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Drawn by Louis Crusius for the Antikamnia Chemical Company in 1893 // Completely restored and retouched with new 14 Months Calendarium
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THE FUNNY BONES CALENDARS 2020 14 Months, December 2019 - January 2021. 

// WALL CALENDAR // BOOK CALENDAR // POSTERS // POSTCARDS //

Drawn by Louis Crusius 1893 for the Antikamnia Chemical Company // Completely restored and retouched.

   Louis Crusius (1862 - 1898) practiced medicine and was a lecturer in anatomy and histology in  the 19th Century. Drawing was a hobby for Crusius, and he produced a vast number  of humorous works. Almost his last conscious act was the completion of an 1898  New Year's card shortly before his death .

WALL CALENDAR SIZE: 42X30CM (A3)

 A short sneak peek on our rewards...

 His drawings frequently incorporated a humorous and satiric view of the  medical profession. Most of his works were given to friends and family. A  few, such as The Diagnosis, were sold to be included in a calendar  published by the Antikamnia Chemical Company of St. Louis or to be used for other  advertisements.

 The Antikamnia Chemical Company – the name is a cod Greek word meaning opposed to pain – was founded in the late 1880s and registered in 1890 by a couple of drug store owners in St Louis, Missouri. 

 The little white tablets they produced were described in their adverts as “little short of an inspiration”.  Users were given helpful instructions, “also advisable to administer with a little water, diluted whisky, wine or hot toddy”. And what was it supposed to cure? The advert, naturally, gave the answer, “this combination is particularly useful in La Grippe, Influenza and all Grippal Conditions, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Deep Seated Coughs, Neuroses of the Larynx etc, etc”. 

The Wall Calendar has two Extra special sheets: 1 about the Antikamnia medicine Campaigns ....

 ... and 1 with "Pain Boy", the later legandary Main Character of the satirical Magazine MAD: Alfred E. Neumann! So you can hang the Calendar before December 2019 and can let it hang after February 2021.. if you can stand that weird face :-D  

The Extra Calendar sheet from 1908 (Not drawn by Louis Crusius!) in addition: "It didn't hurt a bit" ( reloaded in the 60ies as "Alfred E. Neumann" for "MAD", the satirical magazine.
The Extra Calendar sheet from 1908 (Not drawn by Louis Crusius!) in addition: "It didn't hurt a bit" ( reloaded in the 60ies as "Alfred E. Neumann" for "MAD", the satirical magazine.
12 of final 20 Funny Bones Characters..
12 of final 20 Funny Bones Characters..

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The Funny Bones Book Calendar. With 150 pages in total 

 Every week on two pages with a monthly overviev. Introduction of every month is an original Funny Bone Drawing and the monthly overview sheet, where you can note Birthdays and other important things on one page. 

THE BOOK SIZE: HARDCOVER // 21,5 X 15,5 CM (A5)

Softtouch Cover with golden Hot Foil Stamping!

  Extra Pages with funny documents of the Antikamnia Advertising Campaigns until 1908! 

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The weird original Antikamnia accessories..

Although the medicine was never patented and wasn’t a prescription drug, the Company marketed it aggressively through direct mailing and promotional products to doctors in the hope that they would be persuaded to recommend it to their patients.   

There were the Funny Bones Calendars, tin cans and other promotional stuff... 

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THE FUNNY BONES POSTER ART PRINTS. SELECT FROM 20 FUNNY BONES CHARACTERS!

 Printed on 200 grams matte Archival paper in Museum Quality.

 All motifs were completely restored and retouched. We deleted the old calendar graphics completely and draw parts of the images completely new and integrated new vintage typography styles to the posters with the original wordings. On some Posters were the original Antikamnia Logos, so we let them like in the original image.. 

The signature of Louis Crusius was obtained on all Calendar pages and Posters. 

Framed Art Prints in white or black Alder, semi-hardwood frame with Acrylite front protector!
Framed Art Prints in white or black Alder, semi-hardwood frame with Acrylite front protector!

The  Art prints 30x40 (framed and unframed) come without white Border! 

Framed Art Prints ( here: 30x40cm ) in white or black Alder, semi-hardwood frame with Acrylite front protector!
Framed Art Prints ( here: 30x40cm ) in white or black Alder, semi-hardwood frame with Acrylite front protector!

 The first 12 completely restored "Funny Bones" Characters. You can make your final choice later. 

