Comment on Calendars, zip code charts, and other Amish wall decor by Keith James.
Hi Erik — You are right about the calendars; they are in every room, and sometimes several in one room. I have a pair of photos I took during my recent visit. In the first photo you can see the dining room table and there are three calendars visible. I turned around on the spot to take the next photo of the adjoining kitchen area, in which you can another photo. At least one of the calendars is from us, featuring nature scenes from California. The others are either nature-related or feature horses. In years past I’ve seen “hillbilly” calendars with comic scenes hanging in their kitchen. I wonder if they might be by the artist mentioned above?
I don’t recall ever seeing a zip code calendar, but birthday calendars are in almost every home. They list the birthdays of the most immediate family members. I took a photo of one from my March trip that has 106 birthdays listed.
Another common wallhanging is antler trophies. Almost every Amish home has antlers hanging on the walls mounted on simple, hand-made wooden plaques. Many have the year noted under the antlers, either hand-carved or with sticker numbers, like the kind you would use on a mailbox. They double as coat or hat hangers.
I’ll post photos of the things I’ve mentioned on your Facebook wall so it will be easier to understand.