A Matter of Time

International Fixed Calendar League

The International Fixed Calendar League was founded in London, in 1923. It proposed a calendar based on that of Comte's, with 13 months of four seven-day weeks. The traditional names of the days and months were maintained; an extra month, Sol, was introduced in the middle of the year. The 365th day of the year was 'Year Day', in leap years an extra 'Leap Day' was added between June and Sol.

The International Fixed Calendar was promoted as being more rational than the Gregorian, and as being better for business. The League seemed to have met with success with the League of Nations, where its proposals were seriously discussed in the 1920s. But the only place the calendar was ever adopted was the Kodak Company, apparently even until as recently as 1989. Kodak's president, George Eastman, was a fervent supporter of the Calendar, and probably supported the League financially as well. In any case, the League had the means to produce countless leaflets, flyers and brochures to promote its cause.