This type of puzzle was found to be from England where it was known as Solitare. It dates back over 300 years to 1679 The one shown above was manufactured by Lubbers & Bell Mfg. Co. from Clinton, Iowa. It comes with a instruction booklet copyrighted in 1924.
About Bill LeaverBill Leaver has been associated with the Behnke Museum since it opened in 2003. He was named as Director/Curator in 2013.
No longer a furniture piece found in todays homes, this telephone bench was placed by the telephone as a place to sit while talking on the phone and to set the phone that was attached to the wall with a short wire. Next to the seat was an area where the phone directory could be [...]
This telephone directory from 66 years ago was published by New Jersey Bell Telephone Company before it became Verizon. It contained a alphabetical listing by last name and then first name of all those who had phones including their street address. Directories were distributed at no cost by the Phone Company. Today the internet has [...]
This wall thermometer dates back to the 1920's. The S. Nagle Coal & Grain Company supplied Grain, Hay, Straw and Poultry Supplies. They were located in Ho-Ho-Kus and Ridgewood. The telephone number at the bottom on the thermometer reads "PHONE 998".
This toy was popular around 1950. It was made of pressed steel construction.
The coal scuttle was used for holding coal for indoor fireplaces or coal stoves and heaters. It had a tapered shape to allow for ease in pouring coal onto a fire.
This bowling alley located on Route 17 was very well known in the 1950's and 1960's. At bowling's peak, over 40,000 adults in Bergen County alone bowled in leagues. The alley was home to television shows such as "Make That Spare" and "Championship Bowling". There was seating for 500 spectators. Occasionally, famous sport and movie [...]
When radios became popular home items, they were purchased as living room furniture pieces such as this one. It had eight push buttons that could be set for your favorite radio stations. It also had a "short wave" band in addition to the normal AM radio band. This model contained vacuum tubes. It was manufactured [...]
This phonograph, manufactured by Admiral, featured a automatic changer . Popular in the 1950's, this player allowed you to stack about five records on the spindle at the top of the changer. As one song finished playing, the arm would raise, swing out of the way and allow the next record to drop. The arm [...]
This is a early version of the 2 wheeled scooter that we use today. Notice the spoke wheels and the wood platform. Now some cities are allowing battery propelled scooters as a means of transportation.