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.
2 12, 2019

CHILDREN’S TOYS

Years ago many children's toys were made of wood (and most likely painted with lead paint).  As plastic became more durable, toy manufacturers used it as a means to increase production.

25 11, 2019

THE SOVEREIGN VACUUM SWEEPER

This was invented in 1860 by Daniel Hess of West Union, Iowa.  They were rolled back and forth that created  suction from the bellows inside.  The first electric vacuums were invented 1899 but did not become practical until 1907.

18 11, 2019

FISHING LURE

  This is a example of fishing lure that used to be hand made.  They were painted in bright colors to and shaped like small fish.

4 11, 2019

GULFWAX PARAFFIN

  This paraffin wax is used for sealing the top of home made jelly and jam jars.  It is also used for making decorative candles and artificial flowers; for waxing skis and for sticking desk, dresser and table drawers as well as double hung windows, doors and even for zippers.

28 10, 2019

FELS-NAPTHA LAUNDRY SOAP

Developed by Fels & Company of Philadelphia around 1893.  It was used as a remedy for poison ivy, poison oak and other skin irritants that were oil-based.  The naphtha was removed as a cancer risk.  This soap is still available 126 years since it was first produced

14 10, 2019

JUICE SQUEEZER

This was used for squeezing oranges, grapefruit or lemons the "old fashion way".  Today electric juice makers are more common.

9 10, 2019

OCTAGON SOAP

  This soap was manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive in the 1900's.  It contained lye and was most popular in the 1930's.  It was still in limited production in 1999.

23 09, 2019

PARAMUS ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSES

  These one room school houses served from 1922 until 1944 and still remain today.  The school house in the top photo became the Borough Hall and also the Police Headquarters.  It is now the Charles E. Reid Library on Midland Avenue.  The bottom photo is now a private residence located on Spring Valley Road [...]

16 09, 2019

1937 SCHOOL REPORT CARD

  This 1937 report card for grades one, two and three had two categories - Achievement and Citizenship.  The achievement subjects listed Reading, English (that was crossed out and replaced with Art), Arithmetic, Geography, and Penmanship.  The citizenship categories included Cooperation, Courtesy, Self Control and Work Habits.

2 09, 2019

AFTER SHAVE BOTTLE

  Years ago, after shave was sold in fancy bottles such as this one of the U.S. Capitol.  This one contained Avon Leather.