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Published in Lancaster, Pennsylvania by John Baer's Sons, these Agricultural almanacs contained the standard astronomical charts, long range weather predictions, anecdotes, and "Things Worth Knowing."  They also contained at least one interesting feature article as well as small, informational article interspersed throughout the pages.

John Baer (Johannes Bär - 1797-1858) the company was founded in 1817 and they printed their first almanac in English in 1825.  In 1831 he added a second version published in the German language.  It was entitled, "Neuer Gemeinnütziger Pennsylvanischer Calender."

In 1948, Gerald S. Lestz, then a reporter for the Lancaster New Era newspaper, bought the almanac as a side venture.   Mr. Lestz retired from his work as a news, columnist and editorial writer in 1979.  Now at 94 years old (in 2009), he continues to write a weekly column for the Strasburg Weekly News in Lancaster County.  His daughter, Linda Lestz Weidman, manages production and bookkeeping of the almanac.

John Baer's Sons Agricultural Almanacs

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1862 Poor Wrap completely missing.  Main content intact.  Riddled with tiny specks, like fly spots, but throughout the issue.  Feature article entitled "Going to Law."
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1876 Good Surprisingly well preserved.  The centennial of the U.S. issue and interestingly, barely referenced.  34 pages with no advertisements.  Feature article entitled "Treed by Wolves."
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1882 Poor Front cover missing, pages loose, many small crease and edge fragments missing.  Feature article entitled "Peter Freancisco -- A Story of the Revolution."  Only the first page of the feature article intact.  Remaining pages missing.
1883 Poor Complete issue of 34 pages but a significantly different paper used.  Brittle, very much darkened, cracking, etc.  Someone whip-stitched the binding. Needs to be scanned before lost.  Feature article entitled "Rescue of Geo. Washington by Count Pulaski."
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1885 Good 34 pages.  Feature article entitled "A Midnight Ride with a Panther."
1886 Good 34 pages.  A better paper used this issue.  Remained brighter.  A small, 3 x 5 quad fold price list of the Standard Sewing Machine Company of Cleveland, Ohio with the Pittsburg, PA agent of C. C. Emmons printed on the back was found inside.  Perhaps a "blow in" advertisement?  Feature article entitled "The Camel, or the 'Ship of the Desert'."
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1889 Good 34 pages.  Someone whip-stiched the binding.  Feature article entitled "The Carrier-Pigeon Postal Service."
1890 Good 34 pages.  Someone whip-stiched the binding.  Feature article entitled "A tragedy at an Indian Dance."
1891 Poor 34 Pages.  Cover torn in half.  Company address changes from 15 North Queen Street to No. 15-17 North Queen Street."Story of the Revolution" included as the feature article for the year.  Perhaps the Centennial issue was too close to the actual war.
1892 Poor 34 pages.  Back cover torn in half but otherwise intact. Feature article entitled "Simon Kenton's Thrilling Adventures Among the Indians."
1893 Good 34 pages.  Feature article entitled "Patriotism of Mother Bailey."
1894 Good 34 pages.  Feature article entitled "The American Eagle."
1894 Poor Front and back covers missing.  Lots of tears.
1895 Poor Front and back covers missing.  Lots of tears.
1895 Poor Front cover spearated from the back cover loose and torn.  Need to scan remains as soon as possible.  Feature article entitled, "Old Smoke" which was an excerp from Francis Parkman's "The Oregon Trail."
1896 Poor 34 Pages. Front and rear covers missing, pages loose from spine, several pages have closed tears
1896 Good 34 Pages.  Feature article entitled "Baptism of the Indian Princess Pocohontas."
