Patent Model for a Double Cylinder Flatbed Printing Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for various improvements on the English presses of Applegath, Napier, and others, especially methods of stopping and reversing the press bed in its travel and of raising the impression cylinders to allow the bed to pass underneath. The invention was granted patent number 2629.
This was the patent for Hoe's Pony press, built specifically for the New York Sun to print 5-6,000 impressions per hour. Richard March Hoe (1812-1886) was the son of Robert Hoe, founder of the original company, which he took over in 1833 after his father's death. Among many outstanding inventions, his most famous press was the Lightning of 1846. He was also known for solicitous management of his employees, for whom he set up set up a free but compulsory apprentice school.
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Object Name
patent model; press, printing
date made
ca 1842
patent date
Hoe, Richard March
Hoe, Richard March
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 15 in x 11 in x 25 1/4 in; 38.1 cm x 27.94 cm x 64.135 cm
ID Number
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accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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