The Almanac: the iPhone of Early America

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Mon, Oct 25th, 2010 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Almanac, the second publication to come off the first American press in 1639, was the iPhone of yesteryear, opines historian Molly McCarthy.

Like an iPhone, the almanac was portable, slim enough to slip into a pocket or lady's reticule. It was a calendar, a collection of essays, a rudimentary calculator, a political commentator, a timepiece, a local directory and even a diary. It was all that and more.

And just like the iPhone -- even if its features were characteristically low-tech -- the almanac had many applications and could be different things to different people.

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