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NAME THE PRESS? 15                        innovator moving from cast iron to the more
                                               lighter wrought iron; creaƟng the unusual
Please let us know what press you might        toggle to impose the pressure on the press
think this is, by the 10th of the month, to    bed. There are sƟll around half a dozen of
the editor@bpsnet.org.uk or sparƟcles@         these presses to be seen in America. Thank
hotmail.co.uk.                                 you David for all that.

1 4 THE PRESS This press was a Bronstrup       The rather lovely engraved image was taken
                                               from Matrix 12, published in 1992 by the
Press and was made by Fred Bronstrup in        Whiƫngton Press. The explanaƟon is this
Philadelphia in 1850. Thank you Paul Woolley   publicaƟon is:
(10640) for being the first to email us back
with the correct answer. BUT: We also had      “The Philadelphia Press (1834 - 1850) was
an email from David Beverley (7593), George    devised by the Scotsman Adam Ramage, who
Webb (5265), and Mike Edwards (10375) who      went to America in 1795, aged twenty-three.
said that the press has a complex history.     Ramage used wrought iron and a truss at
Some would call it the Ramage, while Stephen   the top of the of the press instead of a solid
Saxe in his book on “American hand Presses”    beam, and claimed ‘the whole press is not half
says Adam Ramage who went from Scotland        the weight of the cast iron presses, and is so
to America (and was succeeded by Frederick     constructed so that a man can carry each of
Bronstrup from Germany) and called the         the pieces, with the excepƟon of the bed’. It
design the Philadelphia (1834 - 1850) and the  was not popular, and only a handful survive.
Bronstrup from 1850. Ramage was an early       One is sƟll owned by the Desert News in Salt
                                               Lake City, where it printed the first ediƟon in
                                               1850".

                                               I also should have added more explanaƟon to
                                               the Name the Press 13 in the March issue. It
                                               was of course a litho press and I should have
                                               made this clearer.

                                               Derek NuƩall (9693) had the following
                                               interesƟng comments: The press is a Scraper
                                               Litho Press, sƟll in common use in art school
                                               print departments. These were specifically
                                               designed for prinƟng from litho stones, hence
                                               the screw which could be used to lower or
                                               raise the blade to suit the varying thicknesses
                                               of litho stones. My unpleasant memory of
                                               using one of these presses when showing a
                                               student how to operate it was giving myself
                                               a hernia! Believe me they were very hard to
                                               use and required a great deal of strength,
                                               parƟcularly with large stones. They were
                                               made by various makers.

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