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Summer Wanes ~

August 30, 2018

Folks from days gone by grew weary of the summer heat and anticipated the arrival of autumn -- and philosophized the character of humanity  ~

  

SECRET PHILOSOPHY ~

"None are so fond of secrets,

as those who do not mean to keep them;

such persons covet secrets

as a spendthrift covets money

for the purpose of circulation."

 

                                                         ~Unknown

 

 

Excerpt from The Illinois Farmer's Almanac

September ~ 1840

ILLINOIS FARMER'S ALMANAC

SEPTEMBER~ 1840

 

Click  image to see a PDF of this page from the 1840 edition of 

"The Illinois Farmer's Almanac" you can zoom as large as you desire. 

 

 

AUGUST remembered ~

 

"Memory believes before knowing remembers."  

 

~William Faulkner

"Light in August" 

 

 

 

Next, the Old Farmer's Almanac(k)s of September . . .

 

SEPTEMBER ~ 1818

Click  image to see a PDF of this page from the 1818 edition of 

"The Old Farmer's Almanack" you can zoom as large as you desire

 

OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC ~ 1819

 Click  image to see a PDF of the cover of the 1819 edition of 

"The Old Farmer's Almanack" you can zoom as large as you desire

 

SEPTEMBER ~ 1819

 

Click  image to see a PDF of this page from the 1819 edition of 

"The Old Farmer's Almanack" you can zoom as large as you desire

 

 Let's time jump one century hence . . .

 

OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC ~ 1919

Click  image to see a PDF of the cover from the 1919 edition of 

"The Old Farmer's Almanac" you can zoom as large as you desire

 

SEPTEMBER ~ 1919

Click  image to see a PDF of this page from the 1919 edition of 

"The Old Farmer's Almanac" you can zoom as large as you desire

 

"Of Autumn moneths September is the prime,

Now day and night are equal in each Clime,

The twelfth of this Sol riseth in the Line,

And doth in poizing Libra in this month shine.

 

The vintage now is ripe, the grapes are prest,

Whose lively liquor oft is curs'd and blest;

For nought so good, but it may be abused,

But it's a precious juice when well it's used."  

~Mrs. Anne Bradstreet. 

from 1919  Old Farmer's Almanac

 

And now a touch of humor from "The Old Farmer's Almanac 2018" . . .

 

Brief Season

 

On the door of the The Old Farmer's Almanac building, high up in the hills of Dublin, N.H., where snows lie long into the spring, is posted a cartoon showing an elderly native talking to a visitor.  The drifts are piled deep and the stormy winds blow.  Both characters are well muffled up.

 

"I understand," the visitor is saying, "that you have a very short summer here . . ."

"Yup," says the old-timer, "sure do. Last year, 'twas on a Thursday."

 

Thanks to The Old Farmer's Almanac for making these old treasures of wisdom available to us today!

 

 

 

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