Ben Franklin Photos

Benjamin Franklin (1706-90), born in Boston, spent his early years as a newspaper printer & journalist. He moved to Philadelphia in the 1720s where he ran a newspaper, published Poor Richard's Almanac, & became postmaster. He went on to do experiments on electricity, became a diplomat to England to argue for American rights. In 1775 Franklin returned to Pennsylvania to argue for American independence & participated in its formulation. In 1776 he represented the United States in Paris to obtain a French alliance & support and represented the USA there until 1785. Upon his return he was a delegate to the convention that framed the American Constitution.

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Statue of Benjamin Franklin by Richard S. Greenough at Old Boston City Hall. Boston, MA.Statue of Ben Franklin outside of Old City Hall on site of first American Public School which Franklin attended. Boston, MA.Bronze relief on base of Benjamin Franklin statue of Franklin learning art of printing. Boston, MA.Bronze relief on base of Benjamin Franklin statue of Franklin drawing electricity from the clouds. Boston, MA.
Statue (1855) of Benjamin Franklin by Richard S. Greenough at Old Boston City Hall. Boston, MA.Statue of Ben Franklin outside of Old City Hall on site of first American Public School which Franklin attended. Boston, MA.Bronze relief on base of Benjamin Franklin statue of Franklin learning art of printing. Boston, MA.Bronze relief on base of Benjamin Franklin statue of Franklin drawing electricity from the clouds. Boston, MA.
Bronze relief on base of Benjamin Franklin statue of Franklin at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Boston, MA.Plaque on base of Ben Franklin statue of Franklin at Treaty of Peace of September 3, 1783, by T. Ball in 1857. Boston, MA.Relief of impact of printing on base of Statue of Guttenberg showing signing of American Declaration of Independence & distribution of printed copies. Strasbourg, France.Printing press possibly used by Benjamin Franklin presented to USA during bicentennial celebrations in Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Grand Rapids, MI.
Bronze relief on base of Benjamin Franklin statue of Franklin at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Boston, MA.Plaque on base of Ben Franklin statue of Franklin at Treaty of Peace of September 3, 1783, by T. Ball in 1857. Boston, MA.Relief of impact of printing on base of Statue of Guttenberg showing signing of American Declaration of Independence & distribution of printed copies. Strasbourg, France.Printing press (1785), possibly used by Benjamin Franklin, presented to USA by France during its bicentennial celebrations in Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Grand Rapids, MI.
Ben Franklin at Craftsman Printing Press Monument by Joe Brown on Penn Square. Philadelphia, PA.Portrait of Benjamin Franklin by David Rent Etter, after Charles Willson Peale after David Martin in National Portrait Gallery. Philadelphia, PA.Benjamin Franklin portrait by Joseph Siffred Duplessis at Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY.Bust of Benjamin Franklin by Jean-Antoine Houdon at Toledo Museum of Art. Toledo, OH.
Ben Franklin at Craftsman Printing Press Monument (1981) by Joe Brown on Penn Square. Philadelphia, PA.Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (1835) by David Rent Etter, after Charles Willson Peale after David Martin in National Portrait Gallery. Philadelphia, PA.Benjamin Franklin portrait (1778) by Joseph Siffred Duplessis at Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY.Bust of Benjamin Franklin (c1778) by Jean-Antoine Houdon at Toledo Museum of Art. Toledo, OH.
Bust of Benjamin Franklin by Hiram Powers at St. Louis Art Museum. St Louis, MO.Stained glass window of Printers History by Thomas Augustin O'Shaughnessy at Stained Glass Museum. Chicago, IL.Details of stained glass window of Printers History showing First Iron Press in Philadelphia in 1814 at Stained Glass Museum. Chicago, IL.Details of stained glass window of Printers History showing Benjamin Franklin at Stained Glass Museum. Chicago, IL.
Bust of Benjamin Franklin (c1850-73) by Hiram Powers at St. Louis Art Museum. St Louis, MO.Stained glass window (1914) of Printers History by Thomas Augustin O'Shaughnessy at Stained Glass Museum. Chicago, IL.Details of stained glass window (1914) of Printers History showing First Iron Press in Philadelphia in 1814 at Stained Glass Museum. Chicago, IL.Details of stained glass window (1914) of Printers History showing Benjamin Franklin at Stained Glass Museum. Chicago, IL.
Stained glass Benjamin Franklin at printing press in Heinz Chapel. Pittsburgh, PA.Statue of Benjamin Franklin erected 1926. New Orleans, LA.Benjamin Franklin statue detail on Lafayette Square. New Orleans, LA.Benjamin Franklin sculpture by Ernst Plassmann opposite City Hall. New York, NY.
Stained glass Benjamin Franklin at printing press in Heinz Chapel. Pittsburgh, PA.Statue of Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) erected 1926. New Orleans, LA.Benjamin Franklin statue detail on Lafayette Square. New Orleans, LA.Benjamin Franklin (1872) sculpture by Ernst Plassmann opposite City Hall. New York, NY.
Placard advertising Clipper Ship Franklin at Museum of the City of New York. New York, NY.Statue of Benjamin Franklin after original by Francois Marie Suzanne of Paris at Cleveland History Center. Cleveland, OH.Benjamin Franklin medallion on Cornell's former Franklin Hall. Ithaca, NY.
Placard advertising Clipper Ship Franklin (c1850s) at Museum of the City of New York. New York, NY.Statue of Benjamin Franklin (mid 19th C) after original by Francois Marie Suzanne of Paris at Cleveland History Center. Cleveland, OH.Benjamin Franklin medallion on Cornell's former Franklin Hall (now Tjaden Hall). Ithaca, NY.

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