United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division
<p>This political cartoon (attributed to Benjamin Franklin) originally appeared during the French and Indian War, but was recycled to encourage the American colonies to join the Albany Plan for Union. From The Pennsylvania gazette, 9 May 1754. Abbreviations used: South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and New England. This is a somewhat odd division: New England was four colonies, and Delaware and Georgia are missing</p>
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A copy of the "Join or Die" political cartoon that appeared in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper in 1754 is up for auction.
Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles tells The Philadelphia Inquirer
the copy is the only one known to exist outside the one held by the Library of Congress.
The cartoon, which features the colonies fractured in the form of a serpent, aimed to rally the British colonies to join against the French and their Native American allies during the Seven Years War between Great Britain and France.
Sanders Auctions says bidding will begin at $40,000 on Thursday.
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