The Pennsylvania Gazette. Containing the freshest Advices Foreign and Domestic
Today, In Newspaper History
On October 2, 1729, Benjamin Franklin and his business partner Hugh Meredith purchased The Universal Instructor in all Arts and Sciences: and Pennsylvania Gazette.
Their first order of business: remove the Universal Instructor bit and shorten the name to the Pennsylvania Gazette.
It was in the paper that American colonists read a third person account of Franklin’s experiments with kites and electricity. Franklin was the author but wrote under a pseudonym.
The newspaper ran until 1815 and later re-emerged as the Saturday Evening Post in 1821.
Takeaway: If “Freshest Advices” was good enough for Big Ben, I’m using it wherever and whenever I can. Starting here, of course. — Michael
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By Michael Cervieri