Printing Press - Chandler & Price Automatic Platen, New Series, Letterpress, late 1920s Object Reg. No: HT 15178

Letterpress platen printing press manufactured by Chandler and Price, Cleveland, Ohio sometime between 1926 and 1930. It is a standard New Series Chandler & Price supplied with an automatic feeder attachment manufactured by Kluge. The feeder was patented in 1923.

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 Chandler & Price machine came in many sizes and many are still in use in 2008, when this was written. The introduction of the automatic feeder was designed to compete against new machinery coming onto the market post-WW I (1914-1918). It is not known if the machine was supplied with the feeder from the factory, or if the feeder was marketed separately by its manufacturer.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Fred Matlock, 1991
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1650 mm (Height), 1100 mm (Width), 1500 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: These dimensions apply when the machine is open. Historical dimensions: Crown Folio (10 inch by 15 inch).The feeder attachment to the platen takes a maximum of 37 cm by 25 cm sheet (10 inch by 15 inch)

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Tagged with: printing equipment, printing presses
Themes this item is part of: Letterpress Printing, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Printing
Tertiary Classification: printing presses
Inscriptions: Serial Number of Press is C69852

Metal label on rocker:
S. Cooke Proprietary

Metal label on feeder:
Kluge Feeder
Manufactured by
Brandtjen & Kluge, Inc.
St Paul, Minn., USA
Patented Oct 30 1923 Serial No: 10604
(The serial number of the press can be found on the bed in the upper left corner where the chase fits.)

Feeder attachment: Kluge Feeder, Serial No: 10604
Cast on Rocker: Chandler & Price
Cast on roller bearer - rear: The Chandler & Price Co/Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Manufacturer: Chandler & Price, Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America, 1926-1930

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