‘It’s About Time’to see history display

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Patrick Fisher, The New Prague Times

Some of the ways of measuring time will be exhibited at the New Prague Library,400 Main St. E, as part of the New Prague Area Historical Society’s display “It’s AboutTime.” A variety of calendars and time pieces make up the display that will be at the library through the middle of May.

Dennis Dvorak of the historical society said the different ways of recording time were to coincide with the recent turning of the new year. Most of the calendars represent area businesses and come from private collections. He said those who were instrumental in helping with this display were Jim Simon, Judy Conn and Joan Winn.

“To have calendars from the earliest time periods is really remarkable,” said Dvorak, emphasizing since calendars are usually made from paper they are among the first things to crumble to the effects of time. Among the articles are decorative plates that includea full calendar year. Dvorak explained there are plates from 1909 and 1911 that local businesses would handout to loyal customers. He said families could exhibit the plates in a China cabinet or used them for events to hold treats or cookies. Sometimes the plates were given out to commemorate the birthdates of newborns. The plates and other calendars were given out as premiumsor gifts at Christmas to customers as they were inexpensive ornaments that were also functional. Among the calendars are two that have pockets, which were to hold receipts so people would know if monthly bills had been paid. One calendar is made of paper and is from Suel Printing Company, the other is made from ceramic and is from Hadac Meat Market. Both are very decorative and have paper calendars of three inches or less in length at the bottom so that when a month was over it could be torn off.

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