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Franklin's "Poor Richards Almanack"
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   This Commemorative Cover Honors Franklin's "Poor Richards Almanack", Begun on Dec 19, 1732, in Philadelphia, Pa.
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Franklin's "Poor Richards Almanack", Begun
on Dec 19, 1732, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
   As a printer and newspaper publisher, Benjamin Franklin added writing to his long list of talents. Nowhere was his famous wit more obvious - or more incisive - than in Poor Richards Almanack.

   Americans were already familiar with almanacs when Franklin published his first annual installment on December 19, 1732 for the year 1733. However, Franklin added his unique brand of humor and wisdom to the form. He wrote Poor Richards in the person of "Richard Saunders," a fictional philosopher who borrowed fron established proverbs and coined orginal phrases. Some of Franklin's gems included, "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise"..."God helps them that help themselves"... and "Little strokes fell great oaks."

   The formula was an instant success. Poor Richards Almanack sold more than 10,000 copies per year for the 25 years it existed. It became second only to the Bible as America's most widely read - and most frequently quoted - publication. According to Esmond Wright, author of Franklin of Philadelphia, the almanac contained "a mixture of Puritan moralizing, yeoman irony, and a dash of cynicism; its humor was rural and small-town rather than urban." Indeed, Benjamin Franklin set the tone for classic American humor with Poor Richards Almanack.

   Of course, Franklin's creation had more profound effects on our nation - and on the world as a whole. Before Poor Richard Ben Franklin was known simply as a local sage in Philadelphia. In the person of Richard Saunder, Franklin was finally able to bring his incomparable gifts of wit and wisdom beyond his home city to all thirteen colonies. Indeed, Poor Richards Almanack garnered Franklin the notice which helped him to become one of the greatest statesmen and diplomats the world has ever known.

   The historic U.S. stamp on this Cover was issued in 1960 and features a Franklin quote which appeared in the 1740 edition of Poor Richards Almanack. The Cover is Postmarked on December 19, the exact anniversary that Benjamin Franklin began Poor Richards Almanack in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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