Oak leaf silhouette of Benjamin Franklin, before 1850
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Photo courtesy of Monticello/Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.

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Leaf of an oak tree;
Monticello: The Home of Thomas Jefferson (Charlottesville, Va.)
The image of Franklin had become an icon even before his death. This object, though made as a memorial rather than as a true portrait, has the history of having been associated with Monticello, and the family of Thomas Jefferson.
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