both!) Happy Holidays!

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!

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!

Nascar-Coca Cola

Classy Pedal Car

This amazing Nascar – Coca Cola pedal car is in great condition. What a perfect item for your collection. Or even better – what a wonderful gift for a youngster in your life.

Coca Cola teams up with Nascar and this pedal car is just awesome!
Coca-Cola / Nascar Pedal Car

This was a promotion item used for window displays. Stop in and see if for yourself. Don’t forget, the days are growing shorter and Christmas isn’t really far away! In any case, you know we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Crabs and Oysters

The blue crab is a highly sought-after shellfish. Blue crabs live up and down the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico and are caught by both commercial and recreational fishermen. Its scientific name—Callinectes sapidus—translated from Latin means ‘beautiful savory swimmer.’

Blue crabs are the most valuable fishery in the Chesapeake Bay. They are also major predators of benthic communities and are prey for many other fish species. Blue crabs are so treasured in the region that the blue crab is the Maryland state crustacean.

from Fisheries.noaa.gov
beautiful blue crab of the Chesapeake
beautiful blue crab

New to Eating Crabs?

Let us help you out!

Do you know what BABY OYSTERS are called?

SPAT! That’s right. Here’s a fun article: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Chesapeake Oysters.

Have you ever wondered if eating oysters is really healthy? Check out this article:

“Yes, oysters are very good for you,” according to preventive cardiology dietitian Julia Zumpano, RD, LD. 

“In fact, you probably didn’t know that it’s hard to beat all the health benefits of oysters from a nutritional standpoint,” she says.

from ClevelandClinic.org
Oysters from the Chesapeake - YUM
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

New to Oysters? Watch this:

Along with a few crab mallets, we also have these beautiful oyster knives.

wooden handled oyster knives at Bahoukas
Oyster Knives

Finally – Maryland Skipjacks

Skipjacks in the Chesapeake and oyster drudgin’ are as much a part of Maryland culture as duck hunting and decoys. We couldn’t talk about crabs and oysters without a bit about skipjacks. And don’t forget to visit the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum and Havre de Grace Maritime Museum for local history.

SKIPJACKS

The Maryland State Boat has a colorful history. And you might find some items in our shop at Bahoukas to add to your Maryland collection.

The skipjack became the State Boat in 1985 (Chapter 788, Acts of 1985; Code General Provisions Article, sec. 7-327).At that time, the General Assembly noted that: “. . . Recent efforts to restore the environmental integrity of the Chesapeake Bay have rekindled interest and appreciation in the majestic estuary as not only an economic asset but also as the foundation for a way of life for many Marylanders; and . . . Nothing better represents the way of life of Maryland watermen than the historic Chesapeake Boat known as the Skipjack . . .”

Skipjack under sail on Chesapeake Bay. Photo by Marion E. Warren (Marion E. Warren Collection, MSA SC1890-BP7506, Maryland State Archives).

from MSA.Maryland.gov

We encourage you to stop in and see these items. We may have some oyster plates as well. And check out our book selections, you just might find a cookbook with ideal recipes for crabs, oysters, or perfect side dishes. Yep, we’ll be here and waitin’ for ya!

Heddon Fishing Lures

1898– The original fishing lures were frogs carved from broomsticks by James Heddon. He came upon the idea when he threw a stick he had whittled into a local lake known as the Mill Pond, and watched as a bass hit it.

from wikipedia

This assortment of fishing lures includes Heddon crazy crawler (wood), red one – dare devil lure, wood frog, wood grasshopper – all vintage. The metal one is a dingbat popper. The large one is a gold color wooden pike.

Larger view of the frog and grasshopper (Heddon lures)

A bit more about the Heddon lures:

1902– The first manufactured fishing lures were created by James and his son Will (also, W.T.). Will moved to Florida to test and develop new plugs, as the wooden lures became known.

