Author(s): Stephen O. Saxe
From its early 15th cent. until the start of the 19th cent., the methods and equipment of printing changed remarkably little. The essential techniques of punch, matrix, type mould and handset type remained unaltered for a total of 350 years. Then came the 19th cent. Iron was replacing wood and inventors were busy finding new ways to speed up work that had been done by hand. In the printing field the cylinder press came early in the century but parallel with this invention was the development of the iron hand press. The inventors and entrepreneurs of the era provided an extensive selection of presses from which to to choose. Here is the story of the iron hand press in North Amer. from its first appearance to final manufacture, along with wood engravings.