Erik Voskuil is the wonderful human being (I say this based on my love of both video games and history) who runs and curates the excellent Before Mario. The site showcases the toys and games Nintendo created in the period from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s, starting with the first board games up to the launch of the Family Computer in 1983. Most items featured on this blog are from his personal collection, and he has recently added another very special piece of Nintendo history into that same collection.
This is a promotional calendar that was given out to advertise Nintendo’s card business back in 1915. While the item’s age itself is impressive (it being almost 100 years old), it’s really the tiny touches on this calendar that reminds us of that bygone era that make it such a great collector’s item. For example, Nintendo had only TWO phone lines, and the company was still known as “Yamauchi Nintendo” — after its founder — at that point. The company wouldn’t become just “Nintendo” until the 1950s.
Also, if you take a look at the company’s address, it was the same small office in Kyoto that it was founded in all the way back in 1889. Unfortunately, this building was demolished back in 2004 and no longer exists. If this small piece of video game history intrigues you, then got check out more pics of the calendar — as well as a fantastic photoshop restoration of its front cover — over at Before Mario.
[Thanks Before Mario]