Cards & Calendars - Aeroflot Soviet Airlines Archives

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Very popular in the USSR were the small 'bankcard-sized' pocket calendars and Aeroflot published many of them. Less known and far rarer were large wall calendars. Many of them were decorated with pictures of destinations and sometimes of the fleet. Aeroflot also published yearly agendas but let's start with this rare calendar book published for the year 1954.

1948


32 pp, 210 x 150 mm, RU
Redizdat Aeroflot and the Moscow City Agency of Air Communications
Moscow, 1947
1954 - calendar book

Beautiful artwork of Ilyushin 12 night operations at Vnukovo Airport on the cover of this large calendar-book. This illustrated book has on the left-hand pages articles about Soviet aviation and historical event dates. On the right-hand pages, a weekly agenda calendar.

140 pp, 221 x 291 mm, RU, softcover
Redizdat Aeroflot
Moscow, 1953
Aeroflot wall calendars - Аэрофлот Настенные календари
1958

On the cover the silver silhouette of a Tupolev 104. It was the world's second jetliner to enter regular service and when the British Comet was grounded, it was the only jet aircraft in operation between 1956 and 1958.

28 pp, 295 x 397 mm, RU
1960


26 pp, 322 x 484 mm, RU-EN
1961

The year 1961 will be remembered forever in history as the year in which the first human being travelled into space. This major Soviet achievement took place on 12 April 1961 when 27 year old Yuri Gagarin reached earth's orbit. This calendar was printed several months before, in a time the Soviets booked tremendous successes in space technology. Therefore, the cover of this Aeroflot calendar is no surprise. It shows the stars and a sphere made of pentagon shaped Soviet pennants. Such metal spheres were on board Luna-2, the first spacecraft to reach the moon, impacting its surface on 13 September 1959.

30 pp, 350 x 542 mm, RU-EN
1962

Who else than Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, the first man in space, could be on the calendar for the year 1962? He's shown wearing his spacesuit and in the background the launch of the Vostok rocket.

28 pp, 350 x 530 mm, RU-EN
1963

The year of the 40th anniversary of Soviet Civil Aviation did not go unnoticed. It was a time when the replacement of piston aircraft by turbojets and turboprops on the Aeroflot network was in full swing. On the cover a stylized '40' with the earth and a Tupolev 104.

28 pp, 485 x 350 mm, RU-EN
1965

A sober cover on the 1965 edition of the Aeroflot wall calendar.

28 pp, 380 x 317 mm, RU-EN
1967

The cover of this 1967 calendar refers to the 50th anniversary of the Great October Revolution and shows a Tu-144 'CCCP-65000' flying over an early generation passenger biplane.

28 pp, 320 x 460 mm, RU-EN
1967

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution, 1917 - 1967, with the hammer and sickle symbol and a Tu-134 flying overhead.

20 pp, 511 x 361 mm, RU-EN
1968

On the cover a woman with a sicilian red dress, representing the earth, is guiding a 'Tu-154 like' airplane. 1968 was the year Soviet civil aviation celebrated its 45th birthday and in which the succesful Tu-154 would make its first flight.

28 pp, 346 x 510 mm, RU-EN
1969

Same calendar design as the one of 1968 but adapted for the year 1969 and on different paper, slightly smaller.

28 pp, 316 x 493 mm, RU-EN
Rostov-on-Don, 1968 - 25,000
1969

On 31 December 1968 the world's first supersonic passenger airliner, the Tupolev 144, made its first flight. When this calendar was printed earlier in 1968, no one knew that this event would take place on New Year's Eve and even if they did, they could not have chosen a better cover. The Kremlin Spasskaya tower clock at midnight, symbolically with the Tu-144 in the sky.

