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Mark Simonson

January 19, 2013

Phinneys of Cooperstown used unique marketing methods


In 1854, Henry Phinney moved to New York to form Ivison & Phinney. The name Phinney remained on almanacs for several more years, despite the succession of the Phinney & Co. operation in Buffalo by another company.

According to The Oneonta Herald of Oct. 20, 1887, “The publication of the Phinney almanac is to be discontinued. There was a time when this almanac was about the only ‘reading matter’ to be found in many households in this and adjoining counties.”

On Monday: A bit of our local life and times in January 1978.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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