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Printing By Express

Started by Mechanic, October 31, 2010, 12:00:58 AM

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The following item appeared in an Australian newspaper in 1854. It is the earliest report I have found of a webfed printing press.The inventor likens it to an express train. My experience with large newspaper presses is they make more noise than an express train.

New York Exhibition 1854

Printing " by Express."-

In the New York Exhibition there is a new printing press which prints from uncut paper, rolling from a cylinder, and cuts and folds with perfect regularity 30,000 copies in an hour. There is no counteraction in the process, and consequently no time lost in returning motion. Both, sides are printed at the same time, and 30,000 per hour is a low estimate, since by increasing the speed they can be printed as fast as "paper or cloth can be unrolled from a cylinder. The inventor declares that he can print one mile of newspaper as fast as a locomotive can run on a railway !
George Finn (Mechanic)
Gold Coast

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