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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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Vintage Double Cola Soda Bottle 1946 Calendar
Aug 01, 4:00 PM EDT
Vintage Double Cola Soda Bottle 1946 Calendar
by Mebane Antique Auction
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Martha Stewart Living Christmas Countdown Calendar 16 x 22 in. (40.6 x 55.9 cm.)
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Martha Stewart Living Christmas Countdown Calendar 16 x 22 in. (40.6 x 55.9 cm.)
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Est: $0- $0
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1906 "Real Museal White Star Line" Calendar
Aug 06, 10:00 AM EDT
1906 "Real Museal White Star Line" Calendar
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Est: $1,060- $2,120
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1898 Metropolitan Insurance Co. Calendar
Aug 03, 10:00 AM EDT
1898 Metropolitan Insurance Co. Calendar
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Group of 50+ 1976 The Travelers The Story of Revolution Calendars
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Group of 50+ 1976 The Travelers The Story of Revolution Calendars
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Group of 20+ Assorted Calendars and More
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Group of 20+ Assorted Calendars and More
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1899 Home And Farm Subscription Calendar
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1899 Home And Farm Subscription Calendar
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2Pc Collection "Two Ladies Cigar Label" W/Frame & Cigar Label Calendar
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2Pc Collection "Two Ladies Cigar Label" W/Frame & Cigar Label Calendar
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[NEW HAMPSHIRE] ATKINSON ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR 1911-1912
Jul 25, 3:00 PM EDT
[NEW HAMPSHIRE] ATKINSON ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR 1911-1912
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND 1981 CALENDAR VINTAGE ANTIQUE COLLECTIBLE
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND 1981 CALENDAR VINTAGE ANTIQUE COLLECTIBLE
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Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids
1937 LIBERTY ADVERTISING CALENDAR VINTAGE ANTIQUE
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1937 LIBERTY ADVERTISING CALENDAR VINTAGE ANTIQUE
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Est: $0- $0
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THE BEAUTY OF THE BEAST GM ENGINE CALENDAR
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THE BEAUTY OF THE BEAST GM ENGINE CALENDAR
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Est: $0- $0
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1991 CORVETTE CALENDAR
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1991 CORVETTE CALENDAR
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Est: $0- $0
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1952 THE NATIONAL SHAWMUT BANK CALENDAR VINTAGE ANTIQUE
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1952 THE NATIONAL SHAWMUT BANK CALENDAR VINTAGE ANTIQUE
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Est: $0- $0
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Ein Domberger Siebdruck Kalender. 12 Screenprints by Indiana, Max Bill, and others
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Ein Domberger Siebdruck Kalender. 12 Screenprints by Indiana, Max Bill, and others
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1909 F.G. Redd Toledo Ohio Complete House Furnishings Calendar
Aug 03, 10:00 AM EDT
1909 F.G. Redd Toledo Ohio Complete House Furnishings Calendar
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Vintage Wooden House Christmas Advent Calendar
Jul 25, 2:00 PM EDT
Vintage Wooden House Christmas Advent Calendar
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Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Santa Fe Railway, E. I. Couse Calendar, January 1937
Jul 24, 10:00 AM MDT
Santa Fe Railway, E. I. Couse Calendar, January 1937
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Est: $300- $600
$1400 Bids
AN ASSORTMENT OF 5 POCKET FORMAT CALENDARS - JERUSALEM
Jul 25, 5:00 PM IDT
AN ASSORTMENT OF 5 POCKET FORMAT CALENDARS - JERUSALEM
by The Bidder
Est: $60- $80
$300 Bids
1968 BROTHERHOOD OF RAILROAD TRAINMEN VINTAGE CALENDAR
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CDT
1968 BROTHERHOOD OF RAILROAD TRAINMEN VINTAGE CALENDAR
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
1971 FRISCO WALL CALENDAR VINTAGE ANTIQUE
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CDT
1971 FRISCO WALL CALENDAR VINTAGE ANTIQUE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
1967 SOUTHEAST SOUTHWEST FRISCO WALL CALENDAR VINTAGE ANTIQUE
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CDT
1967 SOUTHEAST SOUTHWEST FRISCO WALL CALENDAR VINTAGE ANTIQUE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
1966 SOUTHEAST SOUTHWEST FRISCO WALL CALENDAR VINTAGE ANTIQUE
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CDT
1966 SOUTHEAST SOUTHWEST FRISCO WALL CALENDAR VINTAGE ANTIQUE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
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Sellers Who Sell Calendars


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

The Red Finch Auctions LLC

The Red Finch Auctions LLC

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers