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---Why I Bought This---
Well it might seem strange to buy a calendar in June but this one was on offer and the Rupert Bear Calendar was one I had wanted for some time.
Published by Flame Tree Publishing and made in China. Available on Amazon.
This is a large 12 inch x 12 inch calendar.
The cover and back board are glossy card.
Made in China for Flame Tree Publishing.
12 full page pictures of Rupert and a corresponding 12 pages of calendar - to be viewed as a two page spread - the top page is the image while the bottom page is the monthly calendar - this has squares for each day of about 1.5 inches square.
Has the dates of holidays and events included.
There is a hole on the top of each page for hanging.
Each calendar page also has a small image taken from the full page image which is also shown - so you may have a small Rupert or a bird etc somewhere on the calendar itself.
---Images & Facts---
Each month has a full page image and some facts on Rupert Bear as well:
Image taken from 1971 Annual - page 115 - Rupert is out in the coutnryside with his chums.
FACT - Rupert was first published in the Daily Express on 8th November 1920 - he was first drawn in black and white and later had a blue jumper. However Rupert's jumper soon changed to his well known red one and he also then had his yellow check trousers and scarf.
Image taken from 1952 Annual - page 119 - Rupert is cleaning boots outside his cottage while chatting to Bil Badger.
FACT - Rupert was thought of as a brown bear but as white was cheaper to print the Express newspaper changed it. Most Rupert Annual covers still show him as being brown - though he is always white inside.
Image was the 1964 Annual cover - Rupert is climbing rocks with mountains in the distance.
FACT - Alfred Bestall often used Snowdonia in his landscapes as he had a cottage there. The 1964 Annual also had Magic Painting pages.
Image is the 1952 Annual cover - showing RUpert up a tree with a squirrel.
FACT - John Harrold became famous for his 'L' shaped artwork at the beginning of stories.
Image is Swan Lake Adventure Series No 13 cover - showing Rupert talking to a king swan.
FACT - not an annual this time - these small books were published from 1948-63.
Image from 1958 Annual - page 3 - Rupert out for a hike with pals.
FACT - this Annual featured the now famous Frog Chorus by Alfred Bestall. Made famous by Paul McCartney's 'Rupert and the Frog Song'.
Image from 1995 Annual - page 109 - Rupert is running off to the beach with his friends - carrying buckets and spades.
FACT - drawn by John Harrold and coloured by Gina Hart.
Image is the 1980 Annual cover - this is repeated on the claendar cover as well. Rupert and pals are playing with glove puppets of themselves.
FACT - this was the first Annual in the larger size.
Image from the 1939 Annual cover - Rupert and pals with a kite.
FACT - Rupert stories are based around Rupert and his friends and their village of Nutwood. Most have remained constant such as Bill Badger, Edward Trunk and Algie Pug - but Pong Ping from China had started out as a boy but then been changed to a girl.
Image from the 1964 Annual - page 115 - Rupert on rocks taking pictures of his friends.
FACT - unlike other cartoons there are no speech bubbles in Rupert Annuals so the artwork is not compromised.
Image is of 1972 Annual cover - Rupert and his friends are having a picnic.
FACT - done by Alex Cubie who had previously worked on some of the puzzle pages.
Image form 1989 Annual cover - Rupert in a red coat with his friends and they are building a snowman.
FACT - themes of courage, modesty, comradeship and loyalty resound throughout the stories today as they did 90 yeasr ago.
I paid £2.47 now but it looks on Amazon as if the full price would have been £10 - the 2013 calendar is now on sale for a reduced price of £9. This is why I waited until now - but often they just sell out.
Well firstly let me say I bought this for the artwork pages and not really to use as a calendar - though it does have good spaces if you wished to jot down appointments etc.
I had read good reviews on these Rupert Bear calendars for previous years but although I love Rupert items I would not want to pay £10 for a calendar.
However while browsing Amazon I found this calendar now reduced to under £2.50 so just had to have it.
Being 12 inches square you get really good large images - 12 different ones plus a duplicate image on the glossy cover - so long as you do not write on the calendar no pen imprints will show through on the large picture on the reverse and all these pages can be used as posters or laminated for mouse mats.
The calendar itself is laid out well with a month to each page and plenty of room for writing in items if you wished.
The real star of the calendar is of course the Rupert images - some being from the covers of old annuals and others being from within the books - I love that they tell you exactly where the image came from and there is also a snippet of Rupert information on each double page of the calendar.
The front cover is thick and very glossy card and the paper of the calendar itself is of good quality paper.
There is no image that I do not like but the three which are my favourites are:
February - which shows Rupert sitting outside his little cottage and cleaning a large boot (probably his fathers) while chatting to his friend Bill Badger. By the garden fence are some of Rupert's toys - an old fashioned bike, ball, cricket bat and boat - all old fashioned toys but which evokes ideas of childhood in simpler times. the artwork is superb and there are rolling fields in the backgrond with a windmill, well, church tower and cottages.
October - Rupert is taking a picture of his three pals while some birds and rabbits look on - the nice thing is that Rupert is using an old fashioned camera while he and his friends have old fashioned canvas bags with them and bed rolls for their camping trip.
November - this shows Rupert and his friends enjoying a picnic when a letter is delvered by a bird. I like the way the old fashioned picnic is laid out - their drinks come in flasks and their sandwiches have evidently been wrapped in greasproof paper.
This calendar features the original and old style Rupert and definitely not the horrid new 'improved' version that can be seen on TV these days.
I like the way it reflects a bygone time - there are few cars and no mobile phones or computer games.
---Would I Recommend?---