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An almanac is a book or table containing a calendar, astronomical and navigational data, religious holidays, historical notes, proverbs, and astrological and agricultural forecasts. The most famous early American almanac was Poor Richard's Almanac written by Benjamin Franklin. In 1766 his almanac sold 141,257 copies.In 17th and 18th century America, the almanac sold more copies than any other book in print.
The Old Farmer's Almanac was created by Robert Bailey Thomas in 1792, and it is still published yearly. The Old Farmer's Almanac was originally published for use by farmers in managing their crops, but now is used by ordinary people and also contains entertaining short stories, good cooking, fun, facts, forecasts, timely household tips, calendars for fishing, gardening and more.