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Printing Press - George Mann, Offset, 1920s Object Reg. No: ST 026522

Summary:
Rotary offset lithographic printing press, manufactured by George Mann & Co. Ltd. in the 1920s possibly. The provenance is unknown - probably bought new but the Australian agents have not been located.

The press was hand fed and has foot pedals to control operation. This would be an attractive press (with a high wooden delivery tables) demonstrating a unique method of press construction; the press was clearly used to print labels, transfers and decals and represents a totally different aspect of printing heritage than other items in the Museum collection. The press is currently set up to print a decal or label with the Australian Army insignia.
Statement Of Significance:
One of the earliest Mann presses and possibly the only one surviving in Australia.

This would be an attractive press (with a high wooden delivery tables) demonstrating a unique method of press construction; the press was clearly used to print labels, transfers and decals and represents a totally different aspect of printing heritage than other items in the Museum collection.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Simplex Transfers, 1969
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 187 cm (Height), 225 cm (Width), 200 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Hisdtorical dimensions: Royal (20 inch by 25 inch)

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Tagged with: printing, office equipment, i have a mann catalogue for metal decorating machines circa 1910 . it has 36 pages and a metal cover printed by f a atkins and co of leeds. if this item has any value or interest please let me know, regards les minall., i served 6years as an apprentice, i polished litho stones with granite, i used everdamp transfer paper, how many so called lithographic printers of today would even know what a tam o shanter stone was ., my mo ther s first husband who died shortly after ww1 worked for george mann co. and was sent to australia lived in perth to set up lithographic printing. prior to that they went to capetown for the same purpose.
Themes this item is part of: Litho Printing, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Printing
Tertiary Classification: printers
Inscriptions: Brass label: George Mann & Co. Ltd./Leeds & London/M/No: M 1256
The label contains a long list of granted patents in various countries, the latest being USA October 1916.
Manufacturer: George Mann & Co. Ltd, Leeds & London, England, Great Britain, circa 1920
References: Sources used by Peter Marsh (2 July 2007) for this record:
Museum Archives, File 00171/119/1, items 123 & 125. See also VPRS 9957/P2, Unit 37, file 82/33.
(VPRS = Victorian Public Record Series)

Comments

CDamian Posted on 22 Mar 2014 10:51 AM
don't have you a pic of this printing press?
Aldo Paredes Posted on 24 Nov 2014 12:37 PM
why is this machine the only one archive without a photo? sad of you bringing incomplete info
Paul Dingjan Posted on 22 Feb 2015 9:44 PM
I have brass plague in my shed and curiosity got the better of me to find out more . Thanks

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