News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - It’s just a calendar, right? Or is it? You might be surprised to learn that old calendar you toss into the trash each year could become a sought after collectible at some later date. You’re kidding you say! Collectors though not only seek out wall calendars but also many other calendar variations like desk calendars, pocket calendars, postcard calendars, diaries, schedules, silhouettes, calendar plates, calendar towels, and any other form that catches their fancy.
Remember when you were a kid and your calendar proclaimed, “Buy your hardware needs from Johnston’s Hardware,” your local store? And who can forget going to the mechanics garage down the street with your Dad and trying not to be obvious as you peeked at the pinup girl that graced the calendar on the wall. The attractive thing about building a collection around calendars is that it fits nicely with other companion collectibles like advertising, celebrities, sports, World’s Fair, art, and other types of collections to numerous to mention.
Linen collectors might find calendar towels an interesting spin-off to their collection. Popularized in the 1950’s with cheery images like roosters, PA Dutch scenes or kitchen prayers and the full year’s calendar printed below they came complete with a small wooden dowel rod for hanging. Everyone had them and even gave them as gifts. I remember my mother hanging up her new calendar towel every year and of course the part I really remember is doing dish duty with the cast off ones from previous years because you see after the year was over they were folded neatly into the linen drawer and doubled as dish towels.
Calendar towels can be found for the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s without too much effort. Look in places like your local flea market, thrift shops, and antique malls and of course the internet. We carry a large selection at our online shop, Marlene’s Hutch. You can find us by either scrolling up to the beginning of this article and clicking on – related website: Marlene’s Hutch or go to http://www.marleneshutch.com.
Who knows what treasure you’ll find during your hunt and remember calendar towels are a great gift idea too, to commemorate a birth year!