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Historic Printing Presses

From the Cary Graphic Arts Collection

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Albion Iron Handpress | Creator: Richard Whittaker Cope | ca. 1820

Albion-style handpresses were first developed around 1820 in England by Richard Whittaker Cope. Their design proliferated, making them relatively inexpensive and popular in common small-job print shops.

This Albion press housed in the Cary Collection belonged to the celebrated American artist John DePol (1913-2004), shown below inking one of his wood engravings. This press was also owned previously by prolific type designer, Frederic Goudy.