Originally featured in Points West magazine in Summer 2019
Winchester Calendar, 1894
In 1887, Union Metallic Cartridge Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, introduced an advertising calendar to market its line of ammunition. Not to be outdone by its down-state rival, Winchester Repeating Arms Company in New Haven, Connecticut, also introduced the first Winchester calendar the same year. It was only a matter of time until other firearms manufacturers followed suit.
Firearms-related calendars and posters became very popular with collectors, especially since the manufacturers featured artists such as A.B. Frost, N.C. Wyeth, W.R. Leigh, Lynn Bogue Hunt, Philip Goodwin, Norman Rockwell, and in this case, Frederic Remington (1861–1909). Here, three men protect their stock from wolves with their rifles, and two hunters in a canoe come upon a moose.
“Ranchmen Protecting Stock from Wolves” and “A Surprise Party” by Frederic Remington, 1894 Winchester calendar. Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Collection. 1988.8.2897