Place and Imprint: Boston: various imprints but mostly published by the Society, 1826-1941.
Condition: Some wear and chipping to the broadsides; overall in very good condition.
Book ID: 28188
Physical Description12 items, several of which once belonged to the Society, viz: Jefferson's Clark's "Address Delivered at the Anniversary Celebration of the Franklin Typographical Society, January 17th, 1826;" "The Proceedings at the Printers' Festival, Held by the Franklin Typographical Society, January 15, 1848;" a small scrapbook of 30 leaves with newspaper clippings and manuscript annotations, chronicling the activities of the Society; menus and proceedings from their annual dinners honoring Benjamin Franklin, etc. A detailed description is available.
CommentsAn interesting small archive of material that chronicles the life of a benevolent society devoted to printers in and around Boston. The Franklin Typographical Society was active from its founding in 1824 well into the 20th century. Isaiah Thomas was an honorary member. In 1899, its membership numbered 500, but by the second decade of the 20th century it was in gradual decline, which parallels the decline of the printing trades in general.