Item 2007.006.15.010 - Ayer's American almanac, for the use of farmers,...

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Ayer's American almanac, for the use of farmers,...

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  • Attributions and conjectures: Formal title as written on object. The rest of the title follows… planters, mechanics, mariners, and all families.

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  • 1870 (Creation)
    Ayer, J. C. (James Cook)

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1 book ; 19.5 x 12.5 cm

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He trained as a pharmacist and doctor, and became wealthy by selling patent medicines such as 'Ayer's Sarsaparilla.' He owned stock in textile mills, railroads, and newspapers, and funded the American Woolen Company, helmed by his brother Frederick, which became the largest manufacturer of woolens in the United States. The town of Ayer, Massachusetts is named for him, though the residents of the town held a public burning of his effigy after he ran for Congress in 1874. He died in an insane asylum in 1878.

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Thin, paper bound almanac with prediction tables for each month in 1870. The publisher affirms its accuracy for use in North America and Britain. Along the spine is printed the name of the distributor: Northrop & Lyman, Newcastle, General Agents for Province of Ontario.

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Poor. The booklet is very fragile, with a loose and flaking cover.

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  • English

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