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Beadle's Dime Year Book and Almanac

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.

Fig. 147
Fig. 147, 1866-67

Standard Size, ca. 6 1/8 x 4½ inches



New York Tribune, "Ready this day."


Ibid., "Out this morning."

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