Dating antique typewriters
Letter copying presses were used by the early 1780s by the likes of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. Tilden's Message to the Legislature, Albany, NY, Mar. show letter copying presses that were displayed at the 1851 Industrial Exhibition in London. was still using copy presses and press books for outgoing letters in 1913 (p. Production of copies was easiest if the user copied its letters into a single letter book in chronological order.In 1785, Jefferson was using both stationary and portable presses made by James Watt & Co. Bedini, (c.1830), a story set in Paris in 1823, Balzac wrote of a government office worker who carried a handwritten memorandum "to an autographic printing house, where he obtained two pressed copies," and of another office worker who was "considering whether these autographic presses could not be made to do the work of copying clerks." The image to the left shows a copying press patented in 1828 in the UK by Mr. Along with typewriters, letter copying presses are the most common machines found in photographs of late 19 century offices. 4-5) reports that the Illinois Central Railroad used copying presses to make copies of outgoing letters in press books at least from the late 1850s to 1896, that the Repauno Chemical Co. 181), and that the Hagley Museum and Library has press books that were used in the 1930s (p. In that case, the user needed to make an index so that letters of interest could later be retrieved.Sometimes they want to circulate copies of documents they create to several interested parties.
Although copies could be made up to twenty-four hours after a letter was written, copies made within a few hours were best.In addition to such stationary presses, James Watt & Co. Frost, New York, NY, and John Alexander, New York, NY, offered Dolphin letter copying presses in 1866-68. 92) Screw model letter copying presses were still marketed in 1950, and Proudfoot reports that an organization in London, England, was still using press books in the late 1950s. “This is essential to a screw copy press; for unless one pull will serve to raise or to depress the plate, much time is lost.” In addition to the press, offices needed to buy copying books that contained up to a thousand pages of tough tissue paper, copying ink, copying paper dampers, oiled paper, and blotting paper.