18 pp plus transparent plastic sheet, 312 x 478 mm, RU-EN
1971, Aeroflot Soviet Airlines

January - Moscow is the centre of USSR's air lines
February - Irkutsk 7 hrs. 00 min.
March - Novgorod 1 hr. 45 min.
April - Kiev 1 hr. 20 min.
May - Tallinn 1 hr. 45 min.
June - Kazan 1 hr. 25 min.
July - Sochi 2 hr. 15 min.
August - Erevan 3 hr. 40 min.
September - Simferopol 1 hr. 55 min.
October - Tashkent 4 hr. 20 min.
November - Leningrad 1 hr. 10 min.
December - Petrozavodsk 1 hr. 20 min.

14 pp, 322 x 467 mm, RU-EN
1973

The year of the 50th birthday of Soviet civil aviation, 1923 - 1973. The Tu-144 is portrayed on the cover but it would become an annus horribilis for the world's first supersonic airliner. During the 30th Paris Air Show, a Tu-144 crashed during its demonstration flight on 3 June 1973. While the cause of the crash is much debated and was most likely not a technical or design issue, nevertheless, the tragedy had a strong impact on the future development of the aircraft.

16 pp, 412 x 580 mm, RU-EN
1975

On the cover this year, the silhoutte of a flying Ilyushin 62 seen from the top with dark, silver and blue icy colours.

14 pp, 412 x 580 mm, RU-EN
1978

1977 was the birthyear of the Ilyushin 86. The cover announces the coming of this new large airliner showing its silver silhouette over the earth. It started regular Aeroflot services in 1980. In the top right corner the Order of Lenin, the Order of the October Revolution and the Aeroflot flag.

22 pp (at least 2 are missing), 401 x 569 mm, RU-EN
Postcards of All-Union Air Routes - Oткрытки Воздушных Маршрутов
Postcard Sets
Soviet Passenger Aircraft

Postcard set published for the 40th anniversary of Aeroflot.

folder with 10 postcards, 107 x 150 mm, RU-EN
1963
Soviet Passenger Aircraft


folder with 10 postcards, 107 x 150 mm, RU-EN
New Planes, Helicopters, Airports

Postcard set published for the 45th anniversary of Aeroflot.

booklet with 12 removable postcards (28 pp in total), 267 x 105 mm, RU-EN
1968
Russian Outdoors in Seasonal Garb



12 postcards plus cover
Aviation in the Economy of the Country

folder with 10 postcards, 107 x 149 mm, RU-EN
Aviareklama, 1970s
Aviaexport



Envelope with 24 postcards
undated
Aviaexport



Folder  with 17 postcards
undated
Aeroflot 1923 - 1973



24 postcards plus cover
1973
Uzbekistan



17 postcards plus cover
Aeroflot Soviet Airlines
Fly Aeroflot to the Capitals of Soviet Republics


16 postcards plus cover
late 1970s
The Aeroflot Planes



Folder with 7 postcards
Aviareklama, undated
The Aeroflot Planes



Folder with 7 postcards
Aviareklama, undated
The Aeroflot Planes (60 Years 1923-1983)



Folder with 6 (complete?) postcards
Aviareklama, 1983
To the Soviet Union by Aeroflot


Folder with 13 postcards
undated
Aeroflot 60 Years 1923-1983 Planes and Helicopters



26 postcards plus cover
Aviareklama, 1983
Airports of the USSR



8 postcards plus cover
Aviareklama, 1985
Health Resorts of the USSR



16 postcards plus cover
Aviareklama, 1985
The Capitals of the Republics of the USSR



15 postcards plus cover
Aviareklama, 1985
Central Asia



16 postcards plus cover
Aviareklama, 1986
Soviet Baltic Republics



16 postcards plus cover
Aviareklama, 1986
Byelorussia


16 postcards plus cover
Aviareklama, 1987
Aeroflot Soviet Airlines



16 postcards plus cover
Aviareklama, 1987
Aeroflot Planes


8 postcards plus cover
Aviareklama, 1988
Wings of Aeroflot


16 postcards plus cover
1989 - 240,000
Planes and Helicopters


16 postcards plus cover
Aviareklama, 1991
Aeroflot Soviet Airlines



16 postcards plus cover
Aviareklama, 1992
Happy New Year! - С Новым Годом!
1957

This double folded leaflet wishes you a Happy New Year! with a view on the Moscow Kremlin Spasskaya Tower with its clock on midnight. Inside a table-calendar for 1957.
The aircraft of Aeroflot will take you quickly to the capitals of the Union republics, major cities, industrial centers, resorts and capitals of foreign countries.
Information at airports, Aeroflot and Intourist agencies, at city information offices and at railway, sea and river stations.

