Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Our New Press!

As I mentioned yesterday, my husband and I attended the L.A. Printers Fair over the weekend where we purchased a second press for the studio - a new style 10x15 Chandler & Price (as of now, not sure of the year - '20s or '30s). For those of you not familiar with presses, the easiest way to tell the difference between a new style press (and by new I mean from 1911 until present), and an old style press are the spokes. Wavy spokes (like my Golding Pearl) are old-style; while straight spokes (like my C&P) are new style.

Our newest addition

Right now it's still at the museum as there are a few minor adjustments we need to make before it's ready for work: cleaning it up, re-staining the feed boards, installing a new motor belt, getting new rollers, the typical issues a buyer generally runs into when purchasing an old press such as this.

Because we were pretty much dealing with the press the whole time, I didn't get to snap very many photos of the fair. If you ever get a chance though, it's a really interesting event full of demonstrations and vendors who sell their cards, prints, and other fun items - even letterpresses! You can check out this community photo board to see the amazing pictures others took while at the fair.

Here are some more images of our new press, and I'll definitely have more news to share in the coming weeks as we get ready to move it in.

My husband probably thinking, "what the hell did we just buy?"

The whole lot of presses for sale. Ours is the far right.

The adjustable motor

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