Patent Model for a Rotary and Perfecting Web Press

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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.
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date made
ca 1875
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Firm, Joseph L.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 11 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in x 5 in; 29.845 cm x 20.955 cm x 12.7 cm
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National Museum of American History