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Auction: 22066 - Historical Documents, Postal History & Autographs - Featuring the Robin Hunt Collection
Lot: 2052

United States of America
Benjamin Franklin
1895 envelope reading "Piece of Cotton from Benjamin Franklin's old Printing Press in the Boston Mass., Museum containing small piece of cotton (soiled) measuring c.35x25mm, sold together with c.1825 newspaper clipping illustrating Franklin at his old press in front of current labourers, quoted as saying "It is now forty years [1785] since I worked, like you, at this press, a journeyman printer". Unusual

Gerald E. Wellburn

Notes: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was among the Founding Fathers of the United States. When Franklin was in his youth, he and his brother worked in printing presses and newspapers; eventually his affinity with print would act as a publishing arm espousing his political views.

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