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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Throwback Thursday Object: More 160th Anniversary Materials and Information



 

January 25, 2018
 
This week the Printing House celebrated the 160th anniversary of our founding in January, 1858.  But that date recognizes the formal charter issued to the company by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Our object celebrates the fulfilment of that charter, when the company actually embossed its first tactile pages in 1866.  This engraved print was published in the March 5, 1864 edition of the Scientific American Magazine.  It illustrates a unique iron printing press, designed by famed designer Stephen P. Ruggles, specifically for APH.  The disruptions caused by the Civil War delayed any actual work on the press until an experimental edition of “A Book of Stories and Fables for Children” by the English writer John Gay was embossed in 1866.

Photo caption:  Engraving on paper of a four-legged iron printing press, with a large, spoked fly-wheel in the foreground connected by gears to a central cylinder.
Micheal Hudson
Museum Director, APH

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