Printer's Proof Press, 1895-1900

Summary

Before large editions of books or newspapers went into production on mechanized presses, proof presses were often used to make single prints--to proofread hand-set type galleys. Hand presses were becoming obsolete in the late 19th century, but Shniedewend marketed his device as a way to check the quality of photo-engraved image blocks. It is functionally identical to a Washington press.

Before large editions of books or newspapers went into production on mechanized presses, proof presses were often used to make single prints--to proofread hand-set type galleys. Hand presses were becoming obsolete in the late 19th century, but Shniedewend marketed his device as a way to check the quality of photo-engraved image blocks. It is functionally identical to a Washington press.

Artifact

Printing press

Date Made

1895-1900

Creators

Paul Shniedewend & Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

Creator Notes

Made by Paul Shniedewend & Company in Chicago, Illinois.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

30.855.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Brass (Alloy)
Cast iron
Steel (Alloy)
Wood (Plant material)

Color

Gold (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 73.5 in

Width: 53 in

Depth: 68 in

Inscriptions

front: PRINTERS PROOF PRESS / MADE BY / PAUL SHNIEDEWEND & CO. / CHICAGO U S A above toggle: NO. 199

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