New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_1105
Printing press that Benjamin Franklin worked when apprenticed to his brother James in 1722. Photograph taken in 1912.
What is a printing press?
Where was this printing press located when Franklin worked on it?
Why would someone save this printing press and put it on display?
How does an apprenticeship work?
Do you think it would be necessary to have an apprenticeship to learn how to use this type of machinery?
How old was Benjamin Franklin when he opened his own printing shop?
How old was he when he became official printer for Pennsylvania?
What were some of the documents that Franklin printed for Pennsylvania?
How is printing different today than in Benjamin Franklin's lifetime?
Use the Internet to find some primary documents that came from Benjamin Franklin’s printing press.
Math: Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706. If Franklin had lived only half of his life when he retired at age 42, how old was he when he died? What year did he die?
Math: Poor Richard's Almanac was published for 25 years and sold 10,000 copies a year. How many total copies did it sell in the 25 years?
Science: How does a printing press work? What materials is it made of?
English Language Arts & Art: Create a poster that could have been posted on the front of Franklin’s printing shop when it first opened. Make it so that it would entice people to come in!
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
Heinrichs, Ann. The Printing Press. New York: F. Watts, 2005. ISBN: 053112343X, 0531167224