Exploring an Antique Printing Press

I got to poke at this antique printing press, with trays of movable type and everything. I was touring a bronze artist’s shop today and when he heard I work on books, he pulled the sheet off this antique. I’d never seed one close up before. It needs a little TLC, and a bigger space to be able to run through a full cycle.

I so want to play with this. I’m thinking we need to get this in shape so we can still put out books after the power runs out. Though, there is a motor on this that could speed up the process.

 

printer tray of letters

Tray of lead type.

antique printing press

Movable type printing press.

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