1897 Poor Covers are ripped and have open tears, loose from spine.  Half of back cover missing.
1898 Good 34 pages.  Feature article entitled "The Bull and the Bicycle in Mexico."
1898 Poor Front and back covers missing.  Lots of tears.
1899 Poor Lots of tears.
1899 Good 34 pages.  Paper quite yellowed.  Feature article entitled "The Klondike Gold Fields."  Other monthly articles include, "Tomatoes Under Glass", "Green Manuring", "Tree Planting in Waste Places", "The Value of a Reputation", "Keeping Cider Sweet", "Farm Sanitation", "The Soy Bean", "Potato Philosophy", "The Cultivation of the Chestnut", "Toads", "The Observance of Easter".
1900 Good 34 pages.  Feature article entitled "New Battleship Maine".  Other monthly articles include, "Orchard Manuring", "Testing Tobacco and Seed Oats", "Laying Ducks", "Tomato Leaf Blight", "Corn Shredders", "Young Turkeys", "Farm Beekeeping", "Healthy Potatoes", "Peas for Hogs", "Bone Meal", "Seed Corn", "The Grape Vine", "Winter Composts".
1901 Good 34 pages.  Feature article entitled "The Horrors of War".  Monthly articles include, "Use and Abuse of Fertilizer", "Poultry Yard", "The Twentieth Century", "Testing Seeds Cheaply", "True value of Manure", "Tobacco Experiments", "Apple Raising", "Money from Turkeys", "Wire for Lima Beans", "Making the Most of the Garden", "Keep the Barn in Repair", "Fatten More Cattle", "What of Our Orchards?", "The Labor Problem", "Save the Surplus Fruit", "The Profit in Trees", "Cider Vinegar", "Intelligence Needed", "Wintering Celery", "Feeding Horses".
1902 Excellent 34 pages.  Feature article entitled "Is China's Emperor a Christian?"  Monthly articles include, "To Dress Chicken's", "Traveleing Sheep Pens", "Farmer's Wives", "Thinning Fruit", "Feed the School Children Well", "Feeding Dairy Cows", "A Living From Thirty Acres", "Cost fo Producing Milk", "Hubbardston Apple", "Weakens the Heart (cigarettes)", "Time to Transplant Strawberries", "To Know Good Meat", "Peach Borer", "Children's Hobbies", "Winter Rhubarb".
1902 Good There is a handwritten note on the cover, "This is Harlan's Almanac the year in which he was born Oct. 29, 1902." and then on the October page, "Harlan Raymond Landes was born Oct 29, 1902."  Likely a keepsake from a mother to her new son.
1903 Good 34 pages.  Feature article entitled "A Pigeon Ranch."  Monthly articles include, "True Sure Methods of Destroying the Canada Thistle", "Gain in Cattle", "Influence of the Moon on Timber", "How to Manage Bones", "Cultivation of the Sweet Potato", "The First Printed Book", "Depend on Yourselves", "How to Drive Away Moles", "About Butter", "An Excellent Whitewash", "Cultivation of Parsnips", "The Law of the Road", "Dried or Canned Fruits", "Fall Apples", "The Propet Way to Introduce People", "Fall Planting Trees", "True Meaning of Christmas"
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1905 Good 34 pages.  Feature article entitled "Russian Troops Marching Over the Plains to Manchuria."  Monthly articles include, "the Culture and Value of Asparagus", "Money in Horse Breeding", "The Squab Industry", "Why Men Die", "Calves for the Market", "The Peach Orchard", "Distemper in Cattle", "Raspberries in Hills", "Turkey Raising", "Poultry Pointers", "Cord-Wood in an Acre", "To Get Clean Milk", "Tomato Odor as an Insect Repellant", "How to Grow Strawberries", "Coloring Butter", "Treatment for Sore Feet", "Profits From a Small Flock of Sheep", "Blanketing Horses", "Nut Trees for Timber".
1906 Good 34 pages.  Feature article entitled "A Seedless, Coreless, Bloomless Apple."  Monthly articles include, "Money-Saving Bugs", "The Observance of Easter", "Hot Milk as a Stimulant", "Hauling of Manure", "Freshness of Eggs", "Animals Need Salt", How to Make Koumiss", "the Size of Orchards", "To Relieve a Choking Cow", "Eat More Cheese and Less Beef", "Source of Dutch Wealth", "Dehorning Young Calves", "A Wash for Fruit Trees", "Fly-Repelling Mixture", "To Keep Crows Away", "Horse Colic and Its Cure", "Summer Hints For Horse Keepers", "Value of the Apple Crop", "Bad-Flavors in Eggs", "To Avoid Fires on the Farm", "Milk Fever and Its Prevention", "When Farm Animals Die", "Concrete on the Farm".
