Prouty Power Press, circa 1880

Summary

Enoch Prouty was a Baptist minister who wanted to print a temperance newspaper. He could not afford a press--so he invented one. The long arms and rods on this "grasshopper" press move when operated. In 1892 and 1893, it received merit awards at Chicago's Columbian Exposition. This particular press printed an agricultural journal in Ohio in the 1920s.

Enoch Prouty was a Baptist minister who wanted to print a temperance newspaper. He could not afford a press--so he invented one. The long arms and rods on this "grasshopper" press move when operated. In 1892 and 1893, it received merit awards at Chicago's Columbian Exposition. This particular press printed an agricultural journal in Ohio in the 1920s.

Artifact

Printing press

Date Made

circa 1880

Creators

Prouty, Enoch 

W.G. Walker & Company 

Ball Brothers Company, Inc. 

Place of Creation

United States, Wisconsin, Madison 

Creator Notes

Made by W.G. Walker & Company and Ball Brothers in Madison, Wisconsin. Patented by Enoch Prouty.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Print & Tin Shop

Object ID

29.999.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cast iron
Wood (Plant material)

Dimensions

Height: 5 ft

Width: 6.667 ft

Depth: 8.583 ft

Inscriptions

iron support bracket on either side: WALKER & CO. MFGS / PROUTY POWER PRESS NO. 1 / BUILT BY BALL BROS. MADISON WIS.

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