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   This Commemorative Cover Honors Franklin's Publication of the Pennsylvania Gazette on Oct 2, 1729 in Philadelphia, Pa.
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Benjamin Franklin's
Publication of the Pennsylvania Gazette
on Oct 2, 1729 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
   Benjamin Franklin's considerable writing talent was first revealed to his fellow Philadelphians on October 2, 1729, when he published the first issue of his Pennsylvania Gazette. The newspaper was, in fact, a new version of a publication started by Samuel Keimer, Franklin's first mentor in the printing trade.

   When Franklin left Keimer's employ to open his own printing shop, he excitedly told a friend of his plan to form a newspaper which would complete with Philadelphia's American Weekly Mercury. Unfortunately, the "friend" leaked this piece of news to Keimer, who immediately released his own periodical entitled, The Universal Instructor in All Arts and Sciences: and Pennsylvania Gazette.

   Recognizing that Philadelphia did not need a third newspaper, Franklin began ghostwriting a humorous column for the Mercury call "The Bust-Body," in which he often poked fun at Keimer. Ironically, Keimer suffered financial reverses and was pressed by creditors to sell his Gazette - to Franklin.

   Franklin's first move as publisher was to shorten the newspaper's title to The Pennsylvania Gazette. In his first preface, he wrote that a journalist must have the talent for "writing and relating things clearly and intelligibly, and in few words. He should be able to speak of war both by land and sea, be well acquainted with geography, with the history of the time, with the several interest of princes and states, the secrets of courts, and the manners and customs of all nations. Men this accomplished are very rare in this part of the world."

   The historic U.S. stamp on this Cover was issued in 1973 and depicits a printing press. The Cover is postmarked on October 2, the exact anniversary of the day Benjamin Franklin first published the Pennsylvania Gazette in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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