Make your own free website on Tripod.com




Our Letterpresses



Chandler and Price 8x12



This is an Old Style C&P Press built in 1900. It served in a print shop in Cairo, New York, a small village nestled in the Eastern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. "Legs" Diamond, a renowned gangster of the 1920s often stayed in Cairo. I suppose it's possible that something relating to "Legs" was printed on this press. I bought it in 1970, moved it to Hudson, NY, where it stayed for 30 years. I used it to print scores of tickets, QSL Cards, business cards, a lot of things for model railroaders, stationery, envelopes and a few brochures. It stood idle for a number of years because it became easier to Desk-top-Publish using the computer. We moved to Cairo in 2008 and had the press moved to its new home. Soon, with its rollers re-cast and its treadle re-installed, it will once again do what it does best. . . print!



Kelsey Hand Press 5x8



The Kelsey Hand Press was my second press. It can put out incredible work for it's size. I ordered it from Kelsey sometime in the late 1960s and used it for several years before finding the C&P. It's limitations were speed and size of work that could be printed. Otherwise, it was, and is, a very fine press. I have had it's rollers recast and will probably use it for small jobs and just for the fun of it!



Small Hand Press 2 x 4



I don't remember where this press came from. I think my dad came across it somewhere in his travels. I played around with it during high school using linotype lines set at the Newspaper to print small cards, etc. I took it to college with me and printed cards and things for my friends. There isn't any manufacturer's name anywhere on this press. It does have a removeable chase and had two rollers that have been lost. I have read that small presses like this one and the one below were used by travelling salesmen to print business and advertising cards.



Little Hand Press 2 x 4



This is another small press that I've had for a long time. I don't know where it came from, it might be another of my dad's finds over the years. I have never printed anything with it. It never had an ink roller. The chase size is 3 x 2 and is part of the roller-bearers and press bed. It's held in by a single bolt, so you could use the entire thing to compose and lock up your type. Embossed on the rear of the platen is "Baltimore No. 9".







Web Site by WA2FTI | Copyright © 2009 by David L. Clapper, Cairo, NY 12413