I have every single desk calendar, since the first one in 1990. That’s 25. A quarter century’s worth.
They’re stacked in a box. I don’t look at them much anymore, except to try to track down a photo to scan. But I’ll keep buying them for completist’s sake. Who knows, I may be sitting on some kind of eBay goldmine.
The first two were called “diaries.” Perhaps that didn’t sound masculine enough, because from 1992-2002 they were called “desk calendars,” and since then simply “calendars.”
Kathy Ireland and Marisa Miller are tied for first for the most desk calendar covers at three apiece. Kathy has 1991, 1994, and 1997. Marisa is the Christie Brinkley/Elle Macpherson of desk calendars, with three consecutive covers from 2007 to 2009.
For her part, the real Elle Macpherson has two covers (1992 and 1995), tying her with Heidi Klum (1999, 2000), Bridget Hall (2003, 2005), and Brooklyn Decker (2010, 2011).
Four times in history has the cover girl of the swimsuit issue been the cover girl of the associated (i.e., following year’s) calendar. Elle was on the cover of the 1994 issue and the 1995 calendar. Heidi did the same in 1998/1999, Marisa has 2008/2009, and Brooklyn has 2010/2011.
Another four times, the cover model of the calendar then appeared on that same year’s issue. Vendela did in in 1993, Kathy in 1994, Marisa in 2008, and Brooklyn Decker in 2010.
Six rookies have made the desk calendar cover. Vendela (1993 calendar), Manon (1996), Niki Taylor (1998), Heidi (1999), Bridget (2003), and Alyssa Miller (2012).
Three models made the cover their final years in the issue: Elle (1995 calendar)*, Kathy (1997), and Marisa (2009).
*Not counting the 2006 all-star issue.