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CALCULATED ON A NEW AND IMPROVED PLAN, POR THE
YEAR OF OUR LORD
Being second after Bissextile or Leap-Year, and the 50th of
THE INDEPENDENCE OF AMERICA.
Filted to the Latitude and Longitude of the city of Boston, but will
serve without essential variation for the adjacent States.
Containing, besides more than the usual Astronomical Calculations,
a larger Quantity, and greater Variety, than can be found
in any other Almanack,
OF MATTERS CURIOUS, USEFUL AND ENTERTAINING.
BY LUTHER S. BANCROFT, PEPPERELL.
"Catch, then, O catch the transient hour,
Improve each moment as it flies ;
Life’s a short summer--man a flower,
He dies--alas ! how soon he dies !"
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY E. W. REINHART.
FOR SALE BY T. BILLINGS.
[Price $9 per gross, 87 1-2 cents per doz. and
12 1-2 single.]
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An almanac was a calendar, a diary, a weather station, and a magazine all rolled into one. Produced annually, almanacs were the most commonly owned books in the colonial period except for the Bible. Benjamin Franklin noted that his own Pennsylvania Almanac was enormously popular among "the common people, who bought scarcely any other books". Almanacs remained among the most common publications in the 19th century. The woodcuts and accompanying verses from this 1826 edition of Bancroft's Agricultural Almanack focused on the changing seasons and the agricultural tasks that accompanied them. Like many other almanacs, Bancroft's Almanack entertained readers with agricultural hints, pithy economic advice and amusing anecdotes. It listed when courts were in session, major roads and tolls, and stagecoach schedules. It also included a table for calculating interest on money loaned out at six per cent interest, as well as a chart for converting foreign currency into United States dollars and cents.
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"Bancroft's Agricultural Almanack...1826"
| publisher E. W. Reinhart
| creator Luther S. Bancroft (1804-1872)
| date 1826
| location East Chelmsford, Massachusetts
| height 7.5"
| width 4.75"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| item type Books/Almanac
| accession # #L00.029
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