Benjamin Franklin as a printer, 1720s

Benjamin Franklin as a printer, 1720s

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Caption: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), US polymath, working as a printer on the 'The New-England Courant'. Later famed as a scientist, inventor, and one of the US Founding Fathers, Franklin first became an apprentice printer aged 12. From the age of 15 to 17 (1721 to 1723) he worked in Boston as a typesetter on this daily newspaper, founded by his older brother James Franklin (1697-1735). Hand presses were used to make hundreds of impressions daily. This reproduction is of the mural, from circa 1914, painted by Charles Elliott Mills (1856-1956) and located at the Franklin Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

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