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The Little Wonder - Harris E1 Press Restoration

Started by Dave Hughes, April 22, 2022, 08:51:33 AM

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Dave Hughes

A beautiful video about the restoration of a long-forgotten press that was so far ahead of its time that printers refused to believe the claims of its manufacturer.

At a time when printers were feeding 25 sheets per minute, the Harris automatically-fed press was able to print 250 per minute, 15,000 per hour.

It was held back a little by the fact that it printed from a stereo, or copper electro. Small jobbing printers in the early 1900s did not have the facilities to make them.

The "wobble gear" has got to be seen to be believed!

The press in the video was restored by the Howard Iron Works Museum, here's what they've got to say about it:

"The Little Wonder - Harris E1 Press - The Little Press That Really Could

It all began in Niles, Ohio, in the early 1890s, when two brothers, Alfred and Charles G. Harris, jewelers, started working on a feeding device for a printing press to help out a neighbouring business, the Niles Independent newspaper. Having been bitten by the "inventing" bug, the brothers came back from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, with a mission and determination to not only construct the feeder but also design a brand-new FAST printing press. In December 1895, the Harris Automatic Press Company was incorporated, and by Spring 1896, a group of men watched as Charles threw the drive belt onto a pulley. The damn thing worked! 

And, the rest is history . . . .

Read the full article about The Little Wonder here:

The "Little Wonder": How the two Harris brothers rocked the printing world

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