Appleton Searches for Oldest Printing Presses

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                                                                                             Appleton Searches for Oldest Printing Presses
                                                                The search by Appleton for the oldest printing presses among        fulness and pride of heritage by hanging onto equipment man-
                                                                carbonless sheet printing businesses uncovered some true            ufactured long before they were born.”
                                                                antiques, some of which are still in use as pieces of living his-
                                                                tory. Appleton manufactures NCR Paper brand carbonless, and         Winners were segmented into three categories: Oldest Press,
                                                                asked carbonless sheet printers to submit pictures and stories      Oldest Press Still Running, and Oldest Press Using NCR Paper
                                                                about the oldest presses in their shops. The presses could be       Brand Carbonless.
                                                                working or not. The only qualifier was that they be “old.”
                                                                                                                                                      The “Oldest Press” honors went to Rob
                                                                “Sheet printers are very entrepreneurial craftsmen and proud                          Hill, Printing USA, Orlando, Fla., for his
                                                                about hanging onto equipment whether it runs or not,” said                            Washington Hand Press, Model No. 6, made
                                                                Jenny Boone, marketing director, carbonless papers, with                              by R. Hoe & Co., circa 1849. The unit is on
                                                                Appleton. “We thought it would be interesting to find out what                        permanent display in the shop’s lobby. This
                                                                pieces of printing history carbonless printers have and what                          model was one of the largest presses of this
                                                                they would be willing to share about it.                                              type manufactured by Hoe. The bed size is
                                                                                                                                                      29.5x46 inches.
                                                                “We uncovered some equipment dating back to before the turn
                                                                of the last century. It appears printers leverage their resource-                      According to Hill, the press was uncovered in a
                                                                                                                                    little-used storage basement of the former Wistar Institute Press on
                                                                                                                                    the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The
                                                                                                                                    press was in use until 1910.

                                                                                                                                    “The press is the center of attention in my lobby,” Hill said.
                                                                                                                                    “When a customer or school field trip visits my shop, it
                                                                                                                                    reminds everyone just how far we’ve advanced since this press
                                                                                                                                    was made.”

                                                                                                                                                      The “Oldest Press Still Running” winner
                                                                                                                                                      is Anthony Spitzer from Kalona Graphics,
                                                                                                                                                      Kalona, Iowa. His entry is an 1872 Gordon
Description: "The response to our contest confirms that carbonless sheet printers are very proud of their heritage and craftsmanship," [Jenny Boone] said. "It's great to see printing equipment that's over 130 years old and still relevant in the right hands."
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