Re: [PPLetterpress] Parlour Press
- Texas A&M University offers a yearly book history workshop (
http://cushing.library.tamu.edu/events/book-history-workshop) and they have
10 or so of these parlour presses for use by the workshop participants. I
believe they were built by Stephen Pratt, who also built a reproduction
wooden handpress also used in the workshop.
Really the whole workshop is a great experience - I actually got to do the
whole historical type casting process from the punch/counter punch to
pouring the metal into the hand mold and sanding down the end product.
On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 3:48 PM, Arie Koelewyn <koelewyn@...> wrote:
> I've seen three of these Parlour Presses. There was an (original?) iron
> one offered a few years ago on eBay. I later saw it in the collection
> of Ed Regan. The International Printing Museum in Carson, CA has a
> wooden version that is beautifully made. And I have a cruder wooden
> version in my basement that was made by John Bright, one-time owner of
> Sigwalt, that I acquired at his estate sale a some years ago. I used it
> to print a small edition of a print of a fairly large cut. It printed
> well, but the lever was manufactured too short and John had welded a
> bead of metal onto the end. That broke off after about 50 impressions.
> the press came with a copy of Holzappfel's book.
> Maybe something like these would be a fair solution to the incredible
> prices of tabletop presses these days.
> ---Arie C. Koelewyn
> The Paper Airplane Press
> East Lansing, MI
> typetom@... <typetom%40aol.com> wrote:
> > In principle it makes sense to call these parlor presses, but there
> > actually was a press historically referred to by the name Parlour
> > Press. It is
> > described by James Moran in his classic book, Printing Presses, and a
> > full
> > description and illustrations were included in the 3rd edition (1840) of
> > Charles Holtzappfel's Printing Apparatus for the Use of Amateurs.
> > Holtzappfel
> > credits Edward Cowper with its invention, and apparently offered them for
> > sale in the 1830s. It is a small flat-bed press with the pressure
> > delivered
> > by a lever which hooks under a latch when the press is closed. A similar
> > device is used on the Adana flat-bed press in modern times.
> > All these references are from English printing history. I don't know
> > of any
> > direct use of the term in American printing, though certainly there was a
> > long history of amateur printing in the US as well. The Parlour Press
> > predates most American hobby presses. The Golding Pearl was patented
> > in 1871;
> > Kelsey began in 1872. There were small card presses made in the US as
> > early
> > as the 1830s, but presses advertised for amateurs seem to have been
> > later -
> > the Lowe cone press in 1856, the Adams Cottage Press in 1861. Most of the
> > American hobby presses date from the 1870s or 1880s. The National Amateur
> > Press Association was organized in 1876.
> > Tom
> > Tom Parson/ Now It's Up To You
> > 157 S Logan, Denver CO 80209
> > (303) 777-8951 - home & letterpress printshop
> > (720) 480-5358 - cranky cellphone
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> > <http://www.froglok.com/typetom/>) (way out of
> > date website!)
> > In a message dated 10/27/2009 10:30:28 A.M. Mountain Daylight Time,
> > wd4nka@... <wd4nka%40bellsouth.net> <mailto:
> wd4nka%40bellsouth.net <wd4nka%2540bellsouth.net>> writes:
> > ...Steve: I'm glad you used the term "Parlour Presses".
> > Heh, I've called them that, but only as a guess. I did not know, in fact,
> > that they were actually called such. Now I feel vindicated :>)...
> > -gary
> > G. Johanson, Settlement Printer
> > Florida Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts
> > Barberville / Deltona, Florida.
> > --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com <PPLetterpress%40yahoogroups.com>
> > <mailto:PPLetterpress%40yahoogroups.com<PPLetterpress%2540yahoogroups.com>>,
> Steve Robison
> > <robisonsteve@...>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > ...Pearls were known as "Parlor Presses" because they could come
> > through
> > residential doorways into one's parlor. A lot of great writers and poets
> > got started by printing their own works in their homes on small parlor
> > presses like the Pearl.
> > >
> > > Best wishes,
> > >
> > > Steve Robison
> > > The Robison Press
> > > Belmont, CA - about 25 miles south of San Francisco
> > > robisonsteve@...
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