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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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1932 33 CHEVROLET DESK CALENDAR CHEVY GM GENERAL MOTORS
Mar 19, 6:00 PM CDT
1932 33 CHEVROLET DESK CALENDAR CHEVY GM GENERAL MOTORS
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$402 Bids
Box Full of Rolled Posters, Calendar Pages, and Paper Covers
Feb 22, 9:00 AM EST
Box Full of Rolled Posters, Calendar Pages, and Paper Covers
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
[LITHOGRAPHY]. The Antikamnia Calendar for 1899. [New York:...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[LITHOGRAPHY]. The Antikamnia Calendar for 1899. [New York:...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
1940 Pinup Girl Calendar
Feb 26, 6:00 PM EST
1940 Pinup Girl Calendar
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
[NEW HAMPSHIRE] ATKINSON ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR 1911-1912
Feb 29, 5:00 PM EST
[NEW HAMPSHIRE] ATKINSON ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR 1911-1912
by East Coast Books
Est: $25- $35
$100 Bids
LE Ford Mustang Cabriolet 1964 1/2 1994 Calendar Collection
Feb 28, 5:00 PM EST
LE Ford Mustang Cabriolet 1964 1/2 1994 Calendar Collection
by Absolute Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $300
$700 Bids
1924 calendar for Lee State Bank
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
1924 calendar for Lee State Bank
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$500 Bids
6 CALENDARS AND CALENDAR TOPS
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
6 CALENDARS AND CALENDAR TOPS
by Fairhill Auction LLC
Est: $100- $180
$500 Bids
COLONIAL ART CALENDAR SALESMAN SAMPLES
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
COLONIAL ART CALENDAR SALESMAN SAMPLES
by Fairhill Auction LLC
Est: $80- $140
$400 Bids
VICTORIAN ERA LIFE INSURANCE CALENDAR NEW YORK
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
VICTORIAN ERA LIFE INSURANCE CALENDAR NEW YORK
by Fairhill Auction LLC
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
1965 UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD CALENDAR
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
1965 UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD CALENDAR
by Fairhill Auction LLC
Est: $80- $160
$400 Bids
THE UNITED STATES PRINTING & LITHOGRAPH CALENDAR
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
THE UNITED STATES PRINTING & LITHOGRAPH CALENDAR
by Fairhill Auction LLC
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
A silver desk calendar with bow and swag detail, hallmarked Birmingham 1910
Feb 25, 9:00 AM GMT
A silver desk calendar with bow and swag detail, hallmarked Birmingham 1910
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £40- £60
£400 Bids
TIMMERMANS, Felix
Mar 08, 10:00 AM CET
TIMMERMANS, Felix
by Auctions Van de Wiele
Est: €800- €1,200
€8000 Bids
1930 CHEVROLET CALENDAR HERSHBERGERS GARAGE MARTINSBURG PA PENN PENNSYLVANIA
Mar 19, 6:00 PM CDT
1930 CHEVROLET CALENDAR HERSHBERGERS GARAGE MARTINSBURG PA PENN PENNSYLVANIA
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
1869 A. DIAMOND AND CO PAPER CALENDAR
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
1869 A. DIAMOND AND CO PAPER CALENDAR
by Fairhill Auction LLC
Est: $60- $120
$300 Bids
1940S CALENDAR THOMAS MURPHY SALESMAN SAMPLE
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
1940S CALENDAR THOMAS MURPHY SALESMAN SAMPLE
by Fairhill Auction LLC
Est: $100- $140
$500 Bids
COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL PRINT CALENDARS.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL PRINT CALENDARS.
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $800- $1,000
$4000 Bids
A George V silver shaped rectangular easel desk calendar, 10cm high, Chester 1923
Feb 29, 10:00 AM GMT
A George V silver shaped rectangular easel desk calendar, 10cm high, Chester 1923
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £40- £60
£400 Bids
Domberger silkscreen calendar. International Contemporary Art. 1973. 13 signed serigraphs.
Feb 29, 1:00 PM EST
Domberger silkscreen calendar. International Contemporary Art. 1973. 13 signed serigraphs.
by The Red Finch Auctions LLC
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$3,4000 Bids
Verve 8, 1940. Bonnard, Matisse, Calendar of C. D’Angouleme.
Feb 29, 1:00 PM EST
Verve 8, 1940. Bonnard, Matisse, Calendar of C. D’Angouleme.
by The Red Finch Auctions LLC
Est: $400- $600
$3000 Bids
Wolfgang Tillmans (1968) Kalender
Feb 29, 8:00 PM CET
Wolfgang Tillmans (1968) Kalender
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €150- €200
€1400 Bids
Poster Calendar 1897. 1896.
Mar 03, 11:00 AM EST
Poster Calendar 1897. 1896.
by Poster Auctions International Inc
Est: $2,700- $3,000
$2,2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Calendars


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Fairhill Auction LLC

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Hannam's Auctioneers

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC

Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC