Odyssey 2 Video Game System

Grab Dad or Grandpa…

Picture of Odyssey 2 game controllers and keyboard from Wikipedia
photo from Wikipedia

They might remember playing on the Odyssey 2 system. by Magnavox! Released in 1978, the Odyssey 2 was unique in the home video game systems of the times:

One of the strongest points of the system was its speech synthesis unit, which was released as an add-on for speech, music, and sound effects enhancement. The area that the Odyssey 2 may be best remembered for was its pioneering fusion of board and video games: The Master Strategy Series. The first game released was Quest for the Rings!, with gameplay somewhat similar to Dungeons & Dragons, and a storyline reminiscent of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Later, two other games were released in this series, Conquest of the World and The Great Wall Street Fortune Hunt, each with its own gameboard.

from Wikipedia
Photo of the box cover of the Odysses 2 ultimate computer video game system - available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
The Ultimate Computer Video Game System…by Magnavox – the Odyssey 2

We received a complete game system with a large variety of games recently. Enjoy ‘the good ole days’ and have fun with some of the earliest computer home game systems.

A photo of video games and controls that come with the Odysses 2 Video Game System available at Bahoukas.
A look at some of the items that come with the Odyssey 2 Video Game System

Looking for a ‘unique gift’ for Dad or Granddad?

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20th. Looking for a unique gift that you can all share and laugh about? This Odysses 2 Game Set just might be the perfect answer. Talk about bridging generations!!!

In any case, stop in and browse our shop. You know we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Do YOU Love Lucy?

Lucy Ricardo is the wacky wife of Cuban bandleader Ricky Ricardo. Living in New York, Ricky tries to succeed in show business while Lucy — always trying to help — usually manages to get in some kind of trouble that drives Ricky crazy. Their best friends are Fred and Ethel Mertz, who are also their landlords. Usually, Ethel becomes Lucy’s less-than-willing partner in crime. Ricky and Lucy welcomed little Ricky in 1953, whose birth was a national TV event. Later in the show’s run, the Ricardos (and the Mertzes) moved to Hollywood, where Ricky tried to become a movie star.

from Google search

The I Love Lucy Show ran from 1951 to 1957. Do you have a favorite episode? Many remember this scene:

We have some new I Love Lucy items that arrived in our store. Stop by and check them out.

I Love Lucy Vintage Board Game
I Love Lucy Collecibles - tin, Barbie doll

I Love Lucy Collectibles

A locking canister with different scenes on each side.

An I Love Lucy Sales Resistance Mattel Doll is straight from Season 2 Episode 45: “Sales Resistance” which aired January 26, 1953.

We just love the great items that cross our counter. Even better is when someone browses our shops and discovers the perfect item that they didn’t know they were looking for. Love it!

Stop in and visit. We’re here and ready to say, “Welcome to Bahoukas.” Havre de Grace offers so much for every interest. Need a bit of guidance, just “ask George” – he’ll point you to whatever it is you’re looking – inside the store or anywhere in Havre de Grace. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Are You a Trekkie?

We have a unique game from the 1970s.

Star Trek Phaser Battle Game from 1970s

Star Trek Phaser Battle Game

This tabletop game is a challenge! But if you’re a trekkie (or trekker) you may want to check it out.

Above: a clearer photo from a slightly different angle

Below: a photo of the box cover (from the internet – we don’t have the box)

TRIVIA: Trekkie or Trekker?

Did you know there’s a difference between the use of ‘trekkie’ and that of ‘trekker’?

A Trekkie is the fan that has lost touch with reality. A Trekker enjoys being a fan, but still has both feet on the ground here in the real world. 

from Smooth ReEntry

Check out the above link for Smooth ReEntry – it’s a fascinating read if you like Star Trek – whether you’re a trekkie, trekker or a trekkist (one who might watch it but doesn’t go all ga-ga over it)!

Here, at Bahoukas, we have other Star Trek collectibles. Stop in so that we can say, “Welcome,” and show you what we have. We’ll be waiting for you!

Are you still a laserdisc gamer?

Precursor to today’s CDs and DVDs…

Early optical Laserdisc technology was invented by David Paul Gregg in 1958. By the time Gregg had patented his transparent videodisc system in 1961 and again in 1969 he decided to sell the patents to electronics manufacturer Philips. Philips had already been working on a reflective videodisc system at the time and gaining ownership of Gregg’s invention helped them push technology forward. Philips’ main goal with the Laserdisc was to sell feature films on them to consumers, so they teamed up with MCA, an entertainment company that owned the rights to the largest catalog of films at the time, to bring the Laserdisc technology to market. Collaboratively, Philips and MCA demonstrated the technology in 1972 and made it available for consumers on December 15, 1978. Philips manufactured the hardware players and MCA made the discs. The format went by many names including DiscoVision, but most referred to it as Laserdisc.
from CultureandCommunication.org


A little more of the history…

DVA traces its beginnings to 1965 with the formation of Gauss Electrophysics, a company started by David Paul Gregg to pursue the storage of video information on optical disc media.  At the time, video information was stored on large reels of large-width magnetic tape.  Magnetic tape and the equipment used to read and record magnetic tape was expensive at that time, while VHS and Betamax tape systems were still years away from being created.

