Letterpress Bronzing.

Kolbach Bronzing MachineBy far the greater bulk of let­ter­press work in gold is pro­duced by bronz­ing, and the res­ults obtained by this method are excel­lent.
The pro­cess involves, first, print­ing the sheet in a tacky medium such as bronze pre­par­a­tion and then dust­ing it with bronze powder which adheres to the pre­par­a­tion.
It is then lightly burn­ished to smooth and brighten the bronze and then the loose bronze is cleaned off the sheet.
Small work can be bronzed by hand, but the work must be car­ried out under vacuum.
Bronz­ing machines have been avail­able for a period of years.
During the 1960s  if you did any bronzing whatsoever you had to drink a pint of milk a day (paid for by the Boss).
What the milk had in it to neutralise any bronze powder in the air I will never know.
Then in the early 1970s some bright spark said we would have to start drinking a bottle of Coca Cola a day.
Now that did make me feel worse.
via Gold Ink, Bronzing and Foil Printing | British Letterpress.

Albrecht Durer’s Drawing of a Printing Press, Nuremberg, Germany circa 1511.

Durer’s Drawing of a Printing Press
Sketch by Albrecht Durer, 1511, probably drawn from memory.
Tools shown on the cheek of the press are the same Y-shaped tool shown in the Ascensius press marks, and a pair of dividers.
Durer’s sketch. although it shows the screw running in the wrong direction, seems to be done from observation. (Durer was the godson of Nuremberg printer and publisher, Anton Koberger, and had a press in his home.)
In the well-known 1628 copperplate engraving published in Haarlem by Peter Scriverius, the scissors, dividers and paste-brush are shown again on the head of the press. In this engraving, called “the first accurate representation of a press,” the mysterious tool of 1520 is not shown.
A hammer or mallet is shown hanging from the left cheek of the press, used of course for planing the form and setting the quoins and sidesticks.
Sidesticks were strips of wood or metal; when wedged against quoins, they secured one side of a locked-up page.
Source: Early Printer’s Tools – Letterpress Commons

The Stanhope Press lands in South Australia, 1836.

03_stanhope_press_98-97The first printing press which was landed with the Free Settlers of South Australia in late 1836 was a Stanhope (hand driven) Press, which was located in a crude tent occupied by the Thomas family on the North Bend of the “Paddywallunga” River at Glenelg.
The Stanhope Press was owned by Mr Robert Thomas and Mr George Stevenson, Secretary to Governor Hindmarsh, the State’s first Governor.
The Act of Proclamation and first Government Gazette had been printed in England some six months before the Settlers arrived. The Proclamation Ceremony was held at Glenelg in December, 1836.
The Captain of the ship that landed the Stanhope Press felt the metal type on board would make perfect ballast for his crossing of the treacherous Tasman Sea to Hobart.
A frustrated Robert Thomas was finally re-united with his precious cases of metal type some time after the first landing. In June, 1837, the second edition of the Government Gazette and Colonial Register was produced.
At that time the Printing Office had been moved to Hindley Street, Adelaide.

Printing Machinist’s Roller Gauge.

Roller Gauge
This is a metal tool that vaguely resembles a lollipop. One end has a metal cylinder which has a diameter of .918″ (type high), connected to a long handle.
When slid along the bed of the press under inked rollers, a the width of stripe of ink left on the cylinder will signify the height of the rollers.
Proper roller height will leave a mark approximately 1/16″ wide (~2mm, or the width of a nickel).
No mark or a hairline mark shows that your rollers are too high.
A wide mark shows that rollers are too low.
When checking height, each roller should be checked on both sides of the press bed.
Damaged rollers will produce skewed results.roller gauges.
Story and Image Credit: Kyle Van Horn.
Source: General Tools and Supplies – Letterpress Commons

The Type High Gauge.

Type High Gauge
This tool measures the height of a piece of type or a forme and came in a variety of styles.
The most common is a forked tool into which the type is placed. A set of marks scored into the gauge note type high.
Like the roller gauge, this tool is very useful when troubleshooting problems on press and will help eliminate problem issues.
Image Credit: Photograph by Kyle Van Horn
Source: General Tools and Supplies – Letterpress Commons

Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum’s address is now 1816 10th Street, Two Rivers, Wisconsin, a short distance from their original location with a stunning view of Lake Michigan.
The building is more than twice the size of the old museum and was previously owned by the Formrite Company of Two Rivers.


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