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Old German Paper Advent
Calendar
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TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK
Old German Paper Advent
Calendar

Code: a2

$6.00

Old Fashioned Richard Sellmer German Paper Advent Calendar.

Size:
8-1/4" x 11-3/4"
21 x 30 cm.

The standard size of about 210 x 297 mm (A4) allows an easy shipping.
Normally we deliver the Advent Calendars with glitter.
Windows are translucent.
These Calendars are a nice and an inexpensive gift.
The artwork of the Advents is very traditional styled.
Some of the designs are re-prints from our archives.

An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Some calendars are strictly religious, whereas others are secular in content.

Today, most advent calendars are made for children. Many take the form of a large rectangular card with many "windows", one of which is opened every day during Advent. In less elaborate calendars, each window opens to reveal an image, a poem, or part of a story such as the Nativity story itself. More elaborate Advent calendars have a small gift concealed in each window, such as a toy or a chocolate item.

History
Advent calendar made from a picture of the German city of Hünfeld's town hall in Advent The origins of the Advent calendar come from German Lutherans who, at least as early as the beginning of the 19th century, would count down the 24 days of Advent physically. Often this meant simply drawing a chalk line on the door each day, beginning on December 1. Some families had more elaborate means of marking the days, such as lighting a new candle (perhaps the genesis of today's Advent wreath) or hanging a little religious picture on the wall each day.

The 24 candles might also be placed on a structure, which was known as an "Advent clock". In December 1839, the first verifiable public Advent wreath was hung in the prayer hall of the Rauhes Haus (relief house) in Hamburg, although it had been a family practice in parts of German-speaking Europe since the 17th century.

The first known Advent calendar was handmade in 1851. According to the Austrian Landesmuseum, the first printed Advent calendar was produced in Hamburg in 1902 or 1903. Other authorities state that a Swabian parishioner, Gerhard Lang, was responsible for the first printed calendar, in 1908.

Lang was certainly the progenitor of today's calendar. He was a printer in the firm Reichhold & Lang of Munich who, in 1908, made 24 little colored pictures that could be affixed to a piece of cardboard. Several years later, he introduced a calendar with 24 little doors. He created and marketed at least 30 designs before his firm went out of business in the 1930s. In this same time period, Sankt Johannis Printing Company started producing religious Advent calendars, with Bible verses instead of pictures behind the doors.

The practice disappeared during World War II, apparently to save paper. After the war, Richard Sellmer of Stuttgart resurrected the commercial Advent calendar and is responsible for its widespread popularity. His company, Richard Sellmer Verlag, today maintains a stock of over 1,000,000 calendars worldwide.Other companies such as Cadbury's who specialise in the making of calendars have similar stocks, if not higher.

Advent Calendars are a great gift for your friends and loved ones.

The windows are illuminated when the calendar is placed before lights.

Die Fensterchen leuchten, wenn man den Kalender vor eine Lichtquelle hängt.



 
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