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Phone:  201-445-1804

Address: 330 Paramus Road Paramus NJ  07652

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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.
16 08, 2019

TRAVELING CAR FOOD HOLDER

This item date back to the 1920's when you had to bring food along on a trip in case you were stranded by a flat tire or motor breakdown.  It contained a food storg=age conpartment and plates, cups and utensils as well.

12 08, 2019

BOTTLE CAPPER

This device was used in the 1920's to push metal bottle caps on top of bottles when people made their own beverage at home.

5 08, 2019

SCHOOL DESK/CHAIR

This vintage school desk with attached chair proceeded school furniture of today.  There was a drawer under the seat for storing books and school supplies.  Note the small hole in the desk top with the round bracket below that held a ink bottle used for writing in ink before ball point pens,  Since the desk [...]

29 07, 2019

REMINGTON NOISELESS TYPEWRITER NO. 5

This typewriter was manufactured in 1925.

22 07, 2019

EARLY 1900’s CAST IRON 200 lb HOWE PLATFORM SCALE –

The Howe Scale Company manufactured scales from 1857 until 1961 in Rutland, Vermont.  The company is now located in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

8 07, 2019

BOYS AND GIRLS BOOKSHELF

This volume of detailed information contained at least 8 books with subjects such as: Mothers and Fathers, Folk-Lore Fables and Fairy Tales, Things To Make and Do, and two books regarding Nature and Outdoor Life.  These books were considered to be a "Practical Plan of Character Building" and were copyrighted in 1920 under the supervision [...]

1 07, 2019

CARPET SWEEPER

This "Lady Torrington" Carpet Sweeper was made by the National Sweeper Co. in 1915.  It was collected by Bissell, Inc.  A duplicate can be found in the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

17 06, 2019

CHARCOAL IRON

The top plate was tilted back to permit hot coals to be placed inside.  The hot coals heated the bottom plate for ironing.  Inhaling the fumes from the coals made ironing a unpleasant task.

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 [...]