All year long Vintage tea towel calendars lots of people would hang up in the kitchen (1970s-1980s)

All year long: Looking back at those vintage tea towel calendars your grandma probably hung up in her kitchen

Did you know that companies make new versions of these vintage tea towel calendars? (See some of the ones available at Amazon here.) But we think the best part of these old-fashioned dish towel calendars is remembering the ones from years ago — just like our aunts and grandmothers used to have in their kitchens.

In addition, we have some crafty tips from people about how to make good use of the old towel calendars… although in my family, the old dishtowel calendars simply became dishtowels.

1972: Vintage tea towel calendar – Turn back the hands of time

Vintage tea towel calendar from 1972 - Turn back the hands of time


1972 tea towel calendar: Vintage tea towel calendar – Blue with wishing well

Vintage tea towel calendar from 1972 - Blue with wishing well


1973 vintage tea towel calendars: Rooster on yellow

I have read and heard about many different ways to use those cute linen towel calendars, but thought you might like to hear what I do with them.

I embroider a new baby’s name and circle the birth date (parents’ names optional). Then I keep it for the child’s 18th birthday or present the towel, framed, to the new mother.

Also, it is good for a keepsake memento for the bride and groom with wedding date circled. Makes a nice gift at the time of marriage or 10th anniversary, if kept.

I have calendars for four grandsons, for four consecutive years, and will hold them until they are old enough to appreciate them.

On my modest income, expensive gifts aren’t practical. but these wonderful towels make very nice keepsakes, and the delight expressed when I present one of these calendars is all the incentive I need. – Mrs. Ruth Light (San Francisco Examiner – July 5, 1971)

1973-1973 Vintage tea towel calendars: Rooster on yellow


1975 vintage tea towel calendars: Vegetables, fruit, gourds and grains

1975 vintage tea towel calendars: Vegetables, fruit, gourds and grains


1977 tea towel calendar: Birds & plants

As the time of year for new calendars approaches, I have decided what to do with my old linen towel calendars. I will sew them together for a picnic table cover, or to use for a throw cover over a chair or couch. – Veneva E Clemans (News-Record, Neenah, Wisconsin – December 28, 1966)

1977 tea towel calendar: Birds and plants


1981 vintage tea towel calendar: Clock, spinning wheel, flowers

1981 vintage tea towel calendar: Clock, spinning wheel, flowers


1983 vintage tea towel calendars: American folk art

1983 vintage tea towel calendars: American folk art


1985 vintage tea towel calendars: Wishing well, rainbow, ducks on a river

1985 vintage tea towel calendars: Wishing well, rainbow, ducks on a river


1986 vintage tea towel calendars: Hearts & bears

1986 vintage tea towel calendars: Hearts & bears

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