Advertisement for the Adams Cottage Press, about 1864

Kits for the Adams Cottage Press were sold in five different sizes, enabling the production of different-sized documents. The kits, along with the press, included printing equipment such as type, rollers, and ink.
The advertisement reads: To the army and navy . . . they will be found very useful. They can be packed within the compass of a common traveling trunk, and transported any distance without injury. We have supplied quite a number of regiments with portable printing offices, and they have given universal satisfaction. Rear-Admirals Farragut, Goldsborough and Bailey have each one of our printing offices in their respective fleets.
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Object Name
Object Type
date made
ca 1864
Adams Press Company
Watson, Joseph
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 23 cm x 16 cm; 9 1/16 in x 6 5/16 in
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Civil War
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Industry & Manufacturing
Cultures & Communities
Civil War Field Printing
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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