1907 Excellent 34 pages.  Feature article entitled "An Adventure With Cougars."  Monthly articles include, "The Feeding Value of Apple Pomace", "Watering Cows in Winter", "The Secret of Long Life", "The Young Fruit Trees", "Sheep in History", "The Old Orchard", "Kerosene for Sheep Dip", "Soaps As Insecticides", "How to Keep Milk Sweet", "A Strengthening Bath", "trees and Lightening", "Notes on Potato Blight", "the Hot Sand Bag", "Sleep Required", "Kitchen Neglect", Fruit at Wholesale".
1908 Excellent 34 pages.  Company changes there description from its past "Publishers, Booksellers and Stationers" to "Printers & Publishers".  Additionally they moved to Nos. 14-16 North Christian Street.  Feature article entitled "Trees, Old and Curious."  Monthly articles include, "To Farm Successfully", "Beans and Corn Frrd", Raspberries for Home Use", "Ideal Barn Floor", "Does Cottonseed Induce Abortion?", "the Cause of Poor Cows", "A Plea for Bird Life", "Land Good For Something", "Onion Eaters Good Humored", "Influence of Soil on Milk", "In Growing Lettuce", "the Kicking Horse", "The Strawberry Bed", The Busy Bee", "Results from Thinning Fruit", "A Popular Food Plant (the tomato)", "Early Rhubarb", "Sweet Corn", "Don't Crowd", "Have Faith in the Farm", "Winter Eggs", "Sunshine in the Stable", "The Influence of Trees", "A Thanksgiving Hymn", "Dressing and Keeping Mutton", "A Christmas Song of Praise".
1909 Good 34 pages.  Feature article entitled "Frog Farming."  Monthly articles include, "The Farm Water", "Mulch in the Feed", "Exposure of Cows", "Tree Labels", "Long Lives and Short", "Where Holsteins Originated", "Parsnips for Market", "Black Locusts", "To Transplant a Pint", "Science and Farming", "Rotating Crops", "Seedless Tomatoes", "The Farmer Boy", "About Footbaths", "Farm Labor", "The Dust Mulch", Fortelling the Weather", "Storing the Onion Crop", "Decaying Vegetable Matter", "Dwarf Fruits", "Feeding for Eggs", "Choking of Animals", "Drying Weather", Managing the Workers", Old Farmers on Old Places", "Fat on the Hog", "Age of Best Work", A Song For Christmas Eve".
1910 Excellent 34 pages.  Feature article entitled "Fire Fighters of the Wilderness".  Monthly articles include, "History of the Baldwin Apple", "The Strawberry", "Asparagus Culture", "Shoe Varnish", "Waterproof Mitts", "Destruction of Insects", "Benzoate in Butter", "The Calendar in Russia", "Clean the Orchard", "How to Preserve Eggs", "Ohms, Amperes and Volts Explained", "Indian Philosophy", "Use Apples Freely", "Cow Feed", "An Apple Orchard", "Manufacturing Paper from Corn Stalks", "Storing Celery", "How to Keep Water Cold", "Care of Young Stock", To Avoid Bowed Legs", "The Legend of the Christmas Tree".
1911 Good 34 pages.  Feature article was dropped and replaced by additional short, informational articles.
1912 Excellent 34 pages.
1913 Good 34 pages.  Went back to poor grade (high acid) paper.
1914 Good 34 pages.  Company changed their description to "Publishers and Proprietors of the German and English Lancaster Almanacs."
1915 Excellent 34 pages.
1916 Good 34 pages.
1917 Good 34 pages.  Address changes to Nos. 227, 229 and 231 North Cherry Street.
1918 Good 34 pages.  Address changes to 227-231 North Cherry Street.
1919 Good 34 pages.  Company changed their description to "Publishers of the Agricultural Almanac, Farmer's Almanac, Housekeeper's Almanac, and Uncle Sam's Comic Almanac."
1920 Excellent 34 pages.
1921 Excellent 34 pages.
1922 Excellent 34 pages.
1923 Good 34 pages.
1924 Excellent 34 pages.  Company changed their description to "Publishers of the World-Famous Agricultural Almanac."
1925 Good 34 pages.
1926 Poor 34 pages.  Cover torn, loose and brittle.  Company moved to "Corner of Market and Grant Streets."
