By Jennifer Hudson Taylor
The J. Blum House was built in 1815 and served as Salem's first printing press and bank. In 1827, John Christian Blum and his two sons brought a wood and metal hand-operated printing press from Philadelphia to Salem, NC. The Blums set up and prospered a viable printing business. Prior to the Blums' arrival, printing took place in Salisbury, Hilllsborough and Raleigh.
In 1828, Blum printed the first Blum's Farmer's and Planter's Almanac for 10 cents per copy. This Almanac is still printed today--a magnificent 182 year history.