WHEREAS, one of the great achievements of man's ingenuity was the invention of printing; and

WHEREAS, it has been less than five centuries since the invention of movable type, an art that gave impetus to the printing profession ; and

WHEREAS, through the centuries following this great achievement, the art of printing has gone hand in hand with the progress of mankind ; and

WHEREAS, it is clear that through man's ability to use the printed word he has been able to communicate his thoughts to others no matter what distance removed; through printing, people today are enabled to receive the tremendous legacy of the thoughts and achievements of the past ; through printing, wisdom and knowledge are handed down from generation to generation ; and

WHEREAS, not only the printed records of the past and documents preserved for the future are important to civilization today, but are a multitude of short-lived printed messages on which we rely for the conduct of our daily lives; and

WHEREAS, January 17, 1956, will also mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin, American statesman, diplomat, author and inventor, whose name is indelibly connected with the art of printing since he identified himself as a printer in his own final epitaph ; now

THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the week of January 15, 1956, as


and call attention of all citizens in the state to the importance of this art and to the services performed by our own printing industry.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this Tenth day

(Great Seal) of January in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eightieth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State