New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_1101
Seated figure of Benjamin Franklin by John J. Boyle in front of post office at Ninth and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia. Statue completed in 1899. Photograph taken in 1912.
Why was this statue placed in front of a post office in Philadelphia?
Is it a large statue or a small statue? How can you tell?
Why do you think Benjamin Franklin signed his mail "B. Free Franklin"?
Considering all the important figures in U.S. history, why did Benjamin Franklin’s image appear on so many postage stamps?
How did Franklin improve the postal system in the American colonies?
In what ways has the U.S. Postal Service changed since Franklin's time?
Do you think it should be the job of the government to run the mail? Explain.
What other ways can you send mail today if you don't use the U.S. Postal Service?
What advantages or disadvantages does the U.S. Postal Service have compared to other businesses that deliver mail?
Research the history of stamps featuring Benjamin Franklin throughout the years and write an essay on your findings.
Where is the statue in this photograph located today?
Math: How old was Benjamin Franklin when he became Postmaster General? How many years passed between Franklin's death and the first postage stamp bearing his image?
Art: Design a new postage stamp featuring Benjamin Franklin. Include one of his famous inventions or contributions in your design.
Adler, David. B. Franklin: Printer. New York: Holiday House, 2001. ISBN: 0823416755
Fleming, Candace. Ben Franklin's Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003. ISBN: 0689835493
Giblin, James. The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin. New York: Scholastic, 2000. ISBN: 0590485342
Harness, Cheryl. The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2005. ISBN: 0792278828