Overall: 7/8 x 6 3/4 in. ( 2.2 x 17.1 cm )
Molded octagonal plate with border decoration of flowers in low relief; some of the flowers are painted in pink luster, as is the rim; central black transfer-printed view of a man standing in a store window, and a street scene on the left.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
printed: in black around central view: "KEEP THY SHOP AND THY SHOP WILL KEEP THE/FRANKLIN'S PROVERBS" inscribed: in transfer-printed view: "GOODFELLOW/GROLIER & c"; "NE DONOTHIN[G]"; "TO LET"
Benjamin Franklin represents America's prototypical self-made man, rising from humble tradesman to revolutionary thinker and world leader through a combination of hard work and thrift. In his Poor Richard's Almanack, published serially between 1732 and 1757, Franklin printed a steady offering of aphorisms and proverbs counseling industry and frugality, which captured the attention of a society bent on self-improvement. Beginning in the 1830s, Franklin's sayings were frequently printed, and imaginatively illustrated, on plates and mugs presented to children as a reward for good behavior and achievement.
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