A unique form of recycling has emerged: 1996 calendars are being repurposed for 2024. Both leap years start on a Monday, leading to this unusual recycling opportunity.
The internet has seen a surge of interest in this phenomenon, particularly among fans of 1990s nostalgia. Social media platforms, including TikTok and X (formerly Twitter), have featured posts highlighting this calendar quirk, some gaining substantial viral attention. For instance, a TikTok video showcasing the 1996 calendar’s relevance for 2024 attracted over 1.5 million views.
Vintage calendars from 1996, adorned with pop culture icons like then-child star Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who is now 42, are being sought after. These calendars not only serve a practical purpose for the current year but also evoke a sense of nostalgia for the 1990s.
Collectable Calendars and Nostalgia Market
Online marketplaces like eBay have witnessed a surge in sales of 1996 calendars, with themes ranging from Star Wars to Barbie and Pamela Anderson. These collectable items are being sold at prices varying from $50 to $200, with a Pocahontas-themed calendar listed for $149.99.
This trend taps into the broader wave of 1990s nostalgia, which includes fashion trends, hairstyles, and a fondness for popular TV shows like “Friends.” For those interested in further calendar recycling, the Time and Date website notes that calendars from 1968 and 1940 can also be reused for 2024.