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!

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!

We Need the Rain!

… and a perfect day for reading!

Children's Classic books - assortment available at Bahoukas
Books you may remember – fun for the young people in your life!
Hardy Boys Classics
Hardy Boys Series
Golden books and more make wonderful children's gifts for the holidays! They can be found at Bahoukas.
Even more Golden Books for all ages…

Books are a great way to enjoy a rainy day … or just curl up and read for the fun of it. At Bahoukas Antique Mall we have a surprising number of books in nearly every category. Stop in and discover for yourself that book you’ve always wanted to read!

20 volume set of World's Greatest Literature by Spencer Press available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace
World’s Great Literature
world of cookbooks available at Bahoukas Antique Mall
World of Cookbooks and more…
Military books and more at Bahoukas Antique Mall
Military books
Collectible Comics Books at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace
Maybe you can’t convince a young one to read a book! But you might
get them started by having them read a comic!

Don’t forget we carry the Pulaski Saga series by Robert F. Lackey. It starts with Pulaski’s Canal and the setting is our very own Susquehanna Lock House! Book six recently released: Serpent’s Compromise. And continues through book seven: Despot’s Heel, coming out in November!

And yes – we’ll be watchin’ for ya! Stop in soon and we’ll help you find a book you’ll enjoy at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum!

Very Collectible Comics

We recently joked about George and the Barbie Doll Collection. But that’s all not that’s arrived at the store in the past week or so.

Very collectible comics …

Several of these comics, though not the 1st edition, are #2! We recently added more than 30 new comics to our collection. The ones pictured include Sinister House, Woody Woodpecker, E-man, The Flintstones featuring the GREAT GAZOO, and Underdog!

You know we’ll be watchin’ for ya! Stop by soon!