A large woodsy scene covers fully half of this vintage 1969 calendar towel. A white-tailed deer family has come out of the forest of pine trees in the background. The little fawn even has spots while Papa sports a full 8-point antler rack.
There are no tags on this so we cannot identify either the manufacturing company or the artist. It was mine new, and is a one-owner item, packed away until now.
This towel is approximately 17 inches wide and 28 inches long. It is printed on an off white "crash linen," the industry name for this loose-weave fabric that was made for absorbency and longevity and also was lint-free.
Calendar towels like this were invented in the early 1950s by the Stevens Linen Company, which produced the first one in 1954 as a new idea to boost towel sales after housewives began to turn to automatic dishwashers. The first Stevens towels were soon followed by many others made and sold by competing companies. They were a collecting rage through the 1960s-1980s and lately have been returning to the scene as sentimental collectors rediscover childhood memories for decorating a retro kitchen.
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