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Courtesy Dr. Gary Milan Collection

Dr. Franklin cleverly published one edition of his newspaper on October 28, 1765 without a masthead. The copy claimed "No Stamped paper to be had" but this was the publisher's way to avoid stamp taxation and also to make a point about his feeling against the Stamp Act. The unflattering image of the stampation and the boot along with the devil on the gallows of Citadel Hill were further indications that Franklin wanted to give the boot the tax collectors, and that the Stamp Act, like the devil, should be hanged.