APPARENTLY only two Yearbooks were issued, one in 1866 and one in 1867. The
first appeared November 9, 1865,(1) and the second December 6, 1866,(2)
both published by Beadle & Co., 118 William Street. The complete title of the
first volume is Beadle's Dime Year Book and Almanac for 1866. A Compendium
of Information for Every Man's Use (Fig. 147).
In the second volume the explanatory title is omitted. The booklets are much
like the almanacs issued at the present time by various newspapers, and contain
miscellaneous information. In the volume for 1866, for example, there are an
almanac, postal rates, stamp duties, interest laws, area, population, etc. of
the states, national debt, constitution of the United States, etc. The first
volume has 100 pages without advertisements except on the orange wrappers; the
volume for 1867 has 95 pages plus five pages of advertisements, including advertisements
of the New York Tribune, the Scientific American, the Great American
Tea Company, yeast powder, sewing machines, and Humphreys' Homeopathic Specifics,
an unusual variety for Beadle. The booklets are 6 3/8 by 4 1/8 inches, bound
in orange wrappers with stabbed binding. Besides the regular heading with the
cut of the reverse of a dime, there is a cut of a globe with the words "Year
Book and Almanac" across it. There were no illustrations in the book.
Identical copies except for the advertisements on both sides of the back cover
and with a buff instead of an orange wrapper, occur.