This intricately decorated Calendar Towel is from 1968. It was mine when new, and has been stored ever since. The decoration is printed-on scenes from Colonial America -- a couple in a horse drawn carriage, farm and garden scenes, the village blacksmith, men fishing and hunting, salt box style houses, sheep cows and even a dog pulling a children's cart, which was popular at the time.
In the bottom left corner, it is signed by artist SEWELL JACKSON who worked for the Key Dee Prints company. Kay Dee was one of the first manufacturers of calendar towels, following the lead of the Stevens Linen Company in 1954, and buying fabric from Stevens.
This towel is approximately 17 inches wide and 28 inches long. It is made of what the industry calls "crash linen," a loosely woven fabric that is lint free, highly absorbent and especially durable.
It has been washed once or twice, but the design is still sharp and clear and the colors are as bright as new.
SEE OUR LAST PICTURE: There is an end of thread here. There is NO HOLE, it's just a piece of thread that got out of the weave, but we wanted to point it out. It is NOT damage, it's the way it was made.
In 1968, colonial theme decorating was all the rage in U. S. kitchens and homes and the calendar towels that were being produced are perfect examples. They are being rediscovered today as homey, nostalgic items for decorating a retro kitchen.
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