Washington Press, Used at the Cranbrook Academy of Art

Summary

The Washington Press established two innovations in printing history: a lightened metal frame for easier transport, and a toggle-joint mechanism to create impressions. Over 6000 of these rugged hand presses were sold between 1835-1902; many specialist printers continue to use them today. This press was donated by George Booth, Detroit News publisher and founder of the Cranbrook Educational Community.

The Washington Press established two innovations in printing history: a lightened metal frame for easier transport, and a toggle-joint mechanism to create impressions. Over 6000 of these rugged hand presses were sold between 1835-1902; many specialist printers continue to use them today. This press was donated by George Booth, Detroit News publisher and founder of the Cranbrook Educational Community.

Artifact

Printing press

Date Made

1855-1860

Creators

Rust, Samuel 

R. Hoe & Company 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Made by R. Hoe & Company in New York, New York. Patented by Samuel Rust.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Print & Tin Shop

Object ID

35.689.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of George G. Booth.

Material

Cast Iron
Iron (Metal)
Wood (Plant material)

Color

Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 68.5 in

Width: 37.0 in

Depth: 68.0 in

Inscriptions

front: WASHINGTON PRESS / R. HOE & CO. / NEW YORK / NO. 3957

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