Further Proof that Ben Franklin was ‘da man’! Poor Richard’s Almanack (sometimes written Almanac) was first published on December 19, 1732 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was a monthly periodical consisting of a collection of puzzles, weather forecasts and other amusements, including practical household hints. Think Lifehacker. He published the almanac under the name Richard Saunders or Poor Richard from 1732 until 1758. The monthly publication was hugely popular selling over 10,000 copies a year.