Month: March 2014

Compositors’ and Printers’ Handbook 1938

This is a recent acquisition. The pages are yellowed with age and the staples have decomposed but still some fascinating information in here, as well as some brilliant vintage advertising. 

I’m fascinated by the Co-operative Printing Society pushing for the 44 hour week, and also (for reasons of local interest) by the advert for the Lloyd Memorial Seaside Home in Deal. Might do a bit of sleuthing on that one. 

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Minerva Platen – Complete

One day you answer an advert on eBay for a little Adana hand press, which may or may not work, and lug it back on a train from the big City. Two years later you find yourself elbow deep in grease wrestling with pieces of a late-Victorian printing press. I’m not sure how that happened. 

Tonight my excellent friends came and we spun the press around, and slowly pieced her back together. We affixed the platen bed to the base of the press and then slowly bolted everything in place, before putting the treadle, flywheel and impression lever in place. 

It’s such a relief to see the press back together, and more excitedly, back together and in my lounge. (it’s also good to be able to walk to the front door without having to ballet dance around a flywheel, but that is a side issue). 

There are a few bits to do – some running repairs, a tiny bit of welding, but soon enough she’ll be printing away. So exciting.

 

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