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NAME THE PRESS? 18                                  is hinged at floor level. I worked one during my
                                                    apprenƟceship at The Wolsey Press Ltd, Esher,
                                                    Surrey between 1954 and 59. It never sported
                                                    a duct but with frequent ink knife applicaƟons
                                                    could be relied upon to print matchless solids
                                                    without effort. It played second-fiddle to a
                                                    Double Demy Wharfedale, being run off the
                                                    same countershaŌ which tended to limit its
                                                    producƟve speed. It had no safety guard
                                                    but since the platen opened slowly almost to
                                                    the horizontal plane, it was never a cause of
                                                    anxiety.

Can you name this early c20th press? As             The July cover picture was taken by your
always; replies sent by the 10th of the month       editor when he stumbled on this prinƟng
to the editor@bpsnet.org.uk or sparƟcles@           press, during a boat cruise up the Rhône from
hotmail.co.uk.                                      Marseilles to Lyon in May. The water in the
                                                    river was too high for us to proceed further
NO. 17 NAME THE PRESS. I hope my short              upstream into Burgundy, so we had a couple of
arƟcle (following the member's reply below)         extra days in Lyon, which allowed us to go to
will explain the interesƟng history of this press.  the “Centre d’histoire de la résistance et de la
                                                    déportaƟon”, a museum housed in the former
                                                    Gestapo building where Klaus Barbie, the
                                                    ‘Butcher of Lyon’, held sway. The museum tells
                                                    the chilling story of the exclusionary policies
                                                    against Jews and the repression against the
                                                    extremely brave members of the Resistance
                                                    that included seƫng up a ClandesƟne Press.

                                                    The upper floors of the museum show blocks
                                                    and printed copy of Combat and LiberaƟon,
                                                    two of the newspapers that were circulated
                                                    around members of the resistance. However,
                                                    it was a huge surprise to descend to the cellar
                                                    of the building and see, on show, the ‘Minerva’
                                                    Press that had been used by the résistance
                                                    printer André Bollier. He had purchased the
                                                    press in Grenoble in parts and re-assembled it
                                                    in a basement in Lyon.

Well done Bernard Seward (5721) who said:
This an American Chandler & Price heavy
platen. Hardly a clam-shell since its bed frame

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