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Franklin Printing Press, by Unknown, c. 1890s, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2010-2429 or 17539-B or MAH-17539B.

April 23, 1900

The United States Congress authorizes the Secretary of the Smithsonian, at his discretion, to exhibit the old Ben Franklin printing press and other articles from the United States National Museum of interest to the printing trades at the New York Printing Exposition to be held from May 2 to June 2, 1900.More

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