Lowe Press, 1856-1866

Summary

The Lowe printing press was one of the earliest portable, low price American presses designed for amateur use. The usual flat platen was replaced by a rolling conical cylinder--which was an interesting experiment--but produced irregular impressions. Presses like this became a solution during the Civil War to print military orders in the field.

The Lowe printing press was one of the earliest portable, low price American presses designed for amateur use. The usual flat platen was replaced by a rolling conical cylinder--which was an interesting experiment--but produced irregular impressions. Presses like this became a solution during the Civil War to print military orders in the field.

Artifact

Printing press

Date Made

1856-1866

Creators

Lowe, Samuel W. 

Place of Creation

United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 

Creator Notes

Patented by Samuel W. Lowe.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

33.76.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cast Iron

Inscriptions

on arm: S.W. LOWE'S / PAT JULY 29, 1856

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