“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin
Hoping to publish the first monthly magazine in the American Colonies, the first issue of Benjamin Franklin’s “The General Magazine” was issued on February 16, 1741. Franklin missed the deadline to his rival, Philadelphia publisher Andrew Bradford, who printed his monthly periodical “The American Magazine” three days earlier on February 13, 1741. Having already published his own newspaper and the beloved “Poor Richard’s Almanack”, Franklin wanted to create a publication speaking to the complicated political climate at the time in colonial America. Although both magazines were moderately successful, neither would be printing by the following year in 1742.