Who started the Almanac?
Why does the almanac cost less for Brits after taking Pound/Dollar conversions and even taking market value fluctuations? Seems like a swift kick in the nether realm when an American company that has been around for over 200 years is giving another country a better deal on their products.
We’re not clear what you mean. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is only sold in the United States and Canada, not in the U.K. We only cover those weather regions and gardening zones. Perhaps you could buy the Almanac on Amazon or with a third-party vendor but we do not have control over their costs.
I got a 1904 edition of George Kittredge's The Old Farmer and His Almanack signed "With compliments" by Horace B Ware. He was the editor of the Farmer's Almanack at that time. Was he interviewed by Kittredge? And were they friends? Thanks
Hello, I'm an American living in Germany, writing a very detail driven 'City Slicker' western taking place in 1881-2. Living here makes it much more difficult to do research.
A Lady, Mrs. Alvord, of the then '1879-83' famous Alvord House Hotel in Denver, (You can see a picture of it in Denver Library's digital section; for a couple of years the best hotel in Denver.) gets her part of the book. I get to throw in the Erie Canal and paddle wheel boats on the Great Lakes. Even get to mention the Ohio Canal. I even have Opera in this western.
Her family the Algers had been in the Salt business of Salina, NY, later incorporated into Syracuse along with the Alvords. Her husband was a farming Alvord. They move to Caldwell, Mo, in 1845, with enough money to set up with prosperous farmers.
I "need" to find out if your Almanac covered Missouri in '45-49. (I do of course have one of your reproduction almanac's. I'd have to dig through my library to find it, but it is a much later date I think.)
She later becomes a '49er, marches back across the country to the east in '58. Then marches to Colorado in '60. Which trumps my Heroine's 90-mile-long Jornada del Muerto (Journey of the Dead) on the Chihuahua trail.
She is one of two pioneer women I cover in the book, the other is Mrs. Augusta Tabor, or the Baby Doe, triangle. I am a fan of Augusta; not of the gold digger.
The 'new' genealogical US Census has been the greatest help, to give me ages, families, and even in the 1850-60 ones how well off the families were.
Denver's City directories gives me the boot maker, and where he lives (and from where he lives how how energetic he was from where he lives over the next decade.) and any one else in town.
Sanborn maps gives me the amount of stories a building had, what a building was made of and how it was shingled. Fashion is of course covered, as is the long wearying death of President Garfield. He could write in Latin and Greek simultaneously. The last of our Log Cabin Presidents.
It appears I've Michenerized this set of three books, without expecting too.
In today's world of blogs, one must be as humanly accurate as possible, or some one will scream I didn't do my research; don't buy that book.
Such as I had to change a 17 Jeweled pocket watch to a 15 jeweled one, in my watch was two years too soon.
So even if the Farmer's Almanac didn't cover Missouri, it would have still been used. However if it did cover the then West of Missouri, Iowa; the three or four words saying so, would 'help' me.
I took the time to learn so much of the 1840-80 potatoes, I now know what an 'Early' is and which were best then; so does my heroine.
Thank you for any help you can give me.
Perhaps that Lady with the 1840, 1853, 1855 Almanac's could be contacted?
I have tried to find a finished book fitting your description. I was wondering do you have it close to completion and could I obtain a copy. I am intrigued at the details I feel it will possess.
Thank you, David Blakley
Hi, Bill, Sorry to say that The Old Farmer’s Almanac did not “cover” Missouri during the period in question. It may, as you suggest, have been read by someone in that area at that time, but circulation/distribution being what it was at that time (scant: usually by peddlers and itinerant salespeople), it was not purposefully sold there. Its content covered/addressed the northeast US at that time. National distribution and content was introduced in the mid-1900s. Good luck with your book!
|I am sure they exist somewhere. I am writing a novel about 1926 and looking for a Farmer's Almanac from that year. Could you please suggest how I could find one?
Hi, Grace: The first place to start is your local library, to see if perhaps they can borrow one on interlibrary loan from your state library or perhaps a university (particularly of the ag type) in your state. You can also find 1926 almanacs (although not ours at this particular time) on Ebay.com. When searching anywhere, remember to search both for “Farmer’s” (like ours) and “Farmers’ ” to get all options. Good luck with your novel—we’ll look forward to reading it!
We were cleaning out our family home and found 3 farmers almanacs 1840,1853,1855 Boston editions and they all have a wooden attachment to the binder with a circle cut out in the middle near the top. Similar to a wooden spoon but with a whole in the middle. We are thinking this may be the edition that hung at the family's general store. I was wondering if you are familiar with this wooden attachment to the farmers almanac
Hi, Terri, Thanks for sharing this. It’s not something that we are familiar with. It sounds very clever and may be some sort of custom attachment. Thanks for tell us about it!