Ramage Press, 1850-1860

Summary

Adam Ramage of Philadelphia was the first well-known press maker in America, in business from 1800-1850. He improved upon older wooden presses, using iron for the bed and platen, and a larger screw mechanism. Its low cost and small size made the Ramage popular as a proofing and job press. This "foolscap" press was made by Ramage's successor, Frederick Bronstrup.

Adam Ramage of Philadelphia was the first well-known press maker in America, in business from 1800-1850. He improved upon older wooden presses, using iron for the bed and platen, and a larger screw mechanism. Its low cost and small size made the Ramage popular as a proofing and job press. This "foolscap" press was made by Ramage's successor, Frederick Bronstrup.

Artifact

Printing press

Date Made

1850-1860

Creators

Ramage, Adam, 1771 or 1772-1850 

Bronstrup, Frederick 

Place of Creation

United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 

Creator Notes

Made by Frederick Bronstrup in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

35.595.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Brass (Alloy)
Iron (Metal)
Wood (Plant Material)

Dimensions

Height: 63 in

Width: 36 in

Depth: 46.5 in

Inscriptions

rear plate: F. BRONSTRUP / SUCCR TO / A RAMAGE / NO 302 / PHILA.

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