This little collection of flip desk calendars (a.k.a. perpetual calendars) started almost 15 years ago, and fortunately (yes, fortunately), they are not easy to find. This adds a bit more fun while searching for them in antique shops, outdoor markets, etc. while on holiday. And yes, some call it kitsch.
The first one I got at the Oberursel flea market in 1996. A young man sold me this one for 50 cents and told me his grandfather had bought it on a long-ago trip to San Francisco. This is how I got started with my collection.
The following five are from the 1960s when this type of souvenir was popular.
This one featuring Washington, D.C., we found in a Maryland antique mall while browsing.
The following three antique flip calendars were purchased online from the States.
Last, but not least, imagine my surprise when one of my students found a new Vintage flip desk calendar in Mt. St. Michel. This one sits on cheap marble look-alike plastic, and I actually use it on my desk.
This kitsch collection hardly takes up any space and I only amassed six of them within the last 17 years. I’m not a pack rat, after all.