Happy New Calendar! A Sampling of Calendars at the DPLA January 11, 2015 – Posted in: Content, graphic design, In the Stacks, Libraries, Special Collections – Tags: ,

Calendars L. Prang & Co.  1879Now that we have our new calendar in place to help track the year ahead let’s have a look back at some of the thousands of calendars available for your perusal at the Digital Public Library of America, DPLA. Derived from the Latin word kalendae, which was the name of the first day of every month, there are as many varieties of calendars as there are days of the month. 

From a 12th century Book of Hours to a 16th century perpetual calendar to a Native American calendar on buckskin to a handwritten calendar by Lee Harvey Oswald there is no shortage of creative ways to track time and in many cases to advertise ones business.


Calendars November December 1200November/December, 12th century

Calendars Perpetual CalendarPerpetual Calendar by Ortensio Toro, 1594

Calendars Kiowa AnkoKiowa Anko calendar on buckskin, ca. 1871 – ca. 1907

 Calendars Ladies Calendar 1889 Hoyt's German CologneLadies Calendar 1889 perfumed with Hoyt’s German Cologne

Calendars zenoleum 1905Little Miss Zenoleum” [sic: title under portrait] from The Zenner Disinfectant Co., Detroit, Michigan, 1905

Calendars 1912Wills’s Cigarettes, 1912 NYPL

Calendars lee harvey oswaldHandwritten calendar, Lee Harvey Oswald

 Calendars 1972Dan Friedman

Calendars Alkahn Labels 1987Alkahn Labels, Inc. Jacquard woven calendar for 1987

top image: [Calendar from 1879 depicting a woman, child and birds.] by L. Prang & Co

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