Calendar Medal for 1853/1854


An example of the calendar medal published by J. B. Hyde of New York for last six months of 1853 and the first six months of 1854. The calendar for July through December, 1853, is in a table on one side of the disc and the calendar for January through June, 1854, on the other side. The top part of each table contains a column listing the months, seven columns listing the days of the week (different arrangements of the letters S, M, T,W, T, F, S), and a column listing the numbers of days in the month. Below this is a table of the numbers from 1 to 31, arranged in numerical order in consecutive rows (the last four squares in the last row of the table have stars). Hence one can read, for example, that in July of 1853, a month with 31 days, the first fell on a Friday and the 31st on a Sunday.

A mark at the top of the 1854 side reads: CALENDAR FOR (/) 1854 (/) ISSUED SEMI-ANNUALLY. A mark at the bottom of the front reads: J. B. HYDE 162 FULTON ST. N.Y. PUBLISHER. A mark at the top of the 1853 side reads: ENT : ACCOR : TO ACT OF CONGRESS IN (/) THE YEAR 1851 BY I. B. PERSON (/) 1853. A lower mark around the rim reads: IN THE CL’K’S OFFICE OF THE DIST. COURT OF THE SOUTHERN DIST. OF NEW YORK

“Person’s pocket medal calendar for 1854,” as distributed by J. B. Hyde, was exhibited at the New York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, an international fair held in New York City in 1853 and 1854.

The object came to the Smithsonian from the collection of Henry Russell Wray.

The publisher of the calendar is most probably the Connecticut-born patent advocate and inventor Joshua B. Hyde (1809-1887). After a few years studying at the American Military, Scientific, and Literary Academy in Norwich, Vermont, Hyde pursued business in Louisiana and in Europe before establishing an international agency for the sale of foreign inventions at 162 Fulton Street in New York City. He would remain in New York for the rest of his life.


[Advertisement], Greenough’s American Polytechnic Journal, vol. 3, #1, January, 1854, p. 79.

American Institute of the City of New York, Transactions, 1853, p. 505.

William Arba Ellis, comp., Norwich University, 1819-1911, her History and Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, vol. 2, Montpelier, Vt: Capital City Press, 1911, esp. pp. 147-148.

New York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, Official Catalogue of the New-York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, New York: G. P. Putnam & Co., 1853, p. 91.

Date Made: ca 1853

Maker: Hyde, Joshua Burrows

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

Subject: MathematicsCalendar


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MA.316922.3Catalog Number: 316922.3Accession Number: 228694

Object Name: calendar medal

Physical Description: brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: .2 cm x 3.3 cm x 3.3 cm; 3/32 in x 1 5/16 in x 1 5/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1214006

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