Perpetual calendar

Mulga wood perpetual calendar, 1950sPerpetual calendar
made in Australia, 1950s

I love these old perpetual calendars- so kitschy and SO different to the orderliness of the digital calendars we are forced to view every day.

This ‘Souvenir of Adelaide’ is made from Mulga Wood – – which has been cut and arranged to show off the timber and bark of the tree. Mulga wood was used in 1940-50s souvenir works like these as it is a hardwood –unusual in a native from the wattle family – and was considered ‘export quality’. The kitschy koala transfer print just adds to the hokey, kitschy quality. The whole ensemble has a little brass stand at the back to keep it upright, and a little brass pocket on the front for one to arrange the date. Alas, as everyone knows with perpetual calendars, one keeps forgetting to actually change the date and the digital calendar starts to seem not so boring after all.

The perpetual calendar is for sale: $AUD55

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8 thoughts on “Perpetual calendar

  1. yes Mulga really seems to scream “retro” to me. Re perpetual calendar – one can literally be stuck in the past! Btw I collect small Huon pine items, looking forward to seeing some on your fantastic blog.

    • Dana, I have a lovely Huon pine tassie-shaped barometer; and just about to visit that fair isle….I shall have to look out something for you. and- what a lovely compliment – thanks!

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