Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1941. Brochure in original illustrated wrappers mounted on illustrated cardboard of 28,5x15,5 cm. Creases and soiling of cardboard, with two pin holes in it, some stains and marks in calendar brochure. Ink inscription on rear side of front cover: “To mother and child from a dad’s New Year’s celebration. Moscow. January 12, 1942”.
Unique survival of the time: a calendar was published in the first year of the Great Patriotic War, during the Battle of Moscow. These military actions lasted from September 1941 to April 1942. The calendar was signed for printing on December 2, 1941.
The cardboard, as the base of the whole product, was supposed to be hung on a wall. In its upper part, a colored lithographic picture of the Battle of Kulikovo (1380) was placed as a historical example of Russian victories. In its lower part, the calendar brochure was glued. These two parts were printed separately and they credited different printruns: 300,000 copies of the calendar and 75,000 copies of the cardboard, so the small calendar might have been put in a pocket and carried everywhere.
The front cover of the brochure features the Kremlin, as well as military airplanes and firearms around it. Most months are covered with similar ink or pencil marks that witness about postcards and letters this person regularly sent to one or more relatives participating in the military actions at that time.