In the first half of the nineteenth century, most of the population was engaged in agriculture, and inside the Almanac are small wood engraved scenes representing the cyclical tasks of life on the land. These “labors of the months” have been a popular illustration convention since the middle ages. In the 1845 Farmers and Mechanics Almanac, the engraving for February shows the cutting of wood and a man ice skating (figure 18), July shows harvesting wheat (figure 19) and and August shows men spreading manure on the fields.

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