Three-Wheeled Clock

An auction notice caught my eye, about a clock designed by Dr Franklin. Papers online has this: James Ferguson: Account of Franklin’s Three-Wheel Clock Printed in James Ferguson, Select Mechanical Exercises: Shewing how to construct different Clocks, Orreries, and Sun-Dials, on Plain and Easy Principles,…(Second edition, London, 1778), pp. 1-4. A Clock shewing the Hours, …

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Franklin, Massachusetts Library

The library at Franklin, Massachusetts has an intimate connection with Dr. Franklin, and is re-housing their collection of books he donated. They were displayed in a standalone, closed bookcase from 1904 till now (2018), when they are going to a more accessible presentation, according to this news report on the renovation. Congratulations! In 1778, the westerly …

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Ralph Archbold

We’ve lost a grand fellow, Ralph Archbold of Philadelphia. I have it on good authority that he’s having a beer with Dr. Franklin right around now.   There’s a nice article at http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/Philly-Benjamin-Franklin-impersonator-Ralph-Archbold-dies.html and a a nice set of pictures with the article at http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/ap/national/article_d646f87a-18cb-569b-b0ce-53e5122114db.html

Mile Marker 43 Moving

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts is moving to preserve one of Franklin’s mile markers from the postal system of 1767:   Article Site Shrewsbury – Last November, Shrewsbury’s Board of Selectmen approved a proposal to move one of two Benjamin Franklin Mile Markers (Milestone Marker #43) from its current location near the on-ramp to I-290 East on Main …

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Portrait of Benjamin Lay

This article discusses a portrait owned by Benjamin Franklin of Benjamin Lay. Some excerpts: “Stories about our discovery appeared first in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and in January 1979 The Magazine Antiques published a story by Karen M. Jones about the discovery of a rare William Williams painting.” The story quoted a letter from Ben Franklin …

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Franklin as a British Subject

Two recent books about Dr. Franklin and the British Empire are reviewed in the [London] Times Literary Supplement. Carla J. Mulford BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND THE ENDS OF EMPIRE 426pp. Oxford University Press. £41.99 (US $65). 978 0 19 938419 8 and George Goodwin BENJAMIN FRANKLIN IN LONDON The British life of America’s Founding Father 365pp. …

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Tobyhanna Township and BF’s Travels

Franklin and His Travels The Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township sponsored an interesting-looking talk on Franklin’s travels. http://tobyhannatwphistory.org/calendar.html#jul17 The grave of Polly Stevenson is not far from this area; perhaps this association or the speaker, Bruce Denlinger, could be involved in learning more about that.