102 x 145 mm
- (1959)

Postcard with a photomontage by V. Sveshnikova. It shows Mi-4 CCCP-L35 above a Moscow street. The actual used photo in this card was taken by O. Knorring when it was flying for the construction of the Irkutsk hydroelectric power station. It was published in the Ogonek magazine, 1956 №29.  On 19 December 1957, this Mi-4 crashed when it was making another flight for Aeroflot's East Siberian department.

137 x 95 mm
Gosfotokombinat "Lenfotokhudoznik"
1958 - 50,000
- (1959)

Photomontage by V. Sveshnikova. Again, the same photo of Mi-4 CCCP-L35, as in the card on the left, was used in this photomontage where a pinguin of the South Pole and an icebear of the North Pole eat ice-cream together. Remarkably, both greeting cards were published in 1958, the year after the accident with the helicopter.

94 x 143 mm
1960

Double folded greeting card in Russian, Chinese, English and French. On the backpage the silhouette on an Il-18 flying around the globe

90 x 153 mm
1961

Double folded card with the silhouette of a Tu-104 and an Il-18. Inside decorated with a small drawing a of a rocket launch. The card wishes a Happy New Year in Russian, Chinese, English and French language.

148 x 86 mm
1961

Greeting card with an Aeroflot Tu-104 flying through the night sky over the red star of the Spasskaya Tower in Moscow. Photomontage by V. Sveshnikova and published by Lenizokombinat.

135 x 94 mm
1960 - 50,000
1962

Greeting card with a Tu-104 flying through the night sky. The card opens in the middle, exposing a drawing of the Tu-104 after landing, a stewardess walks away with a child passenger.

151 x 85 mm
1963

Double folded greeting card for the new year  of 1963, the 40th anniversary of Aeroflot. To the card is a plastic medallion attached with the Aeroflot logo. On the cover '1963' in 3D-effect.

147 x 80 mm
- (early 60s)

Double folded greeting card showing the brand new Antonov An-24 in the early yellow-red colours. 'Happy New Year' wishes in Spanish, English, French, Russian and Ukrainian. artwork by Yu. I. Yaromenok.

129 x 80 mm
? - 40,000
1964

Double folded greeting card with stylyzed '64' and the silhouette of the new Il-62 on the cover.

147 x 100 mm
1964

Aeroflot wishes you a Happy New Year 1964. Small card published by the Riga Aeroflot Office.

110 x 73 mm
1965

Partly folded card with decorated with Greek mythological master craftsman Daedalus and his son Icarus.

177 x 80 mm
1965

Stylish card for the year 1965

137 x 97 mm
-

Undated double folded greeting card with the Moscow Kremlin on the cover. Inside, 'Happy New Year' wishes from Aeroflot and on the backcover a silhouette of a Tu-104.

90 x 175 mm
1965

An Il-62 on the cover of this double folded card that was printed with thick ink creating some relief.

144 x 75 mm
1966

Partly folded card with New Year wishes in 5 languages, English, German, French, Spanish and Russian and a silhoutte of an airliner flying above the silver clouds.

159 x 80 mm
1966

Unsure what this double folded was used for (a bookmark?), it shows Ded Moroz on the cover and inside a parachute jumper with a Tu-104 flying overhead.

115 x 68 mm
-

Undated postcard from the Kharkov Aviation Plant named after the Lenin Komsomol, the birthplace of the Tu-134s.

92 x 148 mm
1967

Double folded greeting card for the year 1967 which was also the the year of the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution (1917 - 1967). On the cover a Christmas tree decorated with the first Sputnik which flew in 10 years earlier in 1957 and the Tu-144 which was under developement at the time. On the card it shows registered as CCCP-65000

170 x 80 mm
1968

Double folded card with an artwork of Moscow-Domodedovo on th cover and a Tu-144. Inside artist impression of the Tu-144. In 1968 Aeroflot celebrated its 45th anniversary.

