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Advent Calendars

Advent Calendars
In 1902 a Christian Bookshop in Hamburg published a Christmas Clock which was very similar to that published 1922 by the St. Johannis printing company. (Dominik Wunderlin, lic.phil. Swizzerland). The Austrian (NÖ) Landesmuseum mentions the year 1903 as the year of the first printed Advent Calendar. In 1904 an Advent Calendar was inserted in the newspaper "Neues Tagblatt Stuttgart" as a gift for their readers.

In contrast to the above Esther Gajek says that the first printed specimen was made in 1908 by a Swabian parishioner son, Gerhard Lang (born 1881 in Maulbronn, Germany -died in 1974).

When he was a child his mother made him an Advent Calendar with 24 "Wibbele" (little candies) which were stuck on a cardboard. Later Lang was a participator of the printing office Reichhold & Lang. He produced little colored pictures which could be affixed on a cardboard at every day in December. This was the first printed Advent Calendar, although without windows to open, published in 1908. This Calendar was named "Christmas-Calendar" or "Munich Christmas-Calendar". At the beginning of the 20th Century Lang produced the first Advent Calendars with little doors to open. At this time as well the Sankt Johannis Printing Company started producing religious Advent Calendars, with Bible Verses instead of pictures behind the doors.

The Advent Calendar`s popularity started to spread round the globe. But Lang had to close his company in the thirties. Until that time he had produced about 30 different designs. World War II terminated the success of this German tradition. The cardboard was rationed and it was forbidden to produce Calendars with pictures. The first printed specimen after the war were printed by Richard Sellmer in 1946. This was the Advent Calendar "The Little Town".

Children with Animals Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Children Looking in the Manger Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Santa & Donkey Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Santa in Sled Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Nativity with Child Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Village with Bridge Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Santa and Reindeer Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Santa Flying Over Town Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Santa with Gnomes Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Children and Gift Train Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Christmas in the Forest Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Foldout Nativity Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$8.50
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Eisenhower Calendar Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$12.00
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Awaiting the Christ Child Advent Calendar Card published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Snowy Village Foldout Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$13.00
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Foldout Winter Town Scene, 1947 Reprint Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$13.00
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Santa & Reindeer Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Christmas in a Victorian Home Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Santa Train Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.00
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3 Wisemen over Bethlehem Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Angels in the Christmas Store Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Children Decorating Town Tree Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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The Christmas Train Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Christmas at the Walled City Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$8.50
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Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Victorian Santa and Sleigh Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Santa & Sleigh Flying over Children Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Brandenburg Gates Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Santa & Children Indoors Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Large Nativity Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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City with Fountain & Sleigh Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Windmill and Lighthouse Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Children at the Fountain Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Gnomes Outside Village Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Castle with Manger Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Christmas Dinner Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Foldout Kristkindlmart Advent Calendar, a reprint from 1958 published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$13.00
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Children, Snowman Reprint 1952 Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$12.00
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Martin Luther, 500 Years of Reformation Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$8.50
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Pop Out Nativity Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$8.50
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Children & Organ Grinder Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.00
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Shopping for Christmas Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Nativity, Star over Bethlehem Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.00
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Victorian Children at Tree with Santa Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.00
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Christmas Carousel Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.00
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Town Center, Singing Around the Tree Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.00
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Children at the Mill Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Modern Nativity Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Bethlehem Nativity Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Nativity Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$15.00
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Victorian Children Await Santa Advent Calendar Card published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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White House Advent Calendar Card published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Town Scene Kristkindle Mart Advent Calendar Card published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Christmas at the Farm Advent Calendar Card published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Children's Nativity Advent Calendar Card published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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3 Wisemen Over Bethlehem Advent Calendar Card published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$5.00
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Tiered Building Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Victorian Mountain Town Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Nativity Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Singing & Playing by the Barn Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.50
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Equestrian Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.00
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Children and Angels Advent Calendar published by Stuttgart-based Richard Sellmer Verlag
$6.00
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