1927 Poor 34 pages.  Back cover torn, loose and brittle.
1927 Good 34 pages.
1928 Good 34 pages.
1929 Good 34 pages.
1930 Good 34 pages.
1931 Good 34 pages.
1932 Good 34 pages.
1933 Good 34 pages.
1934 Good 34 pages.
1935 Excellent 34 pages.
1936 Good 34 pages.
1937 Good 34 pages.
1937 Good 34 pages.
1938 Good 34 pages.
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1941 Poor  
1942 Good  
1943 Good  
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1945 Poor  
1946 Good  
1947 Poor  
1948 Excellent Gerald S. Lestz takes over as the publisher of the almanac.
1949 Poor  
1950 Excellent 36 pages.
1951 Excellent 36 pages.
1952 Excellent 36 pages.
1953 Excellent 36 pages.
1954 Excellent 34 pages
1955 Good  
1956 Good  
1956 Excellent 36 pages.
1957 Good  
1957 Good  
1958 Good 36 pages.
1958 Good  
1959 Good  
1959 Excellent 36 pages.
1960 Excellent 36 pages.
1961 Good 34 pages.
1961 Good 34 pages.
1961 Good 34 pages. Writing inside.
1961 Good 34 pages.
1962 Excellent 36 pages.
1963 Excellent 38 pages.
1963 Good 38 pages. Coffee cup ring on cover, tear on back cover.
1963 Good 38 pages.
1963 Good 38 pages.
1964 Good 38 pages. Wrap separating and torn at seam.
1964 Excellent 38 pages.
1964 Good 38 pages.
1965 Good 38 pages.
1965 Excellent 38 pages.
1965 Good 38 pages.
1966 Good 38 pages.
1966 Good 38 pages.
1966 Good 38 pages.
1967 Excellent 40 pages.
1967 Good 40 pages.
1968 Excellent 96 pages.  Copyright by John Baer's Sons but published by Grosset & Dunlap of New York.  Format change to smaller page size and heavier weight wrap.
1968 Good 96 pages.  Copyright by John Baer's Sons but published by Grosset & Dunlap of New York.  Format change to smaller page size and heavier weight wrap.
1969 Good 96 pages.  Copyright by John Baer's Sons but published by Grosset & Dunlap of New York.
1970 Good 96 pages.  Copyright by John Baer's Sons but published by Grosset & Dunlap of New York.
1971 Excellent 96 pages.  Copyright by John Baer's Sons but published by Grosset & Dunlap of New York.  There is definite commercialization and mimicry of The Old Farmers Almanac in content, advertising sales, and in physical size.
1971 Good 96 pages.  Copyright by John Baer's Sons but published by Grosset & Dunlap of New York.
1972 Good 96 pages.  Copyright by John Baer's Sons but published by Grosset & Dunlap of New York.
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1974 Good 94 pages.  Copyright by John Baer's Sons but published by Grosset & Dunlap of New York.  Printed on really poor quality, high acid paper.
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1980 Good 96 pages.  Copyright by John Baer's Sons but published by Grosset & Dunlap of New York.
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1986 Excellent 96 pages.  Copyright by John Baer's Sons.
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  = In Collection
  = In Collection - Does Not Need Replaced
  = Need
  = Need Replacement

  • Very Good (VG) – Top grade - a nice copy, with all pages present, nice clean covers and no tears or stains noticeable. Looks practically new!

  • Good/Very Good (G/VG) – A complete and clean copy, possibly with minor light cover wear. Any major defects noted.

  • Good (G) – Definitely looks its age, but is a complete copy. Covers may be slightly soiled or creased, and some fraying of the spine edge may be present. Possible small cover edge tears or light stains. Any major defects noted. “Rolled Spine” – Spine edge is curled from being folded back when read.

  • Fair/Good (F/G) – Well read, and not stored well. Wear to the covers, with possible edge tears, stains. Defects often noted.

  • Fair (F) – Readable and complete, but with noted damage.

  • Poor (P) - Pages loose or missing.  Major damage such as insect and water damage, brittleness, tears.  Useful as a space holder in a collection until a better copy is obtained.

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