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Printing Press - Clam Shell Platen, Treadle Operation, Johne Monopol, 1930s Object Reg. No: HT 15172

This clam shell type platen printing press was manufactured by Johne Monopol but the date of manufacture is unknown. The machine was used by the Government Printing Office and there is a record of a similar press purchased by them in 1937. It was a heavy duty press used for scoring and die-cutting. The letterpess machine was manufactured in Germany and is powered by an electric motor.
Metal standing mechanism with large flywheel and electric motor.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1450 mm (Height), 1150 mm (Width), 1200 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: The machine

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Themes this item is part of: Letterpress Printing, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Printing
Tertiary Classification: printing presses
Inscriptions: Label on safety guard: Monopol
Label on rocker: Johne
McColl Electric Motor/1 HP. No. GG 958/Hand painted in white is the VGPO number 201
Hand painted on machine is the No. 36, which is the VGPO ID.
User: Victorian Government Printing Office, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930-1989
Manufacturer: Johne Monopol, Germany, 1930-1937

The machine was purchased by the VGPO in 1937 and the dates are an estimate.
References: Sources used by Peter Marsh (10 July 2007) for this record:
VPRS 9957/P1, Unit 56, Item 87/103/1

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