1932– The first plastic fishing lures were introduced. They gained the name “Spook” because of their transparent color appearance. These early lures were susceptible to decay from poor early plastic mixtures. Few examples remain, the examples that have survived usually are distorted by bubbling. Because of their scarcity, they are premium priced collectors items today.

FROM WIKIPEDIA

It’s all serendipity!

Who would have thought tossing a whittled stick in the water would lead to a small business that created something people still collect today?

Stop in and check this out plus several others. You just never know what you’ll discover at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. We’re here…and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Action Figures Fun

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!

Star Trek Action Figures
Star Trek Action Figures
Star Wars Action Figures
Star Wars Action Figures
Star Wars Action Figures
Star Wars Action Figures

Love Sports?

Starting Lineup Action Figures
A wide variety of sports are represented with our Starting Lineup Action Figures!
Starting Lineup Action Figures
Starting Lineup Action Figures
Starting Lineup Action Figures
Starting Lineup Action Figures

Along with a wide variety of action figures, we also have sportsbooks, bobbleheads, and more.

Sports Books, Bobbleheads, and more at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Sports Books, Bobbleheads, and more

So if you enjoy Action Figures…

You’ll definitely want to stop by Bahoukas Antiques and 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!

NASCAR and July 4th

This #24 Jeff Gordon item is only one of scores of collectibles you may enjoy.

An Independence Day Celebration

Along with parades and fireworks, Nascar racing has also become an American tradition for July 4th. This year they’re back. CLICK HERE for this Sunday’s Nascar schedule.

In the meantime, stop in and browse our collection of NASCAR memorabilia. We have quite a few items from older NASCAR collections.

The above # 24 Jeff Gordon NASCAR collectible is part of the Brookfield Collectors Guild and is in it’s original box.

In the meantime, we’ll be watchin’ for ya at the store. And to help make your weekend special, we’ve included the activities happening over the Independence Weekend in Havre de Grace. CLICK HERE

Fall is in the air…

Biking, hiking, trail rides and hayrides beckon us!

Motorcycle models at Bahoukas Antique Mall
For yourself or to give as a gift this, we have some fun Motorcycle Models!

Yes, the fall brings out that feeling of “We have to get outdoors before the snows come!” Now, we know you can’t ride these since they’re just models of motorcycles. But we also know they’d look great on your collection shelf or as a gift for someone special this holiday season.

motorcycle models
Harley Davidson Motor Cycle models / Hot Wheels
A wonderful variety of Harley Davidson Motorcycle Models

Stop in soon and see what we have to offer. Pick one or two before they’re gone. Then keep on rollin’ down that highway, whether on a real bike – or in your mind. Safe travels! And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Baseball Season

Baseball cards and more…

Ripkin Collectibles

Above are a set of baseballs for Cal Ripkin. Come check them out! While you’re here, check out the sports books we have available!

A unique gift set for the inaugural season of the Washington Nationals.

Baseball Player Bobbleheads

Of course, what’s a sports collectible without a bobblehead or figurine? Stop by and browse our collections! You might just find the one you’re looking for! Yes, we’ll be here and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Slot Cars and Tracks

… a little bit of history

By the fifties, America was moving firmly past the Second World War and into an era of unprecedented prosperity. More and more Americans felt they could afford some pleasant distractions. About this time Joseph and Gennaro Giammarino got together with John Cuomo and Abe Shikes to create a company that would become an icon of the American toy industry – Aurora Plastics Company. While you could fill a book with the history of this innovative business, we will focus on their contribution to slot cars and only briefly touch on some of their many accomplishments.

fromAFXRacing.com
Slot Cars at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Slot Cars Acquired Recently

By the end of 1976, AFX sales hit their all-time high of about $45 million on the back of the stunning popularity of the new technology. Quite an increase from the roughly $15 million in sales for the line in 1970.


fromAFXRacing.com

In doing a bit of research, we’ve been made aware that slot car racing is still alive and well in many countries. This interesting book, published in Dec. 2018, is an example of this interest.

THINGIES, a Retro Futuristic Slot Car Story

Here at Bahoukas, we have a small collection of slot cars as well as a number of slot car tracks.

