Albion Press 14" x 19" | International Printing Museum

Albion Press 14″ x 19″

The Albion press is the invention of Richard W. Cope who is thought to have assisted George Clymer, maker of the Columbian press. Cope’s press shows little of Clymer’s influence. Cope eliminated bizarre decoration, used a toggle instead of a beam for leverage, and employed a spring instead of a counterweight to raise the platen. […]

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Auto Card

Made by A. Magand, Paris, this press automatically feeds, prints, and delivers business cards when the hand crank is turned. (22 inches high)

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Columbian Press

The first iron printing press was built in England around 1800 by Lord Stanhope. George Clymer built the second in Philadelphia in 1813. The Columbian was not very well received in America, probably because of its great weight. So Clymer went to England where he manufactured and sold his press successfully. The massive cross beam, […]

Copperplate 9″ x 10″

This kind of press was used to print intaglio plates such as wedding announcements. Engraving presses of this style are not much used for commercial work today and have been adopted by artists for printing etchings. An accumulation of dried ink and alum from the hand of the pressman is in evidence on the three […]

Country Newspaper Press 25″ x 38″

This press was nicknamed “Grasshopper” because the cylinder, traveling the length of the bed, is activated by two slotted bars which swing back and forth resembling the legs of a grasshopper. The press is extremely light-weight, considering the size sheet it can handle. Seven, eight, and nine column presses invented by Enoch Prouty were manufactured […]

Country Newspaper Press 33″ x 48″

The Campbell Company made a variety of presses into the twentieth century including one of the first web-fed country presses to print from flat type forms. In the operation of this early hand cranked Campbell, the sheet is fed to grippers on the bottom of the cylinder and moves under the cylinder for printing. When […]

Drum Cylinder Press 24″ x 36″

This typical “News and Job” press, of the English Napier style, had various manufacturers from the 1860’s to about 1910. These drumcylinder presses operated on the single-revolution principle, in that only half the cylinder is utilized for impression while the other half clears the type during the return movement of the bed, hence the large […]

Fly Wheel Paper Cutter 32″

This cutter uses a hand cranked flywheel instead of the customary lever. The hand wheel is put into motion and a clutch is engaged activating the blade which, after effecting one cut, is stopped by an automatic braking mechanism. This style of cutter represents a cross between a lever cutter and the full power cutter, […]

Galley Proof Press 1860

Early in 1850 R. Hoe & Company devised this style of proof press which, along with the hand press, was used for most proofing until the advent of the self-inking proof press in the late 1890’s. This style proof press was copied by other manufacturers and sold widely because of its low cost. (38 inches […]

Galley Proof Press 1870

Around 1895, Hoe’s improved proof press appeared with a larger diameter but lighter weight cylinder. A patent medicine doctor named Miles had Hoe make a number of these presses with his name and the product’s name, Miles Nervine, cast into the frame. These presses were distributed to country newspapers in exchange for advertising space extolling […]


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