The Library Company of Philadelphia

Bookseller Dan pointed me to a documentary about facsimile printing presses, which, in turn, led me to learn of The Library Company of Philadelphia:

The Library Company was founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin as a subscription library. Members pooled their financial resources so they would be able to afford a larger and finer library than any one of them could have amassed individually.

I spend my days supporting a publication that sports a rendering of Franklin on its cover, so I take some comfort that, 289 years later, Franklin’s library continues to serve its shareholders.