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                                                                                                                   㫛 Ϗϓώ ù›ƒÙ ʽ— ‘ʽçЮƒÄ ͜›ƒ¦½›͝ ÖٛÝÝ «ƒÝ ››Ä ٛÝãÊٛ—  BLACKPOOL’S OLDEST PRINTING HOUSE,
                                                                                                                   ãÊ ®ãÝ ¥ÊÙÛ٠¦½ÊÙù ù Êě Ê¥ ½ƒÄ‘ƒÝ«®Ù›͝Ý Ê½—›Ýã ÖÙ®Äã®Ä¦  Moulton PrinƟng, has brought a liƩle bit of
                                                                                                                   ¥®ÙÃÝ, ÃÊç½ãÊÄ ÖÙ®Äã®Ä¦, ãÊ Ý«Êó‘ƒÝ› 㫛 ÖÙ®Äã®Ä¦           history to life through the restoraƟon of a 150
                                                                                                                   ®Ä—çÝãÙù͝Ý «›Ù®ãƒ¦›.                                        year old prinƟng press.

                                                                                                                                                                               The Columbian press, also known as an ‘Eagle
                                                                                                                                                                               Press’ due to the large American Bald Eagle
                                                                                                                                                                               perched on the top of the machine, is now on
                                                                                                                                                                               display at Moulton PrinƟng on Highfield Road
                                                                                                                                                                               aŌer undergoing a £4,000 restoraƟon.

                                                                                                                                                                               Invented by American George E. Clymer in
                                                                                                                                                                               1813, the Eagle Press was designed to allow
                                                                                                                                                                               a whole newspaper page to be printed in a
                                                                                                                                                                               single press.

                                                                                                                                                                               Cassandra Moulton, Director of Moulton
                                                                                                                                                                               PrinƟng, says: “The restoraƟon of our Eagle
                                                                                                                                                                               Press has brought the machine back to life.
                                                                                                                                                                               It’s uncovered the fascinaƟng symbolic detail
                                                                                                                                                                               woven into the Victorian decoraƟon. It is by
                                                                                                                                                                               far the most lavishly decorated of the old
                                                                                                                                                                               hand presses.”

                                                                                                                                                                               On the anƟque press the American eagle
                                                                                                                                                                               perches defiantly with outstretched wings
                                                                                                                                                                               and open beak on the main counterbalance
                                                                                                                                                                               lever. In its talons, it clutches a thunderbolt,
                                                                                                                                                                               represenƟng war, the olive branch of peace
                                                                                                                                                                               and the cornucopia, or Horn of Plenty,
                                                                                                                                                                               signifying prosperity. Also included in the
                                                                                                                                                                               ornamentaƟon is the caduceus, the winged
                                                                                                                                                                               staff and intertwined serpents of Hermes,
                                                                                                                                                                               the messenger of the ancient Greek Gods.
                                                                                                                                                                               Taken together all these elements signify the
                                                                                                                                                                               power of the printed word and its role in our
                                                                                                                                                                               civilisaƟon.

                                                                                                                                                                               The Eagle Press is now on permanent display
                                                                                                                                                                               at Moulton PrinƟng, 132 Highfield Road,
                                                                                                                                                                               Blackpool and available for members of the
                                                                                                                                                                               public to view.

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