Franklin Print Shop

314 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Benjamin Franklin said there are two things that should be in every home: a newspaper and a Bible. Not only did they provide education and good content, but they also guaranteed the employment of a man who was a printer by trade!

Franklin’s print shop was employed for government printing, books, newspapers, and broadsides (posters). Franklin even used his print shop to publish his own book, Poor Richard’s Almanac, one of America’s first bestsellers. Some of his classic one-liners that have become part of American life are: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise;” “Fish and visitors smell after three days;” “God helps them that help themselves;” “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead;” and “Keep the eyes wide open before marriage and half shut afterwards.”

At the Christ Church burial grounds where Franklin is buried, people still put coins on his gravestone to help support his fictional character, Poor Richard. Franklin’s popular serial story always displayed Poor Richard in trouble and needing to be rescued by his wife. As Proverbs 18:22 says, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing” (NAS). Some things never change!