Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

New Grant Funds Library Company’s Exploration of Philadelphia’s Colorful Past

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Long before circulars jammed our mailboxes and glossy advertisements for every department store in the city came sliding out of the Sunday paper, lithography was the word—and the image—on the street. Invented in the late 1700s, lithography…
Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

Afro-American Exhibit at Swann Auction Galleries

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Helping us celebrate our 275th birthday is the Swann Galleries in New York, where selections from our Afro-Americana Collection are on display through the month of February (Black History Month). Swann’s annual Afro-Americana auction,…
Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

Levenger Items Now Available

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Early in 2006 several representatives of Levenger, the company that makes "tools for serious readers," visited the Library Company to explore the possibility of creating products based on the Library Company's collections. CEO Steve Leveen and…
Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

Conservation Department News

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Recently Todd Pattison gave the Library Company his collection of 183 books with decorated endpapers. Some may remember that Mr. Pattison gave a colorful lunchtime talk in January titled "Decorated Endpapers, 1831 -1875." The talk focused…