Why Is There a Hole in The Old Farmer's Almanac?

Get the Hole Story!

September 9, 2021

Why do we punch a hole in the corner of The Old Farmer’s Almanac? This is a common question that comes up this time of year! Almanac editor Heidi Stonehill gives us the “hole” story!

There is a hole drilled in the top left-hand corner of the paperback Old Farmer’s Almanac. Every wondered why? When did it start? And what do we do with the punched-out holes? These are deep questions.

It began in the late 1700s, when we made our earliest Almanacs. Readers discovered how useful the Almanac was in their daily lives and wanted it close at hand. So, it was a simple matter of taking a nail, punching a hole through the Almanac, tying a string around it, and then hanging it up in a handy spot, such as the barn or kitchen, or even the outhouse.


Then, about 100 years ago, after the technology became available, The Old Farmer’s Almanac had these holes put in commercially, to make it easier for our readers. So today, people still hang the Almanac up in their barn or kitchen, and even in their bathroom.

Then, after all the almanacs are printed, we’re left with nearly 400 million teeny tiny little pieces of paper.

That’ a lot of paper—which we do get recycled. (Although, they would make great confetti!)

So, the hole will allow you to put a string through the Almanac, and put it around your belt and take it to the garden; you can attach it to your backpack; or tie it around your telescope. In fact, you can take it just about anywhere!

Note: It’s the classic Old Farmer’s Almanac paperback, such as found at the newsstand, which features the hole. We also produce a hardcover edition and put no hole in it, of course. And we do a “softcover” version (same paper inside as the hardcover) that does not have a hole in the corner because it is too thick to punch. 

We hope you enjoyed this Almanac trivia—and would love to hear where you put your Almanac!

P.S. You can find a copy of this year’s Old Farmer’s Almanac on Amazon, in our own Almanac Web store, and at your local retail store. See where to buy in your area!



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The Hole Story

I used to hang the Almanac in the kitchen, like old times. The last few years I've been buying the bookstore edition. The extra information is worth the loss of the hole, even if it seems almost sacrilegious -- in fact, unhole-y.

hole in Almanac

In the outhouse, if you hang it up, the next person can read it. In the case of the Sears catalog also taken to the outhouse with NO
hole, if you run out of tissue, guess what the pages were used for?

The "holeless" almanac solution

For those of you needing to hang a holeless version of the almanac, just use some sturdy twine or string. Place it between the pages in about the center of the almanac against the binding like a bookmark. Loop it up the outside of the binding and tie the ends of the string together to make a hanging loop.

Hole in Almanac

I must be doing something wrong when I order my almanac.... 2016 - 2017 and now 2018....none of them have a hole..... so "where's the hole"????

Almanac hole

The Editors's picture

The classic Almanac paperback at the newsstand ($6.99) is the one that gets a hole. If you bought this and it has no hole, we can inquire of the production people.

We also produce a hardcover edition and put no hole in it, of course. And we do a “softcover” hardcover version (same paper inside as the hardcover) that does not have a hole in the corner because it is too thick to punch. The latter version is priced at $9.95 (the hardcover is $15.95.). 

Hole in the Almanac

I hang my copy of the Almanac on a string on the bulletin board in the kitchen just like my Grandpa did, and after he passed away, my Mom did the same thing. So of course I have to carry on the tradition. But it's not just a tradition. It's full of useful information and I use it almost everyday.

hole in the "book"

We keep our trusted book of knowledge, (anybody remember that series?) inside the door pocket of our dear baby blue VW bug convertible. Comes in handy when the back roads are really and truly dead ends and my husband is looking through the atlas trying to figure a way out. Me, i'm enjoying my "book of knowledge" and smiling......

The Hole in the Almanac

What a charming video. Loved the presenter. Now, I know the reason for the hole.
Thank you.

Janet Kalmadge


Any video or audio played in class in California is required to be captioned or scribed. I have used your material as a resource and the comments below prompted me to inform you.

Need text for videos

I am hearing impaired. Videos are hard for me to understand and sometimes the captions don't work. Please show the text below the video so I can read the article instead and don't miss out on your amazing facts and stories! Been a loyal reader for years so I already knew about the hole. Thank you!

video text

The Editors's picture

Thank you for your feedback! The text is now available for readers who prefer that format.
We’re so glad that you are enjoying the Almanac! Thank you for your support!

Bring Back the Hole!

The slick-covered copy you've sent me the last couple of years has no hole. I know you think of it as an upgrade for being a long-term subscriber, but I prefer the old one. I HAD it hanging on a nail, and I can't do that anymore. It's also a little bigger and harder to hold.

Please put your videos on you

Please put your videos on you tube or pdf downloads so those of us who are ipad users can watch them. Thanks, I love the almanac.

Hi Eli'sMimi, We do have a

The Editors's picture

Hi Eli'sMimi, We do have a youtube channel. Here's a link to "The Hole Story" video if that makes it easier to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZI2Aanig1A

My grandma used to hang her

My grandma used to hang her copy on the wall in the kitchen - right next to her sewing machine. :)

Very cute video! I knew about

Very cute video! I knew about the outhouse, but I didn't know about the other locales. :-P I just embedded this video in my blog. :-)

I LOVE 'The Old Farmers

I LOVE 'The Old Farmers Almanac'...I keep my copy,,in ,, you guessed it, the bathroom...shhh, don't tell everyone!!
Anyway...we all love it here in our house..it make good reading, in , well all places..:) I also use MY copy in the kitchen. I love all of the recipes..from 'days gone by' a lot of the time...thank you 'old farmer's Almanac'..<3<3<3!

I am 74 years old and have

I am 74 years old and have bought a copy of the Old Farmer's Almanac since, I think, 1949. Haven't missed a copy yet.

Vincent, Thank you for

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Vincent, Thank you for sharing. We are honored. Your obedient servants, The Old Farmer's Almanac.

70 years of buying the Farmer's Almanac

Did you truly buy the Farmer's Almanac when you were 4 years old? I think you are a wonderful loyal customer.

Earlier this year, I saw an

Earlier this year, I saw an advertisement for an online/digital version of The Old Farmer's Almanac. Will there be such a version for the 2011? Cost?

Hi, Loren, A digital edition

Catherine Boeckmann's picture

Hi, Loren, A digital edition of The Old Farmer's Almanac is now available.  See the Almanac page for both paper and digital options here: http://www.almanac.com/store/almanacs


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