Much of our modern Christmas traditions date from the Victorian era, including the advert calendar – and like the Christmas Tree, it is also German in origin. Although the first known Advent calendar can be traced back to 1851, the concept didn’t really take off until after the end of WW2 with the modern calendar with small presents behind each window.

Considering the regular complaints about the commercialisation of the modern Christmas, I decided to have my own Advent Calendar this month – made from adverts that were printed in Victorian newspapers.

Each day I will display an advert from my collection of the Illustrated London News.

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Advent Calendar

1st Sozodont Toothpaste 1892
2nd Fashions for the Season 1885
3rd Vigor’s Horse Action Sadle 1896
4th Benger’s Self-Digestive Food 1885
5th The Louis Velveteen 1885
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One comment
  1. Maryanne says:

    What an original idea. Please will you include the date the advertisement was published in the newspaper.

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