A3 Advent calendar, children and angels in a snowy village, doors 1 thru 24; no indication of country or printer, but in the right hand bottom corner is printed "Import - 30069". Signed below right: Ri Pretzsch; printed below left: “Arthur Beyerlein Kunstverlag Leipzig C1” and right “M302/Z 1718”A12 Advent calendar, 9-panel stand-up in the form of a nativity scene. A30 Advent calendar with Hansel and Gretel in front of the gingerbread house in the center and on top Frau Holle, below dwarfs playing with toys. Below left is a signature RAA, referring to the children books illustrator Charlotte Baron-Raabe. Below right is what could be signature “HF” and in the margin “4128 100000 PI27 350”; On the back is a handwritten message in German which unfortunately I cannot decipher, but with the date “Wurzen – 1950”. Advent calendar of snow babies in a tree with lots of mushrooms beneath it. Graphics by illustrator Hannes Petersen, signature at the left. Born in Berlin on July 21, 1885 as Johanna Helene Charlotte Schröder, and died on January 20, 1960, also in Berlin.Completely pulled out it is about 51 cm wide and 20,5 cm high. Nr 61.050 Printed in Sweden” (According to info found on the internet: Erik Olsson & Co., Sundbyberg/Solna, Sweden A29 Pop-up advent calendar with on the front and the back Santa in a chimney with toys and a cat, inside many children and angels, a house with Santa climbing in the chimney. On the front cover is what could be a signature “S. Z.” and on the back cover are the printers information “COPYRIGHT 6105 IF COPENHAGEN CARLSEN VERLAG GMBH–HAMBURG MADE IN DENMARK”. Calendar is designed by a danish couple, Jørgen and Ely Ploufmann (called themselves E. Printers information is in the margin below left what could be a logo “m” plus a “9” and on the right “Printed in Germany”. She worked for about 25 publishing houses among others in Danmark, Belgium, France and USA.
In this period Christians prepare for Christmas and the birth of Jesus.
The liturgical year always begins on the Sunday that falls between November 27 and December 3, and ends on December 24.
One of the early practices was to put a chalk mark on a door for each day in December till Christmas Eve.
Another was to light a candle every day, either on an Advent wreath or a chandelier.
The first printed Advent calendar dates from 1902, some mention 1904, but it was after WW2 that mass production started. Is from the “Verlag der St.-Johannis Druckerei, Dinglingen (Baden)”. It is highlighted with glitter and doors numbered from 1 thru 24. 7019” and “Buchhandlung der Evangelischen Gesellschaft, Stuttgart”.
The calendars are numbered and shown as they arrived in my collection and that is why they are not classified by illustrator or publisher, with the exception of the Barnens and Helmut Rudolph Adventscalendars. A7 Advent calendar, showing the front of a house with the windows and door numbered from 6 thru 24. Being more decorated with angels and greenery, it is a variation of the well known advent calendar no. It is signed bottom right corner something like “Lore H”(Lore Hummel) and on the bottom of the middle panel is printed “Haco 55” and “Printed in Western Germany”. Shown in the book “Weihnachtszeit” from the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in München, page 28, photo no. The numbering is behind the 28 windows, above the bible text.
It is made of pressed cardboard (Prägedruck : embossed printing or relief printing), with doors to be opened, from 1 thru 24, published in 1935. A2 Stand-up advent calendar, depicting Maria and the Christchild with anges and animals in a wood. A5 Advent calendar, angels decorating a Christmas tree; highlighted with glitter. Text in margin: “Made in Switzerland” and “FRI (logo) SU 101” Signed what I can make out to be “H. A6 Stand-up 4-panel "Adventshauschen" advent calendar or advent house, with 28 windows, a door and 4 Christmas scenes in round transparant paper panels, design Carl Schmauk (1868-1947); on the front panel is printed “S. On the holy night, after all the windows are open, the door, with behind it the Baby Jezus in crib, is opened.
The two side flaps fold back; highlighted with glitter; no indication of country or printer, only the number "49" printed in the left bottom corner, while the back-page is numered "32". A4 Advent calendar, angels dropping presents from the sky over a snowy village, doors 1 thru 24; no indication of country or printer, but in the right hand bottom corner is printed "Import - 30072". A11 Advent calendar, showing an advent wreath in front of a double door; doors numbered 1 thru 24. You can see some more of their work on Finn's site, written in danish and on my "favorite sites" page is some more information on "Kravlenisser".
The ritual of the advent calendar was not practiced in our family when I was young in the 1940s.
My first was given to me by a family member, who inherited this family Advent calendar from his mother, who was born in Germany.
I never had one before, knew about them, but had not paid much attention to them, but it was clear to me that it was an old one.