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Our current Ben’s Lens shows the dining room at Stenton, the 18th-century Philadelphia home of the Logan family, located in Germantown. The history of the Logan family and the Library Company of Philadelphia has been entwined for centuries. In March 1732 Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Godfrey traveled to Stenton to ask James Logan for advice on what books to acquire for the recently-established Library.  Logan’s personal collection of nearly 3, 000 books is now part of the Library Company’s collection.

This postcard was produced by the Architectural Post Card Company of Philadelphia as part of the series Old Colonial. The series includes other views of Stenton, as well as the Powell House, Upsala, and other Philadelphia residences. These views are part of the George Brightbill Postcard Collection.

Congratulations to Will Brown who correctly identified the image.

Sarah J. Weatherwax
Curator of Prints and Photographs


Previous Ben's Lens Answer

Our Ben’s Lens depicts the Consultation Room of the Supreme Court in Philadelphia’s City Hall. This photomechanical print is one of seventy featured in a limited edition volume entitled The City Hall Philadelphia. Architecture, Sculpture and History published in 1897. The Library Company owns copy number forty eight out of one thousand.

The following people identified the building as City Hall, but nobody correctly guessed the room.

Tom Keels
William Kriebel
Hyman Meyers

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