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Christopher Sower

 
 
Christopher Sower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 3, 2011
1. Christopher Sower Marker
Inscription.
1738 1938
In commemoration of the
two hundredth anniversary
of the founding of the Printing
and Publishing House of
Christopher Sower
(1683 – 1758)
at 5255-5263 Germantown Ave. nearly
opposite
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There, he and his son of the same name
issued Almanacs, Newspapers and many
English and German Books, including the
first American editions of the Bible
in any European Tongue, 1743, 1763, 1776
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On this site, Jacob Bay, aided by Chris-
topher Sower II, operated the first per-
manent American type foundry, 1772-1783.
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Erected May 14, 1938 by the
Germantown Historical Society

 
Erected 1938 by Germantown Historical Society.
 
Location. 40° 1.918′ N, 75° 10.121′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Germantown Avenue and W Queen Lane, on the left when traveling north on Germantown Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5300 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19144, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lutheran Publication Society (here, next to this marker); Christopher Saur
Markers at the Lutheran Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 3, 2011
2. Markers at the Lutheran Church
Two markers are found at this location. The Christopher Sower marker is the lower of the two.
(a few steps from this marker); Grumblethorpe (within shouting distance of this marker); Owen Wister (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Louisa May Alcott (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Germantown White House (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Germantown White House (approx. mile away); First Protest against Slavery (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  Christopher Sower House Site. Historic Germantown website. (Submitted on September 5, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & Commerce
 
Marker on Germantoen Ave. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 3, 2011
3. Marker on Germantoen Ave.
The Christopher Sower marker can be seen on the corner of the building.
Site of the Christopher Sower House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 3, 2011
4. Site of the Christopher Sower House
During the Revolutionary War, Christopher Sower printed an English newpaper for the British when they occupied Philadelphia. He later had his property seized by the American government for refusing to take the oath of allegiance to the State.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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