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Treasures at the Library Company of Philadelphia

In 1731, Philadelphia was North America’s most important city. It was also the canvas for many of the young Benjamin Franklin’s inspirations for voluntary association and civic betterment. Soon after arriving in Philadelphia, Franklin had…
Lydia E. Pinkham and Her Great Granddaughter. Display card from the William Helfand Popular Medicine Ephemera Collection.

Featured Collections: Books and Printed Materials

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William H. Helfand Collection of Proprietary Medicine Pamphlets The William H. Helfand Collection consists of approximately 1,000 books, pamphlets, and advertisements relating to 19th-century American popular, patent,…
Lydia E. Pinkham and Her Great Granddaughter. Display card from the William Helfand Popular Medicine Ephemera Collection.

Featured Acquisition

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Philadelphia shopkeeper Samuel Curtis Upham, self-described as a printer of “mementoes of the Rebellion” and described by Southerners as a counterfeiter of Confederate notes, used the Civil War to his economic advantage. As a stationer,…