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William Jennings, Pioneer Work in Photography of Lightning, 1930

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

The Franklin Institute recognized William N. Jennings for his "pioneer work in the photography of flashes of lightning" with the John Price Wetherill Silver Medal. An advertisement placed in the January 1930 edition of the Journal of The Franklin Institute informed readers of Jennings' pending receipt of this award. The advertisement both declared Jennings' accomplishments and called for objections to his receipt of the Wetherill Medal, instructing readers to communicate any objections to the Secretary of The Franklin Institute "within one month of the date of this notice."

You can read this advertisement, as well as the letter requesting that "the usual advertisement" be placed in the Journal, by clicking on the thumbnails at right.