Gnome Press calendars are among the scarcest and most interesting associational items. I have the 1949, 1950, and 1952 calendars.

1949 Gnome Press Calendar cover

Do others exist? They float like phantoms through odd, offhand mentions.

CHALKER makes the claim in so many words: Gnome published calendars every year from 1949 through 1956. The 1951 might be found in a collector’s vault, if rumor is to be believed. The others? Well, if you have a 1956 calendar – or a 1955 calendar or a 1954 calendar or a 1953 calendar – you have one of the scarcest items in all science fiction, much more so than the 6 copies of The Vortex Blaster, which comparatively can be found everywhere. I know of no reason to believe that they exist, although if you go to the 1952 page you’ll read a story that can make the most devote scoffer believe.

The headers for the pages here on the Gnome Press Release are slices from the 1949 and 1950 calendars, and pop up randomly whenever a page loads. They are marvelously evocative, from masters of fantasy art like Hannes Bok, Edd Cartier, and even Frank R. Paul. Some are more dated than the books; others – particular those by the fantabulous, numinous Bok – are timeless. How wonderful it would to discover more.

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