Slot Car Tracks by TYCO available at Bahoukas Antiques

You can visit the Spanish site (also in English) SlotCar Today and discover how active the slot car hobby is today! It’s fascinating to realize how actively the concept of slot car racing is today.

Plus AFXRacing.com gives a great account of the many countries with a history of slot car racing.

Stop in and visit us. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collect Slot Cars?

Look at this assortment of 1970s AFX Aurora Slot Cars 

1960s collectible AFX Aurora Slot Cars at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

The Aurora Plastics Corporation introduced the A/FX (Aurora Factory Experimentals, later simply “AFX”) line of slot cars, slot car track sets, and related accessories in 1971. The AFX brand continued production until the company was forced into receivership in 1983.[1]Aurora designed the AFX cars with interchangeable car body shells usually compatible with each chassis they released during these years. The original 1971 A/FX chassis utilized an updated version of the existing pancake motor design of Aurora’s “Thunderjet 500” line, popular in the 1960s.[2] Aurora then released a longer version of the A/FX chassis in 1973, known as the “Specialty” chassis, which incorporated a longer wheelbase and gearplate (and often a more powerful armature) with bodies unique to that chassis. The car bodies designed to fit the shorter original chassis featured a clever snap-on design while the bodies for the Specialty chassis were affixed with a small screw. In late 1974, Aurora redesigned both the original and Specialty chassis and exposed the bottom of the motor magnets. The exposed magnets were attracted to the metal rails in the track during racing, creating downforce to help hold the car on the track while cornering. AFX “Magna-Traction” cars remained popular from their release in 1974 throughout 1983, even after faster chassis designs were introduced in house and by Tyco.    from Wikipedia

How popular were slot cars in America?

Here’s a quote from Rob Lammle in his article, Little Engines That Could: A Brief History of Slot Cars, published on MentalFloss.com in 2011:

Then in 1960, the British company Playcraft Model Motoring had a slot car display at a London toy show. Representatives from Aurora, an American company that specialized in scale model kits, snatched up the American marketing rights for Playcraft’s slots. Within five years, Aurora had sold 25 million slot cars to eager kids, becoming the most successful line of slot cars in history.

Stop by the store and take a peek at these very collectible slot cars. Yep, we’re here (decorating for the holidays) and we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collecting Fishing Reels

Do you know your reels?

1940s-1960s collectible fishing reels

Included in this photo are left to right: Penn Reel 1940s-50s, Zebco 1960s, Martin Fly Fishing Reel 1960s, and a JC Higgins Open Face Reel from the 1950s. 

While working on this particular blog post, we had to do a little research. We found this very interesting article on boatmags.com that will intrigue the novice and probably start a lot of debate among collectors and fishermen/women.  

Wikipedia relates an interesting development of the fishing reel and states that in 1651, English literature first reported a “wind” installed within two feet of the lower end of the rod. This is usually accepted as the earliest known written reference to a reel. However, there are examples of Oriental paintings that depict Chinese fishermen using reels of various sizes that date to the twelfth century.

Until the 1800’s the reel was used primarily as a storage device for excess line. However, in the 19th century there was a rapid development of the multiplying reel, which allowed reels to evolve into casting devices. Although multiplying reels were probably invented in Great Britain, the reels of George Snyder, of Paris, Kentucky, have become the most famous 19th century multipliers.

Did you realize that there was a “wind” or reel as early as the 12th century?

We certainly didn’t. But it seems they’ve been depicted in Oriental paintings. Fascinating!

The credit for the first multiplying reel in the U.S. goes to a Kentucky man. Sadly, not having patented or trademarked it, it was soon copied by others. The following quote is from Kentucky Monthly:

Snyder was born in or about 1780 in Pennsylvania and moved to Kentucky around 1803, settling in Paris. He was a watchmaker and silversmith, and also an avid and apparently skilled fisherman who is credited with building the first multiplying reel in the United States. Snyder owned, or had at least seen, a British-made 1-to-1 level wind reel and likely developed his multiplying design from this simple tool.

