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Hand Painted Perpetual Calendars add old time charm and become future family heirlooms

Updated on July 22, 2012
Amish Quilt Calendar
Amish Quilt Calendar

Bring back the old home charm and family nostalgia with a hand painted perpetual calendar.

While the concept of perpetual calendars date back to ancient times, where all types of instruments were designed to calculate dates and seasons, the perpetual calendars as most will remember consist of a board holding changeable characters to display a current year and month.

Perpetual calendars were popular in the early to mid 1900s but many forgot about them as the advertising calendars were handed out for free.

Most businesses provided paper advertising calendars at Christmas time as a thank you for doing business at such places as the local, bank, butcher, lumber yard or hardware store.

That tradition too has nearly disappeared as businesses have cut back on print advertising and went mostly to Internet based advertising.

To find a printed calendar today one has to go to a book or greeting card store and purchase one.

One of the greatest family anticipations was starring at the kitchen calendar and counting down the days, until school was out, that special birthday or Christmas.

On the perpetual calendars naughty kids would try to slide a chair over and reconfigure the days hoping the parents and Santa Clause might not catch on and bring out the Christmas early.

Perpetual calendars utilize a rail system to slide in the year, months, days, and seasons making them truly everlasting or perpetual as they are named for.

Many perpetual calendars were homemade in a home workshop and featured hand painted designs or decoupage art, while some were just stained and varnished.

You can still find perpetual calendars handcrafted and hand painted by the Amish at Cottage Craft Works .com

Calendar measures 10-3/4 x 2-1/2 x 23, They come with all the changeable numbers and months. The perpetual calendars include 11 symbols for the following events

• New Years

• Valentine’s

• St Patrick’s

• Independence Day

• Labor Day

• Thanksgiving

• Christmas

• Anniversary

• Birthday

• Mother's Day

• Father’s Day

Large families can even order additional birthdays for grandparents with multiple birthdays falling in the same month.

Cottage Craft Works is an online store featuring many products handcrafted by the Amish and other small cottage based businesses.

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      Ann1Az2 

      6 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Interesting history. I had a perpetual calendar one time that had magnets that you moved around from month to month. I got so tired of keeping up with the magnets that I finally threw it out. I love the old wooden ones, though, like the ones you have pictured. Good hub and voted up.

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