Last year I bought a wall calendar that featured historical pictures of Milwaukee. I found it at my local giant bookstore. It was awesome.
I went looking for another one for 2011. The publisher’s website has calendars for lots of other places…but not Milwaukee, and not any of the other towns where my ancestors lived.
I started looking online for history-themed calendars. I didn’t find any that I liked. Then I thought…wait a minute. Couldn’t I get REAL calendar from history?
So I got out my trusty genealogical calendar, which shows the calendar for years from 1753-2000 (and I’ve penciled in the subsequent years). It turns out that 2011′s calendar is identical that of the following years:
Then I went on Google’s shopping search engine (which searches just about every shopping site out there) to look for interesting calendars from these years. There are thousands of them. You can find bank calendars from tiny towns your ancestors lived in, calendars featuring advertising for companies where your people worked…you name it.
I ended up with gorgeous 1977 whole-year calendar for my office for 2011, and a Red Owl Food Stores 1956 calendar for 2012. Both are infinitely cooler than anything I would have found at the bookstore (and cheaper too; one was $10 and the other was $5). Why buy faux-retro stuff when you can get the real thing?
Photo by peagreengirl