August 4th,  Ephemera

The Night Sky on August 4, 1892

Mr. Ayers was the kingpin of patent medicines in the mid-Victorian era.  Lowell, Massachusetts was the center of his far-reaching enterprise and his annual almanac publication was seen in the kitchen and privies of New England homes for decades, usually hanging on a nail by a piece of string.   August 4th shows the sunrise at 4:55 a.m., sunset at 7:15 p.m in the far right Massachusetts column.  Alice Russell was right about one thing- anyone tampering with the Borden’s milk can on the north side steps would have been seen at 5 a.m., provided someone was looking!  The full moon was on the 8th, which would have shone over the holding tomb containing the bodies of Abby and Andrew Borden.

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