The famous Fil Au Chinois Calendars

Published : 04/2/2015 18:49:02
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There is huge diversity in the Fil Au Chinois calendars. The oldest that I have found dates back to 1886, but it is possible that they go back even further, as the brand exists since 1847.


Calendriers de poche Fil Au Chinois de 1886 à 1893


These calendars were offered to haberdashery stores to distribute to their clients. This is why there were often many versions of the same calendar: some were printed with the name Maison Vrau, the owners of the Fil Au Chinois brand, some took the name of the shops they were distributed to.


Calendriers Fil Au Chinois 1896 et 1897




One of the particularities of Fil Au Chinois was to offer balls called “Au Fil d’Or” (The Golden Thread): a small bit of golden thread indicated the start of the ball. This was quite revolutionary at the time and is often mentioned on the calendars.





Calendriers Fil Au Chinois de 1904 à 1914



From the turn of the 20th century, the Fil Au Chinois pocket calendars all had roughly the same format (4.2 x 7.5cm). It is interesting to note the evolution of the typography and décor surrounding the Chinaman.


Les calendriers Fil Au Chinois de 1921 à 1929



If you have in your possession other versions of these calendars, I would be delighted to receive photos and share them here.


Calendriers Fil Au Chinois de 1930 à 1938


Note the calendar from 1934 for Petitjean, here in Versailles which I remember well, unfortunately no longer in existence.

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