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".
About Bill LeaverBill Leaver has been associated with the Behnke Museum since it opened in 2003. He was named as Director/Curator in 2013.
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.
Long before Leggo's of today, the Tinkertoy was the popular toy that allowed children to create various objects using their imagination. It consisted of a series of small round knob shaped pieces with holes in which small round "sticks" of various lengths could be inserted.
This miniature toy tractor is the type of toy that young boys played with years ago. Most children grew up on family farms therefore their toys were centered around farm life. This toy shows a steam engine that was the method by which farm tractors were propelled prior to gasoline and diesel engines.
This book published in 1928 by the H. Clay Glover Company contained 91 pages about the many diseases of the dog. The company was the most widely known manufacturer of proprietary medicines for dogs in the world. It also included 10 pages on the care and feeding of dogs.