Kamera Calendars 1965 & 1966

Two more Kamera Calendars to add to my collection arrived over the Christmas period, with the 1965 copy filling the only gap I had of the missing calendars. In that I mean I have scans of all calendars from other sources and members, plus 3 original copies I’ve purchased (1960. 1965 and 1966)

As you can see the quality of both Calendars is very good, with the only defect being a slight double print on the cover of the 1965 Calendar, as you can see two sets of Jayne Tracy’s eyes. The inside pages of each calendar are perfect, with little colour fading for 50 years old. You could hang them on the wall today and they wouldn’t look out of place and as you can see the 1965 calendar is attached to a company backing board. Both also came with their original envelopes, but those are a little worn as you can imagine, but did their job and protected the actual calendars. Another bargain win on eBay as I won both for £7.80 including postage, result!

I’ve started scanning the pages of both and will start to share them on here soon 🙂

Pamela Green – Kamera Calendar, January 1961

A republish of the 1961 Kamera calendar by each individual month rather than en-mass and starting with the stunning in red Pamela Green. Love this outfit on her and the deckchair in the background with her name on it. The prop to the right has been used several times including Kamera Backstage and as part of the glamour film and photo set ‘star Strip’ featuring June Palmer.

Dawn Grayson – Kamera Calendar 1968 Cover

Thanks to John I now have a further two complete sets of scanned Kamera calendars for both 1968 and 1969! The penultimate and last calendars produced and starring some of my favourite later models, include of course Dawn Grayson, June Palmer and Julie Collins.

We start with the cover of the 1969 calendar featuring Dawn Grayson cuddling a snowman on festive set.  This was probably part of the photo shoot that appeared in the 1967 Kamera Winter Special, where I have already publish 3 shots of Dawn on the same set.

Thanks to John W for again scanning and sending copies of these calendars, as it is always appreciated by me for the time and effort he takes to do this for the site.

The 1960 Kamera Calendar & The Best £15 Ever Spent

Last week I had an email come through from Ruth, the daughter of Don (87) who recently passed away, but was a fan of Harrison Marks. Amongst his effects she had found as she described it ‘a good clean copy’ of the Harrison Marks 1960 calendar as shown on my blog. She had considered trying to put it up on eBay, but wondered if I was interested in it first, which I was. I replied to the kind offer by saying I was interested and could I see some photo’s of the calendar and what did she consider a reasonable offer for the calendar.

The above images are the actual images that were sent through from Ruth and as you can see the quality of it looked to be excellent. As part of the conversation Ruth also mentioned that on the cardboard backing of the calendar, her aunt, who sent the calendar to Don all those years ago, had written on it and it says ‘Best wishes from, Betty and Jim’ and would that matter, but to me that just added character and a story to the calendar. As to an offer for the calendar Ruth had the following suggestion – What I would say is that my dad knew he was very ill and sorted out last wishes before he died. He chose two charities for donations, one of which was Parkinson’s UK. The reason for this was that his long time friend Jim – mentioned on the back of the said calendar died of Parkinsons. So he would think it quite a hoot if the old calendar generated a bit of cash to go toward that charity’.

Anyway I was interested and still wanted the calendar, so we agreed that we would proceed on good faith rather than ‘faffing’ around with eBay and Paypal. I would make a £15 donation to Parkinson’s UK via the ‘Just Giving‘ website and then Ruth would post me the calendar. I made my donation as agreed and sent Ruth proof of the donation and she then posted the calendar on to me as agreed.

The calendar arrived yesterday and upon opening it up to my surprise I have an almost immaculate copy of the 1960 Harrison Marks Kamera Calendar! So thanks to Don I am now the proud owner of my first and favourite Kamera Calendar. 

It goes without saying that a big thank you must go to Ruth for contacting me and offering me the calendar first, but also to Don for his love of Harrison Marks back in 1960 and keeping this calendar in such good condition. So as the title says the best £15 ever spent on a Kamera Calendar and all going to a very good cause – Thanks Don!

Over the coming weeks I’ll be redoing the 1960 Kamera Calendar pages with scans from my own copy 🙂