SML-197 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
SML-197A Benjamin Franklin Pen Stand
|reference numbers||SML-197: Benjamin Franklin
SML-197A: Benjamin Franklin pen stand (M)
SML-197B: Benjamin Franklin - Curtis Plan representative (M)
SML-197C: Benjamin Franklin - Keystone Readers' Service (M)
SML-197D: Benjamin Franklin - Poor Richard Club pen stand (M)
SML-197E: Benjamin Franklin (Lance 6006)
|description||Benjamin Franklin standing figure|
|dimensions||height = 3 1/4 inches|
|topics and series||Topics:
|private issue and/or limited edition & quantity||SML-197B:
private issue for Curtis Plan 1,800 made
SML-197C: private issue for Keystone Readers' Service 2,500 made
SML-197D: private issue for Poor Richard Club
|era first introduced.||Marblehead|
|auction notes||SML-197B (penstand) sold for $260 at 2001 Midwest Fair auction.|
GENERAL INFORMATION. Baston first designed Franklin as one of his Favorite Americans series for his retail stores. A year after it was produced, Baston ws commissioned to create a special piece with a pen stand base inscribed "Compliments -Curtis Plan Representative." It was used by Curtis salesmen (Saturday Evening Post and other magazines) to promote sales.
The Franklin and Post tie-in continued in 1955 with the Keystone Readers' Service figurine (reads "Ben Franklin Award - Keystone Readers' Service" in a heavy base), also used in Curtis promotions.
From Dr. Glenn Johnson's book, The Sebastian Miniature Collection.
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