The Cosmic Calendars Project

The Cosmic Aeroplane distributed thousands of free high-quality calendars from 1977 to 1989 — They were the size of large posters, and could exceed 50 inches in height. Sometimes smaller-sized versions of the images were printed too. (Below Right)

(L) Art by Neil Passey; (R) Art by Rob Brown, Lettering by Neil Passey -- Business cards courtesy of David Faggioli.

“Give away” graphics like bookmarks, cards, and fliers were already a tradition at the Cosmic Aeroplane, but accelerated after the opening of the First South location, parallel with the extraordinarily popular poster-sized calendars, pioneered by alternative shops like Tape Head Co. and the General Store.  (L) Art by Neil Passey; (R) Art by Rob Brown. All Lettering by Neil Passey — Cosmic business cards courtesy of Dave Faggioli.

Thanks to readers of this site, the following photos and scans show at least the “top” pictorial images from the entire main series of calendarswonderful gifts from the Cosmic Aeroplane to their customers.

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1977 — Pen and Ink Drawing by Rob Brown

Although this initial Cosmic Calendar was composed in ink, limited editions were printed with layered color by Vanguard Graphics. Additional lettering by Neil Passey. Rob Brown also contributed to the Electric News. Note: Steve Jones is playing

Although this initial Cosmic Calendar was composed in ink, some limited editions were printed with layered color. Additional lettering by Neil Passey. Rob Brown also contributed to the Electric News — Scanned thanks to the University of Utah Marriott Library Special Collections, Manuscripts Division, from material donated by Ken Sanders.

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Here is an example of a layered color, or split-fountain, variation of the basic black and white 1977 calendar, printed by Bill Rounds of Vanguard Graphics:

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Courtesy of Sally Johnson (Vanguard Graphics)

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1978 — Full Color Painting by Neil Passey

Photo of the 1978 calendar with a black background:

The first version of Neil Passey's artwork had been for the organization Summum -- later described in the book Mondo Utah by Trent Harris.

An earlier version of Neil Passey’s “Blue Lady” was painted for the proto-New Age organization Summum — known for pyramids and wine, later described in the book Mondo Utah by Trent Harris.

The 1978 calendar with a white background, photographed in 1995 for the “Utah Sixties” exhibition at the Art Barn on Finch Lane:

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Art by Neil Passey — see notes above.

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1979 — Full Color Painting by Neil Passey

Eros and Psyche by Neil Passey — Digitized from a photograph by Travis Rounds via Facebook

Eros and Psyche by Neil Passey — Many thanks to Paul Schack.

Image of the calendar on an attic wall — we are soliciting quality scans of the original item.

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1980 — Photograph from Glen Canyon circa 1954 by Philip Hyde

Vertical wall, tributary of Glen Canyon, now submerged.

Vertical wall, tributary of Glen Canyon, now submerged — Many thanks to Paul Schack.

Image of the calendar on an attic wall — we are soliciting quality scans of the original item.

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1981 — Color Wilderness Photographs by David Sumner

Printed by Paragon Press. Copyright by Laughing Dragon Enterprises and David Sumner.

Printed by Paragon Press. Copyright by Laughing Dragon Enterprises and David Sumner — Scanned thanks to the University of Utah Marriott Library Special Collections, Manuscripts Division, from material donated by Ken Sanders.

(A quality scan of this calendar is in-process.)

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1982 — Black and White Photograph by John Telford

Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake -- Scan by Rare Books, Marriott Library, U of U.

Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake — Scan by Rare Books, Marriott Library, University of Utah.

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1983 — Black and White Photograph by J.A. Russell circa 1868

Hanging Rock, Echo Canyon, Utah. Copyright Andrew Smith.

Hanging Rock, Echo Canyon, Utah. Copyright Andrew Smith — Scanned thanks to the University of Utah Marriott Library Special Collections, Manuscripts Division, from material donated by Ken Sanders.

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1984 — Airbrush Painting by Kim Whitesides

Dedicated to the memory of the Denver & Rio Grande Zephyr -- that same passenger service is now run by Amtrack, and is called The Zephyr.

Dedicated to the memory of the Denver & Rio Grande Zephyr — this same passenger service is now run by Amtrak, and is called The Zephyr in honor of the original line — Scanned thanks to the University of Utah Marriott Library Special Collections, Manuscripts Division, from material donated by Ken Sanders.

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1985 — Color Photographic Assemblage by Rod Millar

Dugout Ranch and Canyonlands National Park. A 230 degree composite view.

Dugout Ranch and Canyonlands National Park. A 230 degree composite view from photos taken by Mr. Millar — Scanned thanks to the University of Utah Marriott Library Special Collections, Manuscripts Division, from material donated by Ken Sanders.

To see this unusually wide horizontal composition at a larger size:
Click HERE for the PDF version

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1986 — Color Photograph from the Uinta Mountains by David Muench

Copyright by Laughing Dragon Enterprises -- Many thanks to Paul Shack.

Copyright by Laughing Dragon Enterprises — Many thanks to Paul Schack.

(A quality scan of this entire calendar is in-process.)

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1987 — Color Photograph by Bob Bauer

The Burr Trail in Southern Utah.

The Burr Trail in Southern Utah.

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1988 — Color Photograph by David Quinney

The historic  Hotel Utah  was closed to the public and re-purposed as an office building.

The historic Hotel Utah was closed and re-purposed as an office building — Many thanks to Paul Schack.

(A quality scan of this calendar is in-process.)

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1989 — Historic Painting (1913)  by James Taylor Harwood

Dandelion Fields -- from the LDS Church Museum of History and Art.

Dandelion Fields — from the LDS Church Museum of History and Art.

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Many generous readers of this site donated calendars
to the Marriott Library Manuscripts Department in Special Collections at the University of Utah where they were digitized on a flatbed scanner. (They have all but three calendars in archival condition, and could use 1978, 1979, and 1980 to complete their physical collection — 10/2013.)
We continue to actively request contributions of pictures, memorabilia, oral histories, and needed corrections, concerning the Cosmic Aeroplane — please contact our blogmeister: mike_evans_exile@yahoo.com

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About Michael Evans

Michael has lived in Montana, Washington State (East and West), Holland, and England, but he was born in Salt Lake City, and graduated from the University of Utah.
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