Calendars

Calendars were first used in the Bronze Age to track time based on solar and lunar events. Many different calendar systems were devised depending on the location and religion of the culture. Calendars from northern climates emphasized the change in seasons, while calendars from warmer regions tended to rely on the phases of the moon and regular weather events.

Our modern day calendar has its roots in the Roman calendar, also called the Julian calendar. This calendar, mandated by Julius Caesar, did not rely on lunar events but on the solar year of 365 days and 6 hours. Every fourth year was made 366 days to cover the 6 hours. By 1582, the Julian calendar had fallen about a week behind the solar year, so it was revised in 1582 under the order of Pope Gregory the XIII. The Gregorian calendar is the calendar standard that we use today.

The most collectible vintage calendars available today sport colorful advertising, with popular brand names like Coca-Cola or Winchester. Calendars with beautiful illustrations or photos of celebrities also tend to be desired by collectors. Mechanical desktop calendars and perpetual calendars are also sought by collectors.


Quick Facts

  • The first "calendar girl" appeared on a 1904 calendar published by Brown & Bigelow of Minneapolis. The art on the calendar was titled "Colette" and was painted by artist Angelo Asti
  • In general, our modern Gregorian calendar repeats itself every 28 years. For the year 2016, a vintage calendar collector could display a calendar from 1988, 1960, or 1932
  • The exclusive Pirelli calendar, produced by the UK subsidiary of Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, first appeared in 1964. It was published until 1974 and then disappeared for nine years due to the world oil crisis and recession. The calendar reappeared in 1984 and continues to feature the world’s top models and photographers

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1951 NORMAN ROCKWELL LEINENKUGELS BEER CALENDAR
Dec 04, 9:00 AM CST
1951 NORMAN ROCKWELL LEINENKUGELS BEER CALENDAR
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
Peters Advertising Poster with Calendar
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Peters Advertising Poster with Calendar
by Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
1948 CALENDAR PAGE GOOD OLD POTOSI BEER
Dec 04, 9:00 AM CST
1948 CALENDAR PAGE GOOD OLD POTOSI BEER
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Est: $0- $0
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An Edwardian perpetual wall calendar
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An Edwardian perpetual wall calendar
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CHARLES BRAGG "DOLPHIN & FRIENDS" H.C. SIGNED LITHOGRAPH
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
CHARLES BRAGG "DOLPHIN & FRIENDS" H.C. SIGNED LITHOGRAPH
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Est: $0- $0
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Wall Calendar 1913: Nollman & Co. Lithograph 1912
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Wall Calendar 1913: Nollman & Co. Lithograph 1912
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Künstlerkalender '72 (1972) mit 13 Originalserigraphien Für Selbstbesichtiger!
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CEST
Künstlerkalender '72 (1972) mit 13 Originalserigraphien Für Selbstbesichtiger!
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Est: €500- €600
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Collection of antique style calendars
Nov 01, 11:30 PM EDT
Collection of antique style calendars
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Est: $150- $200
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Original 1950's erotica calendar print
Nov 01, 11:30 PM EDT
Original 1950's erotica calendar print
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A wood perpetual desk calendar
Oct 26, 12:00 PM PDT
A wood perpetual desk calendar
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$1000 Bids
WEINER, Lawrence (b. 1942). Displacement. (1991). Square-4°. Ohcl. -- Id. Zwei Blöcke
Nov 17, 1:30 PM CET
WEINER, Lawrence (b. 1942). Displacement. (1991). Square-4°. Ohcl. -- Id. Zwei Blöcke
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Est: €80- €100
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Coronelli 42.5" Facsimile Terrestrial Globe, 20th C.
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Coronelli 42.5" Facsimile Terrestrial Globe, 20th C.
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ORIS PRODIVER DIVERS TITANIUM WATCH 7682 w BOX n PAPERS
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
ORIS PRODIVER DIVERS TITANIUM WATCH 7682 w BOX n PAPERS
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Mexico Patinated Silverplate Aztec Calendar Wall Relief
Oct 17, 10:00 AM PDT
Mexico Patinated Silverplate Aztec Calendar Wall Relief
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*Val St Cyr (b. Arthur Andrews Hilder 1890-1967)
Oct 19, 10:00 AM BST
*Val St Cyr (b. Arthur Andrews Hilder 1890-1967)
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Est: £300- £500
£2400 Bids
1921 Thornwood Poultry Yards calendar
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
1921 Thornwood Poultry Yards calendar
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Ferjo "Garden Ceremony" Oil Painting on Canvas
Oct 20, 6:00 PM EDT
Ferjo "Garden Ceremony" Oil Painting on Canvas
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WEIGEL, Christoph (1654 Redwitz - 1725 Nürnberg). Taschenkalender des Jahres 1722.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
WEIGEL, Christoph (1654 Redwitz - 1725 Nürnberg). Taschenkalender des Jahres 1722.
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Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids
MoMA Acrylic Perpetual Desk Calendar
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
MoMA Acrylic Perpetual Desk Calendar
by Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$250 Bids
3 graphic calendars ''12 Month
Nov 08, 10:00 AM CET
3 graphic calendars ''12 Month
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Est: €0- €0
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3 graphic calendars ''12 Month
Nov 08, 10:00 AM CET
3 graphic calendars ''12 Month
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Est: €0- €0
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Sellers Who Sell Calendars


Auktionshalle Cuxhaven

Auktionshalle Cuxhaven

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers