Copy Press, 1890-1910

Summary

The copy press, while visually similar to certain printing presses, serves a different function. These devices were used to make copies of handwritten correspondence or drawings. A document written in water-soluble ink was moistened and placed in the press to make a duplicate. James Watt--who improved upon and invented important steam engines--patented the perfected copy press in 1780.

The copy press, while visually similar to certain printing presses, serves a different function. These devices were used to make copies of handwritten correspondence or drawings. A document written in water-soluble ink was moistened and placed in the press to make a duplicate. James Watt--who improved upon and invented important steam engines--patented the perfected copy press in 1780.

Artifact

Copy press

Date Made

1890-1910

Creators

Racine Malleable and Wrought Iron Co. 

Place of Creation

United States, Wisconsin, Racine 

Creator Notes

Made by Racine Malleable and Wrought Iron Co. in Racine, Wisconsin.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

31.767.19

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of A. H. Haas.

Material

Cast Iron

Dimensions

Height: 15.0 in

Width: 16.0 in

Depth: 10.0 in

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