Franklin's Marbled Loan Notes
- Hello all... as it turns out the marbled Loan Notes produced by Franklin at Passy and held by
the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia are part of the touring exhibition being put
together for Franklin's 300th anniversary next year. To see them in person, information and
your closest venue can be found online at benfranklin300.org.
I have also learned that the Johannot papermakers at Annonay France were producing wove
paper no later that 1778 and that by 1781 their paper was awarded a gold medal by the King.
It is known that Franklin used laid paper produced by Johannot at his press at Passy, why not
the wove? It seems a forensic analysis of the paper has not been done but is needed to
answer the question of its origin.