Photo a Day Challenge

Hamilton Print Museum

Under Pressure

Under Pressure

 

The old paper cutter appears to exert more than enough pressure via mechanical leverage to cut through multiple stacks of poster board.


Why Don’t You Write Me

Why Don't You Write Me

 

. . . all you have to do is set it up and print it on a Linotype at the Hamilton Museum and send it via snail mail . . .


Line ’em Up

Line 'em Up

 

This old lining machine was used to print lines on paper;  each length of string carried ink which was transferred to paper.  The paper was run through in one direction for horizontal lines, then turned 90 degrees and run through again for vertical lines.  Used to print ledgers.


Changes

Changes

 

Metal replaces wood.


As Time Goes By

As Time Goes By

Ben Franklin’s press evolves into this.


All Those Years Ago

All Those Years Ago

 

A Ben Franklin printing press.


Blue Moon

Blue Moon

 

I heard somebody whisper please adore me

And when I looked to the Moon it turned to gold . . .

 


The Figure of Eight

The Figure of Eight

 

A figure of 8 template.


Turn Turn Turn

turn Turn Turn

The pantograph traces a pattern’s edge with a stylus which transfers its movement to a piece of endwood to create an exact copy of the pattern.  The copy arm contains a small air powered router with a cutting bit turning at 50,000 revolutions per minute.

The operator has access  to countless patterns or templates which have been cut on scroll saws and stored in drawers.  The pantograph adjusts to cut type blocks of various sizes from the pattern.


You Got It

You Got It

 

Endwood slabs must be planed down to type height of .918” within 003” as measured by this dial gauge.  Any out of spec area is encircled by the operator and discarded when the end wood is cut down to size for a particular type.


The First Cut Is The Deepest

The first cut is the deepest

 

After a log is cut in half lengthwise with a band saw, a carriage saw is used to cut slab pieces called endwood  to provide end grain wood for type measuring 3/8” to 5“.  When a cartload had been cut, it was taken to a drying shed.

 


Image

Handle With Care

Handle With Care


It Takes Two

It Takes Two

 

These two wood types are combined with two different colored inks to make a single two color print.


54321

54321

 

. . .Minus one.

 


Golden Brown

Golden Brown

Wood and metal type are displayed at Hamilton Museum.


Colours

web-Letters

 

While in Two Rivers, we visited the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum.