1952 Monkey Cartoon Wall Calendar by Lawson Wood "The Big Shot"


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Agnes Flennanger rolled her eyes as she handed her husband Lester one of the 500 Lawson Wood Monkey Calendars that were just delivered. Agnes was the office manager and bookkeeper for the couple’s Billings, Montana Refrigeration and Heating company. He began to laugh uproariously as he rolled out the calendar and studied the cartoon art. Lester loved the Lawson Wood monkey cartoon paintings. He loved them so much that every year he insisted upon ordering 500 calendars featuring the Wood’s monkey art to give to his customers. He would also give one to each of employees along with a turkey as their Christmas bonus. Agnes was not such a fan of monkey art and each year begged him to order some calendars with a lovely scenic photos or something that did not include monkeys.

“Now Agnes, admit it..this here is REAL art…look at all the details. This one's even better than last year's,” Lester said to his wife as he was still chuckling over the the illustration.

“Oh Lester...next year we’re getting calendars with scenic landscape photos,” she scolded as she left his office. She glanced back to see him still gawking and laughing at the calendar rolled out on his desk all the while peeling a banana for his afternoon snack.

Here's a unique item sure to please the monkey art lover--a large, 1953 wall calender featuring a watercolor painting of monkey's doing business by renowned artists/illustrator Lawson Wood. This particular calendar features his painting entitled "The Big Shot!" and is a tintogravure print with vibrant colors and a great retro vibe. The calendar measures 33.5" (85 cm) tall and is 16" (40.5 cm) wide with a thin metal strip on the top and bottom as well as a hanging loop on the top. There is also a December 1952 paper calender stapled below the illustration. The illustration itself measures 18.5" tall (47 cm) X 16" wide (40.5 cm). Underneath the calendar is a full year calendar for 1950 as well as description of the illustration. This fun calendar would look great framed or mount and frame just the illustration itself. It will ship to you in a mailing tube for best protection.

This paper calendar is in very good vintage condition considering its age. We found a few very small tears/nicks along the paper's edge as well as some light fold marks toward the top of the piece. The paper has some yellowing but the graphics are vibrant and it has a beautiful vintage look to it. No stains or pencil/pen marks found.

We have several other Lawson Wood monkey calendars that you might also consider:

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