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Details from cover and calendar page
of John Christian Blum's Almanac, 1838.
Calendar page format is nearly
identical to present-day editions.
Collection of Goslen Printing Company
Blum’s Farmers’ & Planters’ Almanac has been continuously published since it was first printed in 1828 by John Christian Blum, in his home on Main Street in the Moravian town of Salem. Today the Blum House in Old Salem is open to visitors and displays Blum's original printing press, as well as early print type found during archaeology at the Blum House lot.
The Goslens, a Moravian family with deep roots in the Winston-Salem community and in printing, purchased the rights to Blum’s Almanac in the 1920s and continue its publication today. Goslen Printing Company celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2012.
With their calendar of lunar cycles, almanacs have played an integral role in the lives of farmers and planters for countless generations. One need only spend a day at the beach and observe the rise and fall of the tides to appreciate the power of the moon.
As Nobel Prize winner for Physics (1923),
Dr. Robert A. Millikan remarked:
"I do know that if man is not affected
in some way by the planets, sun and moon,
he is the only thing on earth that is not."
(from Raising with the Moon,
Jack Pyle and Taylor Reese, 1993).
Buy your 2014 almanac now!
Blum’s Farmers’ & Planters’ Almanac and many other wonderful garden publications may also be purchased at
at T. Bagge Merchant
in Old Salem
626 S. Main St.
600 South Main St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101