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Rittenhouse Mill and the Beginnings of Papermaking in America
James Green (au)
On Sept. 29, 1690 the papermaking business began in Brit. North Amer. On that day William Rittenhouse, papermaker, joined with William Bradford, printer, & others in an invest. co. to build a paper mill. The land was in Roxborough, in the county of Phila., by the banks of a tributary of Wissahickon Creek. The mill was erected & in operation by 1691 & for almost 40 years thereafter the Rittenhouse family were the only papermakers in America. The site of the Rittenhouse mill has been preserved as part of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. This booklet celebrates the tercentenary of the American paper industry by retelling the story of the Rittenhouse Mill, based on a fresh examination of the documents left & a new look at the place where it all began. Illus.
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