Printing Press - Adana, Clam Shell Platen, Unknown Date Object Reg. No: HT 15934

This is a letterpress platen printing press manufactured by Adana of London but the date of manufacture is unknown.

Letterpress is a term used to define the process of printing from a raised surface, be it type or block. The term takes it origins from the act of pressing a letter onto another substance, usually paper.

The machine is hand fed and has power operation. It has an inking drum compared to other platen presses which utilize an inking disc. It is powered by an electric motor and is hand fed from a single front table.

There is a chase on the bed.
Printing press; an metal standing mechanism with a tray, roller and electric motor.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Fred Matlock, 1991
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1200 mm (Height), 800 mm (Width), 700 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Historical dimensions: Royal Octavo

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Tagged with: printing equipment, printing presses, about 1951
Themes this item is part of: Letterpress Printing, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Printing
Tertiary Classification: printing presses
Inscriptions: Cast on flywheel: Adana/London
On the drive arm on the right: Adana/London
Delco Motor: (illegible)HP, S/P. Model No. M2309E/Serial No. 114 48/Made in Canada.
Manufacturer: Adana, London, England, Great Britain, Unknown


walter knight Posted on 17 Nov 2011 3:46 PM
I'd say it's a T/P48. T=Treadle, P=Powered. I gather they were first made in 1947 and became generally available in 1950. I own a treadle version.
Paul Woolley Posted on 15 Mar 2012 11:48 PM
This looks like a T48 (treadle) coverted to power. The power model had a safety guard.

We have a treadle at

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