Rolling Back in Time
Tiny vintage toys, such as this police motorcycle, are part of the “Cruisin’ ” exhibit on display at the Rehoboth Beach Museum.
Bryant Clark grew up with an appreciation for old things. The Clarksville resident has long collected them too — everything from thumb-size toy cars to 18th-century homes.
“My parents used to take us to antique stores and we started very young,” he says. “I do like wheels probably more than anything.”
Many of his favorite vintage toys and bicycles are part of “Cruisin’, ” the Rehoboth Beach Museum’s newest exhibit. Celebrating “the history of self-propelled vehicles and toys in motion,” the assortment features cast-iron, battery-operated motorcycles, metal trucks, pedal cars and more, with many items on loan from local collectors.
“I really like the little Schuco cars. They’re really neat,” Clark says of the toys produced in Nuremberg, Germany, from the 1930s through 1950s. The U.S. restricted manufacturing in that nation after World War II, so companies turned to other products, he explains, noting, “A lot of neat toys came out of Japan and Germany after the war.”
Milton Historical Society & Museum Director Allison Schell displays a Prohibition-era bottle of moonshine and a copper still, circa 1850, that was used to produce illegal alcohol during that time.
From the August 2014 issue
The colorful display of old bottles filled with bootlegged liquor is like a magnet, drawing visitors to it nearly every time someone begins a tour of “Dry Spell: The Prohibition Experience in Milton.” The new exhibit at the Milton Historical Society & Museum is designed to flow from the left, showcasing the beginnings of Prohibition and support for the 18th Amendment, which in 1920 made making, transporting and selling alcohol illegal. But once museum-goers catch a glimpse of that bootlegged booze, they veer to the right.
“They see the bottles — this is where they go first,” says the museum’s director, Allison Schell, pointing to the case that also contains steins, goblets and a bottle of rye from 1933. “It’s really funny. I love watching directions people choose.”
One bottle is labeled “Doctor’s Special.” Smaller print describes the contents: “Old Scotch Whiskey.”
“That was one way people got around the system. They would get alcohol prescribed to them as medicine,” Schell explains. In that era, Miltonians may have picked up their “prescription” at Welch’s Drug Store, then located across the street from the museum.
Colin Herlihy’s board skills and Dan Herlihy’s surfing videos have taken the father-son duo far
As the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season rears its ugly head, Delaware surfer Colin Herlihy sees a silver lining in the coming storm clouds. Like hungry animals, he and other die-hard surfers from Miami to Maine will scour weather maps and buoy charts, licking their chops in anticipation of the next big swell. When the waves arrive, jobs and responsibilities are put on hold. Nothing else much matters.
“Only a handful of times each year do East Coast surfers get the chance to ride Hawaiian-size waves in their own backyard,” notes Colin. “We’ll drive hundreds of miles in hopes of hitting it just right.”
Indeed, at a moment’s notice, he and his father, Dan Herlihy, can be found loading their SUV with surfing gear, cameras and enough provisions to weather any approaching storm — once they get there.
And as the younger Herlihy looks forward to riding the next epic swell, the elder family member — no stranger to the waves himself — focuses on capturing each session on high-definition video. For this father and son duo, it’s just another day at the beach.