Franklin Print Shop

Item Info

Item No: pdcp01118
Title: Franklin Print Shop
Historic Street Address: 318 Market Street, inside the courtyard
Historic Street Address: Franklin Court
Media Type: Drawings
Source: Print and Picture Collection

This original artist's sketch of the Franklin Print Shop was created for the Public Ledger, ca. 1923. Since Benjamin Franklin's actual print shop was built in 1787, and demolished in 1812, this illustration is an artist's conception (perhaps based on illustrations in Franklin's own publications) of what the print shop might have looked like.  Note the woman's dress, typical of fashion in the 1920s.

Today, there is a "ghost structure" of tubular steel located in Franklin Court, where the print shop used to be.  Elsewhere in this historic courtyard is a recreation of the print shop, where colonial-period printing demonstrations are conducted.

Creation Year: ca. 1923
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.146506
Geocode Latitude:39.950138

Creator Name: Public Ledger