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Re: Book Press vs Copy Press

I have one very similar and they are, indeed, "copying" presses but I have
NO idea the mechanism for making the copies - other than it obviously
involved pressure ! <g>  I use mine for books as well.

At 03:14 PM 5/4/97 -0400, you wrote:
>I purchased from a printer what looks to be a book press, but he told me it
>is actually a copy press.  It weighs 80 lbs., is cast iron, the base is
>16"x11", and the height with the screw plate fully closed is 13".  It has a
>flat rectangular piece of cast iron which screws down with a circular wheel
>to press the papers, and will take a document up to 3-1/2" thick.  He told
>me the purpose of this press was to make copies of documents prior to the
>invention of carbon paper.  A piece of onion skin type paper was slightly
>dampened and placed on top of the page to be copied.  After sitting in the
>press the ink wicked up through the onion skin to make a copy (as opposed to
>a mirror image).
>My question is thus...is this in fact a copy press?  Does anyone know where
>I can research this piece of equipment?  I do, in fact, use it as a book
>press and it works quite well.
>Thank you for any information anyone can give me.
>d. guffey
David in Maryland

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