Objects & Places from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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The New England Courant

This was the second newspaper to start in America.

The wooden storage box for these items is where the terms upper case and lower case originated.

Poor Richard's Almanack

This how-to book about everything included proverbs and interesting quotes along with tips on saving money and making a better life.

Franklin Stove

The inventor refused patent rights, but a few years later someone else claimed the patent for a device of almost identical design.

Subscription Library

Those who rented from this facility paid twice the value of the item if it was not returned.


This organization began as a club where intellectual friends debated.


This invention was the result of the inventor growing tired of having to switch back and forth between eyeglasses.

Fire Department

A community assistance group that once successful in Philadelphia saw other cities form similar organizations...

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