Planets and People (Year-Book of the Heavens) (see also ‘Planets and People’ under magazines listing for 1897 for part of the shorter-lived monthly magazine run of the same title)

Full title:

  • Planets and People: the Great Year-Book of the Heavens – All About the Stars for [18XX]: Mysteries from the Sun (1896 issue)
  • [Facts of Science] Planets and People: Ormsby’s Forecasts for [19XX]: Will It Be a Good Year for You? Advance Information for All the People’ (front cover title) / ‘Planets and People: Ormsby’s Annual Prognosticator and Year-Book of the Heavens: A Forecast of the Future Relating to the Business World in All of its Varied Aspects, Containing Practical Information for the Family, the Trader, the Sailor, the Farmer, the Traveler, the Student, the Laborer, the Physician, the Astronomer, the Preacher, the Surgeon, the Astrologer; Lessons for Young and Old Relating to Life, Health, Business[,] Politics, Religion and Education’ (inner title) (1923 issue)

Editor: Ormsby, F. E. (all issues)

Publication credits:

  • F. E. Ormsby, Royal Insurance Building, 169 Jackson Street, Chicago, Ill., copyrighted 1895 (1896 issue)
  • Published by Pyramid Cube University[1] / Frank E. Ormsby, 4027 Monroe St., Chicago, Ill., 1922 (1923 issue)


  • For 1896. [2 pages of advertisements] + [frontis.] + [2] + 147 + [7 pages of advertisements]
  • For 1923. [Front cover backed with advertisements] + 49 + [pp. 50-57 of advertisements] + [pp. 58-62] + [pp. 63-4 of advertisements] + [rear cover backed with advertisements]

 Binding format and presentation notes:

  • 1896 issue in publisher’s original pictorial cloth (wear to extremities of spine; heavy wear to outer corners of boards). (Ffep detached; slight cracking to front and rear inner paper hinges.) Printed in dual columned pages almost throughout.
  • 1923 issue in original card covers as a staplebound pamphlet. (Five leaves perforated by former library-identifying miniature hole-punching device)


[1] From internal references and the illustration on the rear cover, it is apparent that this was an educational institution founded by Ormsby in 1897 and represented by an elaborate building said to have been designed by an architect named Geo. A. W. Kintz. An article by a Daniel R. Small ( gives the location of the university building as ‘the northeast corner of South Atlantic Blvd and West Mission Street in Alhambra, California’


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