05 July 2007

Presses of Note!


This one comes from the Briar Press Museum of Printing Presses. Highly unusual "cone press." Here's what Briar Press says about it:

The Lowe cone press, invented and patented by Samuel W. Lowe of Philadelphia in 1856, was advertised as a cheap press for amateurs and tradesmen, with the slogan "Every man his own printer." It is the oldest of the small, portable presses suitable for amateurs (William Kelsey later positioned his line of Excelsior presses to compete with the Lowe; see his Excelsior Model P) and was used during the Civil War for printing field dispatches and orders.

The Lowe uses a revolving cone-shaped roller instead of a cylindrical one; most of these were iron, though some of the smaller sizes sometimes had wooden cones. The cone itself was not new in a printing press; John Nicolay had patented a 'rotary cone printing press' in 1852. Lowe's patent therefore specified the impression adjustment mechanism.

**Please note that the Excelsior Model P is also a very adorable press!

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