During the time that David Paul Gregg formed Gauss Electrophysics, MCA (the movie company) was interested in finding a suitable storage medium to mass market MCA’s large movie library to consumers to allow people to watch MCA’s movies in their homes.  MCA learned about the work being performed at Gauss Electrophysics and purchased the company in 1968.

from Discovision.com

Enjoy a news review:

1992 Review of LaserDisc Players

Japan – Anime – Games

The Laserdisc format was more popular in Japan than it was in North America because it was a big force in the anime market. Collectors of anime content helped drive the sales of the format in Japan.

The instant-seeking functionality of Laserdiscs allowed developers to create interactive video games for LD players. The most popular LD game was Dragon’s Lair and it used pre-recorded animated scenes to tell a story. A user would use a remote or joystick to command the story to move forward and make decision for the on-screen characters. Gameplay was similar to current RPGs.

Although Laserdisc is a dead format today, it was a major stepping stone for the industry to reach modern technologies such as the CD, DVD, and MiniDisc. Many of David Paul Gregg’s early patents were licensed by companies to create these formats we know today.

from CultureandCommunication.org
Laserdiscs and Player available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD
We have a laserdisc player and a number of fine movies available at Bahoukas

JAWS – The first LaserDisc title marketed in North America was the MCA DiscoVision release of Jaws on December 15, 1978. The last title released in North America was Paramount’s Bringing Out the Dead on October 3, 2000.

from LaserDisc – Wikipedia

Stop in and see the player and selection of laserdisc movies we have at Bahoukas! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

After the 2020 Havre de Grace Ice Festival…

how about a Game Night!

A tin of boards games - 10 amazing games + Timberrrr Tower at Bahoukas
What a super package of games – something for everyone!

Young or old, everyone loves a great board game. At Bahoukas Antique Mall we have hundreds to choose from.

Hundreds of board games available at Bahoukas Antiques
Seriously – hundreds of games!

So come and enjoy the Havre de Grace Ice Festival 2020, then return home to warm up and enjoy board games with family and friends! Stop in to pick a game or two. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

When was the last time YOU played Croquet?

We’ve got just what you need!

beautiful croquet set

These sets are sturdy, older sets. This one with the blue stand is missing the two stakes. But a couple heavy dowels would probably work just fine.

A closer view of the mallets.
This set is complete. Another great, vintage croquet set.

When was the last time you grabbed family and/or friends for a pleasant game in your own yard. Easy to set-up and just about everyone can play.

A closer look at the mallets.

Maybe you don’t remember how to play. Oh, no, that couldn’t possibly be true!!! If so, we’ve included a video to explain the rules. Easy. Peasy.

So there you have it! We’ve found the rules – takes a whole 10 minutes and you’re ready to play. Grab the kids or the family next door. Get outdoors for some great weather this weekend. And enjoy a game that will probably be good for a few laughs at the very least. Have fun.

And yes, we’re at the shop. And we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Sometimes it’s not the rain…

that keeps us in – but the sun!

Wonderful Little Golden Books at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Wonderful selection of Little Golden Books and more…

With temperatures heading up to the 90s this week, often it’s too hot for the young ones to be outdoors for too long at a stretch. We just might have a solution or two for you at Bahoukas Antique Mall.

More great books for the young reader at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
From princesses to cowboys, kittens to bunnies, great stories for your young readers

We have a wonderful variety of Little Golden Books and more for the young readers to enjoy. Maybe you’d like to bring them in to pick one out – or surprise them with a selection when you need to bring them indoors for a bit of cool, quiet time!

Nearly every category possible for young readers.

Along with this wonderful selection of books, you’ll also find a nice selection of games that the youngest to the older kids may enjoy! Make a game or reading party to encourage the youngsters to enjoy a respite from the hot sun!

Stop in today… we’ll be open all week. Yes, we are OPEN on July 4th – and we’ll be open on Saturday – parade day! Yessireeeee… we’re always watchin’ for ya at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum.

Chess to Holiday Decorating!

Have you consider Bahoukas?

Beautiful glass chess set at Bahoukas - a beautiful holiday gift
This chess set is more beautiful in person.

You might not think of Bahoukas for games and decorating at Holiday Time. But stop in and check out this beautiful chess set that’s even more wonderful if you see it in person. This set will delight your favorite player or a collector. Simply beautiful. Hurry, we only have one like this one!

Beautiful ornaments and decorations for your special holiday available at Bahoukas.

Also, if you’re not finished decorating your home or office, you might want to stop by and see what we have for ornaments. Do you remember the little figurine candles that decorated a small table or maybe even were a part of your stocking stuffers? Well, we have those and many more items. We look forward to showing you all the ideas we have to make your holiday extra special with the love found in vintage and collectibles.

Need a few buildings for your little village, or some beautiful Santa and Elf candles?

Stop by soon and see how delightful the variety of collectibles at Bahoukas Antique Mall can make your holiday. Add a bit of nostalgia and build on them to create your own traditions. Yep, we’re here and we’ll be watchin’ for ya!