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Benjamin Franklin Post Office and Printing Press

In the 18th Century, Founding Father Benjamin Franklin was a well know printer. Working out of this shop in the 1700's, Franklin would print anything from documents to books. It was Franklin who wrote and printed Poor Richards Almanac. One of Franklin's biggest inventions was the printing press. This made it much easier and quicker to print papers at a rate of 10 times quicker.

 

On the left side of the building is the oldest post office in America. It was started by Benjamin Franklin in the late 1700's. Franklin was the first United States Postmaster. It is the only post office in America that does not fly an American flag. That is because in 1775, when it is believed Franklin started this post office, there was no flag yet made for America.

 

The Benjamin Franklin Post Office and Printing Press is located on Franklin Court in Philadelphia, Pa. It is next to site of where Benjamin Franklin's house sat and is part of the Independence National Historic Park.

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Taken on March 11, 2011