Open Every Sunday from 1pm – 5pm

Phone:  201-445-1804

Address: 330 Paramus Road Paramus NJ  07652

If you would like to set up a Private Group Tour,  give us a call and we will be happy to accommodate you!

Bill

About Bill Leaver

Bill Leaver has been associated with the Behnke Museum since it opened in 2003. He was named as Director/Curator in 2013.
10 06, 2019

COBWEB DUSTER

This wire prong that held a piece of cloth was attached to a four foot long pole.  Before dust mops of today, this was used to dust cobwebs that formed where walls met ceilings.

3 06, 2019

DUNCE CAP

The dunce cap was used to discipline school children that misbehaved in the classroom such as throwing "spitballs", passing notes or pulling hair.  The dunce was required to sit on a stool in the corner of the room as a form of humiliation.  The desired effect was to avoid being required to wear the hat [...]

27 05, 2019

BERGEN COUNTY SONG

This song was written in 1929 by Henry Marshall and promoted by Del Howland in the 1930's on his radio station in Hackensack.  He also took the song to every school for the children to learn.  His sister, Emile, taught in the one room school house on Midland Avenue on property that was the Howland [...]

20 05, 2019

LUNCH BOX

Prior to the back packs all school children use today for all books, clothing and lunch, this type of lunch box was commonly used.  A one pint thermos bottle fit nicely into the lunch box.

13 05, 2019

MONTGOMERY WARD CATALOG

This catalog dates to 1972 that was the one hundredth year of the Montgomery Ward business.  Organized as a dry-goods mail order business in 1872, the business lasted for 129 years until 2001.  In 1926 they opened their first store in Chicago and had 244 stores by 1929.  By 1930 they were the country's largest [...]

6 05, 2019

1965 PEP BOYS CATALOG

This catalog advertised new tubeless black wall tires for from $11.85 to $14.85.  For $2.00 you could get them as white wall tires.  If you wanted then balanced, it cost $.98 each including weights.

29 04, 2019

WATERMAN’S INK BOTTLE

In the days of fountain pens (that always seemed to leak) and stick pens, ink was sold in bottles that had slanted sides so that as the ink got used up, you could set the bottle on the side since filling the pen was a two handed procedure.

22 04, 2019

BREAKFAST CLUB

Don McNeill was a well known radio personality who broadcast his daily morning "Breakfast Club" program for over 15 years.  Part of his program included a "March Around The Breakfast Table" while march music was played.

8 04, 2019

AUNT SAMMY’S RADIO RECIPES

This 137 page booklet contains 400 of the most popular recipes.  The booklet was issued in 1931 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Home Economics.

1 04, 2019

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

Girl Scout Cookies were once sold in metal cans.  This one pound decorative can of peanut crunch displayed the many merit emblems a scout could earn.  The simple  ingredients were listed as peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, molasses and salt.  No preservatives seen in so many of today's products.