210 x 100 mm
1968

Double folded Aeroflot New Year greeting card from the Aeroflot Ukrainian Civil Aviation Directorate (УУГА). On the backside it says 'We invite you to fly!" with the Kiev phonenumbers for info and bookings.

145 x 91 mm
Kiev УУГА
1967 - 5,000
1969

Folded Aeroflot New Year greeting card from the Харьковского ОАО УУ ГА with snow maiden holding an Il-62

211 x 100 mm
1970

Double folded Aeroflot New Year greeting card in 5 languages with its original envelope

210 x 100 mm
1971

Double folded Aeroflot New Year greeting card with on the cover Father Frost bringing gifts and traveling on top of the supersonic Tu-144 creating shock waves when breaking the sound barrier.

210 x 100 mm
- (1973?)

This double folded greeting card is undated but was written for the year 1973.

102 x 201 mm
- (1973)

Tu-144 cruising through the night sky. Artwork by A. Aksamit

148 x 106 mm
1972
- (1974)

Double folded greeting card with Ded Moroz and the Tu-144.

140 x 90 mm
Publishing House 'Planeta', 1973 - 1,000,000
1976

It's almost midnight on the Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower, an Ilyushin 62 flies by. Double folded card with envelope of the Ministry of Civil Aviation USSR.

205 x 95 mm
-

Undated double folded Aeroflot greeting card in six languages with an Il-62

201 x 100 mm
- (1980?)

Undated double folded greeting card with Mishka, the bear mascot for the 1980 Moscow Olympics is flying on the new Il-86.

200 x 100 mm
-

Undated double folded Aeroflot greeting card. It's midnight in Moscow, start of the new year.

100 x 200 mm
-

Undated double folded greeting card with the Ilyushin 86 on the cover.

90 x 170 mm
-

Undated double folded greeting card with the Ilyushin 86 on the cover.

145 x 105 mm
-
1870 - 1970

Double folded card to commemorate the birth of Lenin 100 years ago. Inside a photo of an Ilyushin 62 on take-off.

204 x 101 mm
Aviareklama, 1969
50 Years October Revolution

'DEAR COMRADE! DAY of the USSR Air Fleet - Aeroflot congratulates you on your aviation holiday. We wish you good health and success in your work. We hope to see you again as our passenger.

139 x 75 mm
1967
1917 - 1967

Double folded card to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Great October Revolution.

160 x 85 mm
1967
Слава Октябрю

Double folded card to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Great October Revolution.

146 x 83 mm
1972

Please accept my sincere congratulations on the occasion of international solidarity of workers - the day of May 1 and wishes of health, happiness and success in work. Double folded with on the cover an Ilyushin 62 flying over Moscow landmarks, the Soviet flag and mayflowers.

150 x 89 mm
1972
-

'Accept heartfelt congratulations and best wishes on the national holiday - Day of the Air Fleet of the USSR'. On the cover of this double folded card, the Tu-144 and several Moscow landmarks  and flags.

150 x 76 mm
undated, ca. 1972

On the fold-out badges of Lenin and the October Revolution

204 (folds open to 295 mm) x 100 mm
ca. 1975
-

'Accept heartfelt congratulations and best wishes on the national holiday - the Day of the Air Fleet of the USSR'. On the cover of this double folded card, the Il-86

145 x 102 mm
1977
Bookmarks - Закладки
Two bookmarks for the 40th anniversary of Aeroflot in 1963:
- The blue one is decorated with Tu-114s and says 'We invite you to fly!' with the phonenumbers to book a flight.  200 x 34 mm.
- The black one says 40 years Aeroflot, 1923 - 1963. 197 x 35 mm
Two-sided bookmark by the Antonov Design Bureau, Kiev presenting the An-225  Price was 43 Kop.

198 x 35 mm
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