December 16, 2005 Library of Congress Unveils 2006 Calendars Featuring Images from Vast Collections

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Thirteen calendars featuring the wide-ranging collections of the Library of Congress have been released for 2006. Produced cooperatively by the Library and Pomegranate Publications of Rohnert Park, Calif., the calendars draw on the Library's collections to illuminate and illustrate different facets of art, history, literature and ethnography.

The nine full-color wall calendars, with a different image for every month, cover subjects from Native Americans to vintage posters to the Civil War, while the three spiral-bound desk calendars highlight daring women, travel posters and the Civil War. The 365-day padded desk calendar features quips from a variety of William Shakespeare’s plays.

All of the calendars are available in the Library’s Sales Shop. Order online at or by calling (888) 682*3557. Bulk orders and general inquiries can be made directly to Pomegranate Publications at (800) 227-1428 or by visiting

The titles of the calendars are:

On Broadway! Theater Posters from the Library of Congress – featuring original posters produced for a dozen musicals from the 1950s to the 1970s (12”x13”; $13.99).

Fairies – a sampling of classic portraits that first appeared in popular early 20th century children’s books (7”x7”; $6.99).

The Civil War – highlighting 42 color illustrations and black-and-white photographs of maps, battle scenes, essays and biographical sketches (13”x12”; $13.99).

Shakespeare’s Realm – in its 10th year, this wall calendar offers dozens of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs of scenes from his plays, costumes and actors, histrionic orations, books and posters (13”x12”; $13.99).

Edward S. Curtis: Portraits of Native Americans – gleaned from some 40,000 portraits all held by the Library, the calendar features 12 evocative photo reproductions accompanied by brief, scholarly essays and important events in Native American history (12”x13”; $13.99).

Best in Show: Classic Dog Posters – a gathering of these loveable creatures as depicted in graphic art, vintage posters and magazines that span more than a century (13.5”x 19”; $19.95).

Bon Voyage: Vintage Travel Posters – from the Library’s Prints and Photographs collection, these images invite viewers to such exciting destinations as France and Monte Carlo (13.5”x 19”; $19.95).

Classic Cats – a delightful collection of charming, elegant and often mischievous cats from vintage posters, original art and magazines (13.5”x 19”; $19.95).

Italia: Vintage Italian Travel Posters – visit Venice, Florence, Rome and Milan without ever leaving home (13.5”x 19”; $19.95).

Shakespeare’s Insults – a 365-day padded tear-off calendar, some 313 brief excerpts from the bard’s plays showcase his often overlooked talent of wicked and outrageous put-downs. Contextual notes support each quotation (5 1/4”x4 1/4”; $11.99).

Engagement calendar: Women Who Dare – an array of 53 women from all walks of life and historical periods who challenged adversity and limitations grace the pages of this desk calendar. It also includes important dates and birthdays in women’s history (6 5/8”x8”; $14.99).

Engagement calendar: The Civil War – Images, including contemporary photographs, chromolithographs and excerpts from diaries, document the war that claimed some 620,000 lives. Wartime events are noted for each day of the year (6 5/8”x8”; $14.95)

Engagement calendar: Fairies – thirty-two wistful images by illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, Alice Bolam Preston and Florence Storer capture the theme popular during the so-called Golden Age of Illustration (6 5/8”x8”; $14.99).


PR 05-258
ISSN 0731-3527