Sunday, April 22, 2012

Prudential booklet on signers of the Declaration of Independence

"I don't know what you mean by short blog post." -- Ashar, implying that speed and brevity are two traits that I'm lacking when it comes to writing this blog.1

He says I'm not capable of writing a short post in a short amount of time.

So here's my attempt at just that.

Pictured at right is the cover of a small pamphlet from The Prudential Press titled "The Signers of the Declaration of Independence." The informative 40-page volume contains illustrations, biographies and signatures of the 56 signers of the Declaration, from Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to William Paca and Francis Lightfoot Lee.

There's no date of publication anywhere, but it's pretty old. Edward D. Duffield is listed as the president of Prudential on the booklet, and, according to this list, he served as Prudential's fifth president from 1922 to 1938.2

The booklet is also stamped on the back with the name of a local Prudential agent -- S.E. Krichten of McSherrystown, Pennsylvania. Krichten also served as one of the auditors for the borough of McSherrystown in 1957, according to the May 15, 1958, edition of the New Oxford Item.

So there you have it! This post took just 27 minutes!

1. He is correct.
2. Here's Duffield on the cover of the September 26, 1932, issue of Time magazine.


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  2. I have been going through my parents old papers and found a copy of this booklet! Very interesting! It would be timely for it to be reissued today for the benefit of today’s generation.