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Courtesy Dr. Gary Milan Collection

The Pennsylvania Weekly Advertiser No. 1195 was the last paper printed by Franklin before the Stamp Act went into effect, taxing newspapers and other documents by requiring a special stamp to be affixed or incorporated into the paper. The symbols of the skull and crossbones at the top of the paper reflect the view that this tax was to be the death of the free press. It is only coincidental that the paper was published on Halloween!