So, yes, we encourage you to stop in and browse our shop. Whether you’re looking for a reel or any other item from our “Collection of Collections,”, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Father-in-Law Day

Always July 30th

Father-In-Law Day honors your loving, funny, and cheerful father-in-law. Okay, so perhaps sometimes he is a little grumpy and intimidating. Regardless of his personality and charms, this day is dedicated to your spouse’s Dad. And, he certainly deserves a little recognition.

Good ways to celebrate this day are to send him a card, spend a little time with him, or give him his favorite snack.

Important note: If you gave your Father-In-Law recognition on Father’s Day,  it’s okay to give him a little recognition and a show of appreciation today, too.

collectible Baltimore Colts thermos carrier and a B-more Orioles Bird at Bahoukas

To help you celebrate Father-in-Law Day, we thought we’d round up a couple items that may be of interest. Of course, we have plenty of other interesting ideas if our 9,000+ sq ft or retail space. 

beautiful pocket watches and wristwatches make a great gift for Father-in-Law Day - available at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace, MD

It’s also International Friendship Day!

The world is filled with too much hatred, too much fighting and too much mistrust of others. The International Day of Friendship is certainly an opportunity to stop, and to reverse, these worldwide problems.

According to the United Nations, the official sponsor of this special day, the International Day of Friendship is day set aside to promote friendship among peoples, cultures and countries. Today is a time to encourage efforts towards peace, and to build bridges among different people. It is a day of respect for others, and a day to celebrate diversity.

According to the United Nations, on this day people, groups and governments should hold events and activities to promote mutual understanding and reconciliation.

On an individual level, use this day to promote friendship in big and small ways. You can begin by “extending an olive branch” to a sibling or a family member, a neighbor, or an old friend who we’ve had a falling out with. If we all try just a little the world will be a friendlier, more peaceful place.

This was a bit trickier to find in our store. But when we thought of friendship, these pieces came to mind:

E.T. and Eilliott glass, Donald and Daisy Duck glass, Small bust of JFK, Jack and Jill book - collectibles at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

The origin of International Day of Friendship has roots as far back as 1919 in the United States. The country of Paraguay  first celebrate this day on an national level on July 30, 1958.  Other countries with early celebrations include: several countries in South America, Bangladesh, India, and Malaysia. Different countries celebrated this day on varying dates in July, August and April.

In 2011, the United Nations declared this an official international day, to be celebrated annually on July 30th.

Finally, this month we celebrate MUTT’S DAY!

Mutts deserve their day in the spotlight, as much as a pure breed. If you own a mutt, or you are a mutt (reading this), then you know this day is for you.

By definition a mutt, sometimes called a “Half-breed”, is a dog that is of mixed breed.  They come from two to several breeds. Purebred owners, and sometimes the public in general, view them as lesser in many ways. Mutt owners know better. They value the diversity and uniqueness of their mutts. Sure, a mutt doesn’t carry the expensive price tag that a purebred with papers has on its head. To the mutt owner, however, the mutt is invaluable. In addition, mutts don’t walk around needing to prove anything. You won’t see them strutting around any dog shows trying to prove they are the best.

To all mutts and and mutt owners, we hope you thoroughly enjoy Mutt’s Day. Spend the day relaxing and doing all the things you and your dog like to do. Do so with both of your chins held high. For your mutt is worth a million bucks!

a variety of ideas to celebrate Mutt's Day - all this fun at Bahoukas Antique Mall

We have soapy’s and PEZ, a figurine and pull toy, and a large figurine to celebrate Mutt’s Day! 

This rounds out our month of unique and interesting holidays that are fun to celebrate. We enjoyed the search for both the holiday and the gift ideas! Of course, no one needs one of our silly reasons to stop in and check us out. It’s just 9,000 sq ft of treasure hunting. So stop in soon. Yes, we definitely will be watchin’ for ya!

Please note: all the quotes above are from Holiday Insights.