Published for the first time in 1828 by John Christian Blum, BLUM'S ALMANAC is the oldest continually published magazine in the state. Blum was born in Bethabara in 1784 and later moved to Salem with his family. He was an agent for the Cape Fear Bank in Salem in 1827, when a fire destroyed the bank's treasury. Forced to seek new employment, Blum turned to printing. The content and format have remained the same through the years, including items like sun risings and settings, household and health hints, farming help, and proverbs on moral precepts. Circulation today is 500,000 copies, with 20,000 subscriptions.