Thursday, November 29, 2012

C & P—Pressman's Favorite

C & P—Pressman's Favorite

The title of this post is taken from one of the articles in Fred Williams newsletter.  Fred was a printer and Linotype operator who started printing his newsletter in 1974. Many of his first issues were done on his 8"x12" Gordan platen. This required four passes through the press, one for each page of the four page newsletter. Later he printed it on his 12"x18" Little Giant cylinder press made by American Type Founders. His press is presently residing in a warehouse in Hayward, California, the property of a collector and reseller.

A link to all the reprints of Type & Press published by Fred Williams from 1974 to 2000 is found here.


Chandler and Price starting manufacturing presses in 1884. They continued being made into the mid 1960s and about 100,000 were built. Read more about them here. 

The parent site for these is the Amalgamated Printers' Association. The APA was organized in 1958 as a hobby printers group so that members could improve their skills, expand their knowledge, and exchange samples of their letterpress work. Here is the link.


My 8" x 12" Chandler & Price Old Style circa 1901.

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