Hall Double Cylinder Press

Print, Photographic

Accession Number: 2011.52.4

Description: Black-and-white glossy photo mounted to gray matboard with a black border; man in bowtie, white shirt, and grimy light-colored coveralls stands behind the Hall Double Cylinder Press on the third floor of the 1923 western annex of the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, KY; his hands grasp a large sheet of paper as he prepares to feed it into the press; a stack of paper rests on a slanted feed table; an electric motor in the left foreground is connected to a spoked drive wheel on the front of the press; chain link cage/guard surrounds the motor and belt; a series of three wooden three-paned sash windows are in the background with bright light shining through, shades are pulled down, with only one row of panes visible; a radiator is visible in both right and left background behind the press, two calendars on wall to right, one a monthly for March 1931, the second a daily for Monday, March 30, 1931; pendulum case-clock on wall to left; press stands on oil cloth tacked to floor.

Medium: Photographic Paper on mat board

Print Size: 9.625 x 7.75"

Date: 30-Mar-31

Photographer: unknown

History/Provenance: Photograph was recovered from APH cafe, where it and others were used as decoration for many years. New superintendent Susan Merwin (1874-1923) ordered at least one press from the Hall Printing Press Company in Dunellen, NJ in 1921 as part of moves to modernize the plant. It was a double cylinder press.

Subjects: Braille Printing presses