Common press, ca. 1720
Installation view from...
Click to Enlarge

Installation view from "Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World"

  • Overview
  • Description
  • Further Information
Wood and iron; H. 78 in. (198.1 cm), W. 35 1/2 in. (90.2 cm), D. 60 in. (152.4 cm)
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Behring Center (Washington, D.C.), L93.54
Stranded in London during his youth when an expected patron failed him, Franklin found work at a printing house for two years (1724-26) to save enough money for his passage home. This printing press is one that he used there.
Included in BF300 Exhibit. Terms of Use Credits