Open Every Sunday from 1pm – 5pm

Phone:  201-445-1804

Address: 330 Paramus Road Paramus NJ  07652

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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.
24 09, 2018


10 09, 2018


This 15 page booklet touted Chlordane as one of the most highly effective insect control methods from 1944 until 1983 when it was banned by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency as a health hazard.  However, prior to the ban, the booklet suggests painting, spraying or dusting  Chlordane in kitchens and bathrooms but does not [...]

3 09, 2018


Dress patterns were rather easily found in stores until the 1950's when home dress making became less popular.  Prior to that time many women had home sewing machines and choose to make their own clothes. In grade school, "Home Economics" classes for girls was as popular as "Shop" for boys.  The big project for [...]

27 08, 2018


  This device was known as a Rapid Washer or Posser.  Historically it was a tool used by pumping up and down on the laundry in a tub of water.  Clothes washing in the early nineteenth century rarely used soap.  Laundry Lye was the common cleaning agent.

20 08, 2018


When 8 and 16 mm films were popular, this device was used to cut and splice movie films.  This particular splicer was designed to be used on both 8 mm and 16 mm films.

13 08, 2018


The nearly obsolete negative pressure ventilator was known as the Iron Lung.  It was was first used in 1928 at Boston Children's Hospital.  It was used on Poliomyelitis (Polio) patients to assist their breathing.  At the height of the polio outbreaks in the 1940s and 1950s iron lungs filled hospital wards.  Polio has been almost [...]

6 08, 2018


Flash units were attached to cameras when taking photographs in poorly lit areas and indoors.  The round cylinder held batteries that would light the flash bulb when the the camera was triggered.  The flash bulb was good for one photo only and had to be replaced for each photo.  The blue bulbs were used for [...]

30 07, 2018


For centuries a important part of a firefighters gear is this type of helmet used to protect them from heat, cinders, and falling items.  The term leatherhead was slang for firefighters because the helmets were made from leather.  Over the years the composition of this traditional helmet has changed from leather, to metals, to composite lightweight [...]

23 07, 2018


The mortar and pestle is frequently associated with the pharmacy profession since it is used for preparing medications.  The substance to be ground is placed in the mortar and is then rotated and pressed by the pestle.  They are used to grind up pills to speed up absorption when ingested.   They are also used in [...]

16 07, 2018


Attached to the edge of a laundry tub, this hand wringer would squeeze water from a garment by cranking the handle to pull the iten between two rollers before it was hung on an outdoor clothes line to dry.