calendar issued by the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea
|The Essential Calendar:
The Art & Design of Calendars; Thematic, Historic and
Curated by William J. Dane
Third Floor Gallery
January 12 - April 29, 2000
|In response to the considerable worldwide interest in
the arrival of the new millennium, The Newark Public
Library has gathered together about one thousand
calendars and selected close to two hundred which are
currently exhibited in a show entitled The
Essential Calendar: The Art & Design of Calendars;
Thematic, Historic and Artistic Examples,
which is on view in The Library's Third Floor Gallery
from January 12 through April 29, 2000.
Calendar" illustration by Thomas Cleland.
calendar from Gray Lithograph Co. with illustration
by W. Hannert.
||Visits to bookstores, gift and greeting card shops
and outlets in late 1999, provided clear evidence that
current up-to-date calendars are absolutely essential for
most people to accurately record their work and social
schedules, as well as to note anniversaries, birthdays,
holidays and a wide variety of highly important dates and
times in each individual's personal, corporate and family
life. Calendars with visuals are the most popular format
in recent decades and it is the wide appeal of particular
topics that make up sixteen sections of the Library's
|These appealing topics include cats forever feline,
furry and fun; ecological interests chiefly from groups
deeply concerned with saving wildlife, forests, the world's
oceans and open spaces all around the globe; views of
European cities and monuments, many of historical
importance and illustrated in color to entice travelers
of all ages to come for extended visits; and irresistible
images of dogs of all sizes and progeny who are still
mankind's very best friends.
Greve's Ansicht von Kiel Bezeichnet, dated 1585,
illustrates this 1965 calendar published in Hamburg,
Germany and distributed by Der Vereinsbank.
Smaller items include a dozen daybooks, appointment books or
engagement records. Convenience and reliability are the principal
requirements for these important items of record, which are most
often purchased as the New Year rolls around. Some are shaped to
drop easily into a pocket or purse, but most are designed to rest
on a desk near the telephone or near the computer in the new
century. A choice selection of calendars is selected to show
their highly unusual shapes and sizes. Some are three-dimensional
while others pop up, are geometric in shape or have innovative
and truly clever design elements.
miniature patented calendar, postmarked January 5, 1907.
America's mania for celebrities from the dream factories of
Hollywood or other various popular media result in a grouping of
calendars featuring great stars of the moving picture world such
as Cary Grant, Cher, John Wayne, James Dean and the legendary
Greta Garbo. Wrist watches which serve, in part, as calendars
showing the date, month and sometimes the year, bear images of
Marilyn Monroe, Czar Nicholas II (the last Romanov ruler), Andy
Warhol, Superman and, of course, Micky Mouse in several versions.
Synagogue of Conservative Judaism calendar for 5755.
Deluxe large format calendars are shown with one printed in
Israel in 1998 for the Tel Aviv University saluting a new world
of ideas and scientific development over the past thousand years.
In stunning overlays and die cuts, this notable publication
illustrates and describes the Compass (12th century), the
Mechanical Clock (14th century), the Printing Press (15th century)
and Electricity and Electronics (19th and 20th centuries). An
oversized calendar for the year 2000 printed on one sheet
features the phases of the moon throughout the twelve months as
prepared and published by The Museum of Modern Art in New York
City. Of special interest is an impressive calendar centering on
the theme of the relationship between music and fine art
resulting in a unique art form of visual music. These images of
musical illustration were produced for a German paper
manufacturer in 1993 on natural white chlorine free paper. This
notable calendar is titled Music on Paper with the aim
of carrying the language of sound in images to reflect the music
of written signs and notes. Other illustrated topics include
Russian lacquer miniatures, the 1996 Olympic Games held in
Atlanta and 18th century flower prints for each month as engraved
by Peter Casteels II (1684-1749), a Flemish artist who is noted
for his authentic and detailed flower studies of considerable
Testing Laboratories calendar from 1940.
for Better Living" is the theme of this 1956
calendar created by Arts High School students. Cover
designed by Margo Hoess.
illustration from Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry.
||Other calendar topics covering a wide range of
designer projects include ecological interests, calendars
originating from Newark and New Jersey, books of hours
from the Middle Ages, appointment books and historic
calendars going back to a 1905 calendar issued by the
Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company showing a fussily
costumed girl sipping tea. The scores of calendars
selected for viewing plus descriptive texts and
decorative accessories are from The Special Collections
of The Newark Public Library as arranged by William J.
Dane, supervisor of posters, prints and a wide variety of
works on paper at The Library. For additional information,
please call The Library at 973-733-7745.