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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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1933 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1933 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$353 Bids
1934 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1934 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$302 Bids
1940 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
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1940 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
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Est: $30- $300
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1938 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1938 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
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1939 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1939 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$352 Bids
1940 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1940 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
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1932 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1932 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$352 Bids
1941 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1941 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$352 Bids
1938 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1938 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$352 Bids
MIXED LOT OF YEARLY CALENDARS VINTAGE ANTIQUE COLLECTIBLE
Jan 03, 1:00 PM CST
MIXED LOT OF YEARLY CALENDARS VINTAGE ANTIQUE COLLECTIBLE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
1856 Calendar of Trinity College Hartford
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1856 Calendar of Trinity College Hartford
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Est: $30- $300
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1887 Chicago and North Western Railway July Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1887 Chicago and North Western Railway July Calendar
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Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
1948 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1948 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
1935 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1935 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
1946 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1946 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
1953 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1953 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
1951 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1951 PRR Pennsylvania Railroad calendar
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
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1948-50 Santa Fe Train Calendars
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1948-50 Santa Fe Train Calendars
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$151 Bid
1950 PONTIAC CALENDAR CHRISTOPHER ILLINOIS
Nov 12, 9:00 AM CST
1950 PONTIAC CALENDAR CHRISTOPHER ILLINOIS
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Group of 7 Miner Train Calenders
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Group Of 5 PRR Calendar Tops/Posters Prints
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
Group Of 5 PRR Calendar Tops/Posters Prints
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$151 Bid
1944 Minneapolis Railroad Calendar
Oct 09, 9:00 AM CDT
1944 Minneapolis Railroad Calendar
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$151 Bid
Knapp, Andrew and Baldwin, William. "The New Newgate Calendar" (Volumes I - VI)
Oct 14, 10:00 AM CDT
Knapp, Andrew and Baldwin, William. "The New Newgate Calendar" (Volumes I - VI)
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$251 Bid
Ewiger Kalender.
Oct 14, 10:00 AM CEST
Ewiger Kalender.
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Est: €650- €1,000
€6500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Calendars


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Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

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Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC