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The History of Whitackers Almanacks
Developments and Changes

The following information was extracted with the help of fellow collector John Harrison.

DATE COST PAGES
INFORMATION
1869  
373
1st edition - index of 1100 entries published 10th December 1868, at 10 Warwick Square.
1870  
356
Moved to 12 Warwick Lane (remained there for 70 years) A delightful section 'A Key to the Calender'.
1871      
1872      
1873 £0.05
322
3rd January 1872, Brigham Young arrested for murder.
1874 £0.05
320
International Exhibition at Kensington.
1875  
320
Benjamin Disraeli Prime Minister.
1876  
320
Mr Gladstone finally relinquished leadership of the Liberal party.
1877  
320
Joseph Whitaker wrote 'beyond trifling alterations and additions the only improvement was to make the book more perfect!'.
1878 £0.10
384
An 1878 copy was placed beneath 'Cleopatra's Needle'.
1879      
1880  
 384
Intestate Estates - how distributed (p222).
1881 £0.10
400
Editor stated every section and every paragraph, 'is full to overflowing'.
1882 £0.10   (shorter edition)
1883 £0.10
464
'The Tract for the Times', and their authors.
1884 £0.10
456
Whitaker wrote 'the scope of the Almanack has widened and its pages have increased in number; the limit has now been reached'.
1885 £0.10
472
Contains the 'Historic Peerage'.
1886 £0.10
484
House of Commons elected in november 1885 under the new Reform Bill.
1887 £0.13
632
Much enlarged, cover Queen Vicoria's Golden Jubilee.
1888  
672
'You'll find it in Whitaker's, a household proverb - whenever information is required.
1889  
704
'Cycle a rapid means of locomotion in times of war'.
1890  
724
231 criminals - 'wipped or fined'.
1891  
728
A chronological record of Applied Electricity ends with these sentences. 'No fairy dream could surpass the wonders of the present age. All this is the work of the last half century. Who can tell what another century will bring!'
1892  
728
Educationally, 'this country is now literally - rolling in the lap of luxury'.
1893  
728
Contains an article on the hundreth anniversary of the French Revolution.
1894  
744
Summaries of Friendly Societies, Naval Disasters, Vital Statistics etc.
1895  
744
Joseph Whitaker died. Succeeded as Editor by his son Cuthbert Whitaker (until 1950). Article on canals and navigation.
1896  
744
First use of a preface instead of an advertisment used by the editor to inform readers of changes etc.
1897  
760
List of Fairs entirely recast. Long article on Queen Victoria's reign.
1898  
776
Army and Navy estimates presented in tabular form.
1899  
776
This edition contains a very useful index to former articles which have appeared in this Almanack since its institution (1869).
1899 - 1902 BOER WAR
1900  
776
Some new maps included; Petersburg to Peking railway; Suez to Shanghai and the Cape to Cario line. Almanack now printed by William Clowes of Beccles.
1901  
776
Contains an 'epitomised history of thr 19th century'.
1902 £0.13
776
Contains 143 pages of advertiseing.
1903 £0.13
792
Articles include; wireless telegraphy; the Great Siberian Railway and Jury service.
1904 £0.13
792
Contains a three page index to previous issues. Includes a political history of the world.
1905 £0.13
792
Bankers' edition. Editor ventures the view  that the Almanack, 'many now regard as a national institution'.
1906 £0.13
794
Contains a directory of Towns and Counties of England and Wales.
1907 £0.13
794
Contains a section on the 'Growth of travelling facilities in London'.
1908 £0.13
792
Statement on the 'Cost of Old Age Pensions'.
1909 £0.13
792
Progress of the Motor Industry.
1910 £0.13
792
Articles on; aerial navigation, the Children's Charter and the opening up of the Southern Congo.
1911 £0.13
792
Contains an Index to former issues.
1912 £0.13
858
New articles on; aviation, the Suez Canal etc.
1913 £0.13
858
'International Whitaker' published, details on page v.
1914 - 1918 GREAT WAR
1914 £0.13
891
Featured in a Sherlock Holmes story, 'The Valley of Fear'.
1915 £0.13
890
Immediate origins of the 'Great War'.
1916 £0.13
858
'Trading with the Enemy'.
1917 £0.18
858
See pages 859 - British Empire Industries.
1918      
1919 £0.30
794
Contains a double page map showing the Racial divisions of Europe. Also a map of Mesopotamia, and an article on the proposed Channel Tunnel.
1920 £0.30
794
Contains a section on 'British Industries'.
1921 £0.39
970
Table of 'Administations from 1804-1920'.
1922 £0.30
898
Outline of History from BC10,000 to AD1921.
1923 £0.30
904
London City Council elected body.
1924 £0.30
920
Article by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, page 476.
1925 £0.30
939
'The British Empire Exhibition', in London.
1926 £0.30
888
'Bee-Keeping', Noah's Ark, 'Hospital Funds'.
1927 £0.30
896
Concise Edition, with paper covers, first published.
1928 £0.30
916
'British and Indian Railways', 'Storms and Floods'.
1929 £0.30
932
'Capricornus now appears in his true shape as a marinemonster'. (An erroneous drawing on the Title page and in the Calender for 60 years!).
1930 £0.30
928
In response to many requests, 'WHITAKER'S published in the first week of December, to make it available as a Christmas or New Year gift.
1931 £0.30
960
First edition to include over 1000 pages of edititorial matter. 'Women in Parliament'.
1932 £0.30
980
Index enlarged to 140 columns and upwards of 20,000 references.
1933 £0.30
1008
Contains list of Nobel Prize Winners.
1934 £0.30
1000
Publication of interesting figures of comparative growth of the various sections.
1935 £0.30
1000
Editors notes, 'maintains old friendships and increases its readers among adolescents of both sexes'.
1936 £0.30
1014
Silver Jubilee of George the Vth chronicled.
1937 £0.30
1064
Contains a portrait of King Edward VIII and fill coverage of this Coronation.
1938 £0.30
1088
Records the Abdication of Edward VIII and the Coronation of George the VI.
1939 £0.30
1096
Articles on Television, Gliding, Stratosphere Flight, etc.
1939 - 1945 WORLD WAR
1940 £0.35
1136
Years weather, science literature, films etc.
1941 £0.50
992
In December 1940 heavy incendiary air-raids destroyed all records in Warwick Lane and Cuthbert Whitaker's resources library. Winston Churchill concerned at non-appearance, but was reassured!.
1942 £0.50
1024
Resetting and modernising of type after 70 years.
1943 £0.50
1040
Government by Party from 1932 copy, updated.
1944 £0.50
1024
Cuthbert Whitaker's 50th Almanack, Bernard Shaw offered some suggestions.
1945 £0.50
1084
Publication delayed due to 'many difficulties'. Britain's war effort. Home Guard.
1946 £0.63
1088
Covers Chronicle of whole of the war.
1947 £0.63
1100
Contains a reveiw of the Weather from 1939 to 1946.
1948 £0.63
1092
Daily met. Observations restored (absent since 1939).
1949 £0.63
1124
Don Bradman knighted. Table of atomic Weights.
1950 £0.63
1124
Tom Tatham became editor (until 1981).
1951 £0.63
1156
Festival of Britain. Reverted to pre-war practice of publishing in December.
1952 £0.75
1156
Contains the General Election Suppliment.
1953 £0.75
1174
Coronation of Elizabeth II. First coloured pictues in Almanack (Queen).
1954 £0.75
1190
First inclusion of 16 page black and white photographs.
1955 £0.75
1190
Advertisment in black type on back green cover.
1956 £0.87
1190
Advertisment in gold type on back green cover.
1957 £0.92
1190
List of Public Houses open to visitors.
1958 £0.92
1190
Schemes for Motorways and Tunnels.
1959 £0.92
1188
Diary of events including a section on sport.
1960 £1.05
1188
First edition to have a Dust Jacket.
1961 £1.05
1191
Restoration after many years of the full month by month record of the previous years weather.
1962 £1.05
1189
Included a list of Museums and Galleries.
1963 £1.25
1205
Article on the National Parks.
1964 £1.25
1205
Memorable Cricket Test series - England and West Indies.
1965 £1.25
1204
Includes a list of Annual Reference Books.
1966 £1.25
1204
Death of Winston Churchill.
1967 £1.25
1204
Abolition of the Death Penalty.
1968 £1.37
1222
100th edition. Largest ever produced. Three times its original size. Over 20,000 index entries. Introduced sketch maps and Topics of the Day.
1969 £1.37
1222
Last year of Whitaker's Advertisments at the back of Book.
1970 £1.50
1220
Man's First Landing on the Moon recorded. (1969).
1971 £1.75
1220
Decimal Currency offical currency as from 14 February 1971.
1972 £2.00
1220
Regrouping of Government Offices.
1973 £2.25
1220
Crown Courts established.
1974 £2.25
1220
Contains a number of new and entirely recast articles.
1975 £2.50
1220
Two General Elections in1974.
1976 £3.50
1220
Queen visited Greenwich Observatory - of particilar interest to the Almanack!
1977 £4.50
1220
Queen opened the Olympic Games in Montreal. (1976).
1978 £5.20
1220
1977 Silver Jubilee of the Queen's Accession.
1979 £5.75
1220
New section on Education added to Events of the year page.
1980 £6.80
1220
Addition of a section on Churches.
1981 £8.20
1196
the first edition to be typset by computer - also 6mm taller than all previous editions. Richard Blake becomes editor (1986).
1982 £9.00
1220
Royal Wedding and American Space Shuttle.
1983 £9.90
1220
No calender printed on front cover. Blank lower half.
1984 £11.00
1220
Information of Almanack printed in gold on front cover.
1985 £11.95
1220
UK Elections to the European Parliament.
1986 £12.95
1220
Exceptional year for sport. Hilary Marsden became Editor.
1987 £13.95
1236
Friendly and Building Society Section.
1988 £15.95
1236
Article on the Stock Market rewritten.
1989 £16.50
1168
New Index, moved to the back of the book.
1990 £17.95
1184
Weights and Measures section contains SI units.
1991 £19.95
1184
Change of lettering on the spine of book.
1992 £22.50
1184
Last of the green covers and red spines (124th edition) Almanacks.
1993  £25.00
1280
125th edition, completely redesigned Almanack. All red binding with an attractive Dust jacket. Larger in size - taller by 4cms. Outstanding line maps and coloured photographs. Extracts from First Edition, pages 1096-1099.
1994 £25.00
1280
Countries of the world section expanded to include all former Soviet and Yugoslav Republics.
1995 £25.00
1280
My first copy! Bought by my 89 year old mother. Opening of the Channel Tunnel.
1996 £30.00
1280
European Union now constitutes a separate section.
1997  £35.00
1280
National Lottery and rewrite of Legal notes.
1998  £35.00
1280
Deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Mother Teresa. Almanack published for the first time by the Stationary Office.
1999 £35.00
1280
New section on the National Health. 16 coloured physical maps of the world replaced the 16 photographs section.
2000 £40.00
1292
Devolution of Scotland and Wales. Lauren Hill new Editor.
2015 £50.00
1182
Last edition to have a Dust Jacket.
2016 £75.00
1182
Full colour printed cover added.