Sunday, October 26, 2008

BEFORE IRON THUMB PRESS

There was (and still is) the ALBATROSS PRESS!



This is a Washington pattern hand press that was built in 1847 or so. It has a bed that measures 24 x 36 inches. It weighs almost 3,000 pounds and can imprint with more force than any other press ever built.

It is particularly useful for making intaglio impressions on thick dampened paper with engraved dies.

This one was used by the Robertson Sign Company of Massillon, Ohio to prove their emboss dies before they ran lithographed tin tacker signs for Coca-Cola and RC Cola.

I bought it for $5.00 and have moved it about 10 times, and it now resides with my #1 Son Jed in Brooklyn, NY.

It is a really burdensome thing for one to appreciate old machinery... :-)

Jack
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