Patent Model for a Rotary and Perfecting Web Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a rotary and perfecting web press; the invention was granted patent number 169796. The rotary press has two type cylinders, two impression cylinders, and a knife to cut the sheet from the web of paper before the first impression was made.
Half the rights were assigned to Calvert B. Cottrell and Nathan Babcock, press builders, of Westerly, Rhode Island. Joseph Firm (born 1837) followed an interest in printing from his high school days. Apprenticed to Harper & Row and later employed by Frank Leslie, he was responsible for many patents and particularly concerned with large, fast presses. After 1892 he associated himself with the Goss Printing Press Company, which built some of his presses.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model; press, printing
date made
ca 1875
patent date
1875-11-09
patentee
Firm, Joseph L.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in x 5 in; 29.845 cm x 20.955 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
GA*24906
patent number
169796
accession number
1978.1070
catalog number
GA*24906
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Industry & Manufacturing
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Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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