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An almanac, (derived from the Greek word almenichiaka, which means calendar) is an annual publication that includes information such as weather forecasts, farmers' planting dates, tide tables, and tabular information often arranged according to the calendar. They also contained astronomical information including the times of the rising and setting of the sun and moon, and also eclipses. The first annual American almanac was published by the physician and almanac maker Nathaniel Ames (July 22, 1708 – July 11, 1764), from 1725 – 1775, after Ames death the almanac was published by his son also named Nathaniel Ames. Very popular during the 18th century, Ames Almanack also was available alongside Benjamin Franklin’s ‘Poor Richard's Almanack’. Ames circulation reached 60,000, and Franklin’s 10,000. The same format used in Ames' Almanack was implemented by the ‘Old Farmer's Almanac’ the popular annual publication in existence since 1792.


Ames Almanack: 1761.

  • Small prints on antique style paper, mounted to actual antique salvaged wood,  and hung with twine. 3.5" x 4.5"


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