SPECIAL POSTER " IT DIDN'T HURT A BIT"

Scanned and retouched from an original Antikamnia Promotion Calendar Card!

EXTRA SPECIAL POSTER "PAIN BOY - IT DIDN'T HURT A BIT" FROM 1908
EXTRA SPECIAL POSTER "PAIN BOY - IT DIDN'T HURT A BIT" FROM 1908

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 THE POSTCARD SET WITH 20 CARDS 10x15 cm  // COMES WITH A NICE CARDBOARD BOX.

The Postcard Box. Example in silver from a previous project.
The Postcard Box. Example in silver from a previous project.

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And last ..but not least.. Thank you all for watching and hopefully backing : )

Thanks for watching!
Thanks for watching!

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Some Backer reviews from previous projects:

“The box in silver  edition is just stunning! The texture of the paper is just perfect for  suggesting the moon's surface. Thanks Tim for this wonderful  project!” / “Very good! And  thanks for including the PDF version with the physical book, it's nice to have  both”/ “Very  good as always”/ “My  books and slipcase came today. They’re absolutely gorgeous”/ “I've  also received my copy. Very well packaged, beautiful  books.” /“Just hanged them  in my medical practice. They look amazing, with a vintage feel. Got many  compliments on them. Thank you!”/ “I  received my prints today. They look great!”/ “I  just got my prints in the mail today. They look amazing! Can’t wait to get them  framed and up on the wall. Thanks!”

 Some former projects of us:

Our Moon-Calendars in different color variations // also planned for 2010
Our Moon-Calendars in different color variations // also planned for 2010
"Posterdesign 1950-1990" // A collection of the best Grafic Design of  Posters worldwide on 180 Pages
"Posterdesign 1950-1990" // A collection of the best Grafic Design of Posters worldwide on 180 Pages
THE SPIRIT "SPLASH PAGES" POSTER & ACCESSORIES
THE SPIRIT "SPLASH PAGES" POSTER & ACCESSORIES

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All images are Public Domain.

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    POSTCARD SET "20 BONES"

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    FUNNY BONES POSTER ART PRINT 30X40CM

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    FUNNY BONES WALL CALENDAR A3

    The Funny Bones Wallcalendar with 14 Months // Dec 2019 - Jan 2021 // 42 x 30cm // Printed on 300 grams heavy Natural Paper with 3 Extra Pages about the Antikamnia Campaigns and the Cover Page. 18 Pages in Total. The back cover is made from heavy cardboard. The Calendar will not have a plastic cover! The spiral is made from metal.

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    FUNNY BONES BOOK CALENDAR A5

    The Funny Bones Book Calendar with 14 Months // Dec 2019 - Jan 2021 // 150 pages in total, with Stitch binding, Head & Tailband. Size: 21,5 x 15 cm // Hardcover with Softtouch and golden Hot Stamp foiling. Printed on 120 grams heavy Natural Paper with funny Extra pages about the Antikamnia Campaigns. Every week on two pages with monthly overview. Monthly page with a Funny Bone drawing and a daily overview for notes like Birthdays on others. Some little Funny Bones appear on the weekly pages. Use the Tailband as your daily bookmark!

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    Wooden Frame Black or White // Select your motif out of 20 stunning Funny Bones Illustrations in Museum Quality. Printed on 200g Archival Paper with solid ink. A framed, enhanced matte poster.

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    EARLYBIRD FB WALL+BOOK CALENDAR

    Grab both Calendars and save 19 Euros! The Wall Calendar AND the Book Calendar for a super special Price + reduced shipping! Only 5 € additional shipping fee. The Calendars are shipped separetely!

    The Funny Bones Book Calendar with 14 Months // Dec 2019 - Jan 2021 // 150 in total, with Stitch binding, Head & Tailband. Size: 21,5 x 15 cm // Hardcover with Softtouch and golden Hot Stamp foiling. Printed on 120 grams heavy Natural Paper with funny Extra pages about the Antikamnia Campaigns. Every week on two pages with monthly overview. Monthly page with a Funny Bone drawing and a daily overview for notes like Birthdays on others.

    The Funny Bones Wallcalendar with 14 Months // Dec 2019 - Jan 2021 // 42 x 30cm // Printed on 300 grams heavy Natural Paper with 3 Extra Pages about the Antikamnia Campaigns and the Cover Page. 18 Pages in Total. The back cover is made from heavy cardboard. The Calendar will not have a plastic cover! The spiral is made from metal.

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