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Three Old Almanacks - Poor Richard Revived 1911, Henry Ford Farm Almanac and Fact Book 1936, Farmers 1960 - Treasury Item

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Farmer's Almanacs, with their quaint and complex-seeming ephemerides are still with us, but not in the quantity and variety that they used to be. In the past it would have been hard to find a farm house that did not have several of these colorful yearly productions. it would have been impossible to find a drug store that did not stock them Many companies used almanacs as promotional advertising. Here are three old Almanacs spanning from early in the twentieth century to just past mid-century.

They are: "Poor Richard Revived", 1911 - Published by the Wilmer Atkinson Company in Philadelphia. This was based on Benjamin Franklin's historical publication, and has numerous line drawings of an old-fashioned nature. A little rough on the exterior, with weathering, spotting, smudging and a bit of light, near-negligible damp-staining (and there one small spot of white paint or ink on the front) - clean on the interior. This almanac still has a string attached so that it could be hung up for easy access. this was standard for alamanacs.

"The Ford Farm Almanac and Facts Book" for 1936. This was issued by the Ford Motor Company. Aside from the basic almanac and ephemeris, the booklet contains useful home tips about emergencies, gardening and thrift, patriotic texts and promotional material about Henry Ford and his automobile company ("The Ford Way of Work, Wages & Wealth" - "Our Country" - "Greenfield Historical Village" - "The Heart of a World-wide Industry" - "Edison Museum and Institute"- "Facts and Figures for Farmers and Businessmen"). There are lots of small line drawings - many of them depicting Ford cars and trucks. This is basically clean - there is a strange imperfection to the front cover and several of the first few pages - it almost looks like a tiny explosion from within - or as if some bookworm had tried to kick his way out of the book - lol - But these pages are complete, it is more a curiosity! - and the book is clean

"The Old Farmer's Almanac" by Robert B. Thomas - This is the almanac that everybody thinks of today. It's still going, but, I wager, a different person is putting it together. This 1960 edition claimed to be issued in the 168th continuous year of publication. Some handsome photographs, quaint line drawings and lots of nifty vintage advertising in this. Basically clean and presentable inside and out.




Three Old Almanacks - Poor Richard Revived 1911, Henry Ford Farm Almanac and Fact Book 1936, Farmers 1960 - Treasury Item


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