The Franklin Keepsakes Library
The Printing Week Library of Benjamin Franklin Keepsakes was a cooperative project of members of the New York area printing industry honoring the memory of Benjamin Franklin and the celebration of Printing Week in New York. John DePol was art director and sole illustrator of the entire Franklin keepsake series. The first fourteen of these (pre-1969) were printed letterpress; the remainder of the books were printed offset. Between 1953 and the final keepsake in 1988, DePol contributed 401 engravings. The first keepsake was one of his earliest illustrated books, made while Depol was working at the L. F. White Company in New York City learning the book trade as a production assistant. DePol continued to produce charming small-scale images for the series, even including his own face as one of Franklin's associates in the 1960 edition.
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