Month: April 2018

Robert Aitken’s Printing Office is For Sale

This advertisement appeared in two editions of  the Philadelphia Gazette, published as The Philadelphia Gazette and DAILY ADVERTISER. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) on December 27th and December 31, 1800 on page two. This says that he is selling his business because of his age (he was 65 years old), but research shows that it may have been due to his excessive debt.  During the Revolution he spent time in debtor’s prison.

The Transcription is below:

Printing Office for Sale.  THE Subscriber in the decline of life, having determined to relinquish the Printing Business—He therefore offers at private Sale, two excellent Mahogany Printing Presses, together with an extensive assemblage of Printing Types, including an Hebrew and Greek font, the whole amounting to thirty-four fonts well assorted, with every requisite, in excellent order and in good condition; calculated for extensive Book-Work or a Daily Newspaper, including also, a general and useful assortment of flowers, Cuts and Ornaments, with every other implement in the Printing Business.___He will also dispose of, a two-story Brick House, on the corner of 1??? Court and Black Horse Alley, which he now occupies as a Printing Office, 18 by 35—the second story has 8 large windows, 24 panes in each—and a lofty garret for drying paper, with a cellar under the whole.  The situation and accommodations are inferior to none in the city, and may be sold separate or together to suit the purchaser.  For further particulars, apply to Robert Aitken, No. 22 Market-street.

Bruce Jennings’ Service Announcement Handbills for April 29th, 2018

I made Bruce Jennings these Divine Service hand bills for him to use at his upcoming event. These are to be passed out at his event on Friday & Saturdays leading up to his Sunday Divine  Service. If he does this, his attendance will be greatly improved. These handbills are to be printed on 8 ½ X 11 pieces of laid paper. The images will print on the bottom edge of the paper. Set your paper cutter at 6 1/2″ and cut off the top long ways on your paper. Then turn the paper 90 degrees. Set your paper on 5 1/2 inches and cut the two hand bills apart. I can customize these signs for your services too. No charge for doing that for you. It is my mission and pleasure. Of course, you can print it on smaller paper or other paper as well.


Bruce Jennings’ Broadside Divine Service Announcement for April 29th, 2018

Bruce Jennings is going to conduct a period service this upcoming Sunday at an event at Musgrove Mills in Clinton, South Carolina. I can customize these signs for your events too. No charge for doing that for you. It is my mission and pleasure.
I have created this broadside (poster) version for Bruce Jennings to put up on announcement boards, hang on trees, etc. for reenactors and the public to be able to see. You might also consider making a tri-pod out of tree branches and attaching it to a board and placing it where you will be preaching and keeping a broadside on it all weekend long where your services will be held. This will increase the numbers of people who will attend your period service. This broadside will print out to be 10″ X 12” and should be printed on 11″ X 17″ laid paper which is available from Neenah Paper Company. Of course, you can print it on smaller paper or other paper as well.

Letter to the Editor Endorsing Aitken’s Bible of the Revolution

The is a letter to the editor that endorses Robert Aitken’s 1782 Bible which is now know as the “Bible of the Revolution”.  It appeared in the Freeman’s Journal: Or The North-American Intelligencer, VOL. II., Numb. LXXXIII. on November 20th, 1782.

Robert Aitken’s Help Wanted Ad

This advertisement was published in the Pennsylvania Evening Post (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) on July 8th, 1778 on page 227. During this period Aitken was making his 1778 New Testament.  No know copies of this New Testament survive today.

Transcription Below:

“ROBERT AITKEN, bookseller opposite the coffeehouse, Front-street, will pay good wages every Saturday evening to a sober industrious man, who understands and can work well at COPPERPLATE printing; likewise to five or six journeymen bookbinders.  Books and stationary fold as usual, at the above store.  Just published, and well bound, a neat edition of the NEW TESTAMENT; also CROXALL’s FABLES, containing one hundred and ninety-six plates, being a plate to every fable, with pertinent applications; the above books are certainly the best extant for the English scholar, and (in these times) rarely to be et with any where else.  He has likewise wrapping paper for sale.”


Robert Aitken’s Runaway Bookbinder

This Public Notice was run by Robert Aitken in the New-York Gazette, and Weekly Mercury, published as The New-York Gazette; and the Weekly Mercury (New York, New York) on November 11th, 1774.

Transcribed below:

“FIVE PUNDS REWARD,  RUNaway, on Sabbath the 30th of October last, from the Subscriber, Bookseller, opposite the London Coffee-House, Front-Street, Philadelphia, A Scots Servant Man, named Andrew Ure, about five Feet five Inches High, has long Face, is stout made, of a ruddy Complexion, has a kind of impediment in this Speech , and speaks very fast, almost unintelligible, has very thick jet black Hair, about one Inch long, and had on when he went away, a narrow brimm’d wool Hat, not cock’d, a black and shite speckled Wilting cloth Coat, trimm’d with black Ferret down the Breast, and button Holes, black horse hair Buttons, a Pair of very good Buckskin Breeches, a Pair of brown and white ribb’d Stockings, black Shoe Buckles much worn, a black Handkerchief about his Neck, a blue and white strip’d Shirt, one Coarse linen Shirt, and a check’d botton Shirt in a Bundle; he is a Book-binder by Trade, and may work as a Journeyman.  Whoever takes up and secures said Andrew Ure in any Goal, shall have the above Reward, and reasonable Charges paid by Robert Aitken.