Benjamin Franklin US half dollar - 90% 1957 Benjamin Franklin half dollar - Founding Library of Congress Commemorative Cover Honors

Franklin's Founding of the First Subscription Library
1957 Benjamin Franklin half dollar - Library of Congress

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   This Commemorative Cover Honors Franklin's Founding of the First Subscription Library on July 1, 1731 in Philadelphia, Pa.
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Franklin's Founding
of the First Subscription Library
on July 1, 1731 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
   As a young man, Benjamin Franklin was an avid reader of many subjects. In order to share his wide-ranging interests, he formed a group in 1727 called the "Junto." They met every Friday evening - usually at a tavern - to discuss history, poetry, and topics of interest. One night in 1730, Franklin suggested "clubbing our books to a common library," so they could each enjoy "the advantage of using the books of all the other members, which would be nearly as beneficial as if each owned the whole." The Junto agreed and placed some of their personal books in a library for the club.

   The following year, Franklin took this novel concept one step further by proposing a subscription library for all the citizens of Philadelphia. Again, the Junto helped Franklin implement this idea. On July 1, 1731, Franklin signed the Instrument of Association for the first city library in the American colonies. Franklin was the first member appointed to its Board of Directors, whose 50 subscribers paid dues of 40 shillings each. Other lidraries eventually formed in Philadelphia - only to be absorbed in 1769 by Franklin's new Library Company.

   In later life, Franklin would proudly look back on his momentous achievement. He remarked that libraries "have improved the general conversation of the Americans," and "made the common tradesmen and farmers as intelligent as most gentlemen from other countries."

   The Historic U.S. stamp on this Cover was issued in 1982 and depicts the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The Cover is postmarked on July 1, the exact anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's founding of the first subscription library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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