Victory Calendar

Category:  Civilian Life

Victory Calendar

This little calendar, ideal for a wallet or purse, was sold by Castlegate Methodist Church in Thirsk during its annual Gift Day and Concert in the summer of 1943. It cost two pence (roughly 1p in decimal currency today). Despite the name and the letter ‘V’ on the front, it was to be another year and nine months before the war in Europe came to an end.

Exhibit data

Museum number:



25th August 1943

Approx. size:

58 x 76 mm folded
(2¼ x 3 in)

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Inside is a message from King George VI: “We can only do the right, as we see the right, and reverently commit our cause to God – may He bless and keep us all.”

The back of the calendar states, “The best Christian is a perfect gentleman”. Note the distinctive border, especially along the top and bottom edges. Three small notches are followed by one large notch, similar to three dots and a dash in Morse code – V for Victory.