Ramage Hand-lever Printing Press, circa 1809

Summary

This hand-operated printing press is one of the oldest remaining in the United States. America's premier press maker, Adam Ramage, made it in Philadelphia in about 1809. He was the first American to improve printing presses and began a tradition of American innovations in printing press design. With this press, two journeymen printers printed about 250 one-sided sheets per hour.

This hand-operated printing press is one of the oldest remaining in the United States. America's premier press maker, Adam Ramage, made it in Philadelphia in about 1809. He was the first American to improve printing presses and began a tradition of American innovations in printing press design. With this press, two journeymen printers printed about 250 one-sided sheets per hour.

Artifact

Hand press

Date Made

circa 1809

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

30.1218.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Oak (Wood)
Wood (Plant material)
Iron (Metal)

Color

Black (Color)
Brown

Dimensions

Height: 80.5 in

Width: 52 in

Length: 70.5 in

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