Patent Model of a Multiple Color Printing Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for improvements in the smooth movement of multicolor presses. The invention was granted patent number 228517.
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date made
ca 1880
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Crump, Samuel
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 16.8 cm x 16.5 cm x 25 cm; 6 5/8 in x 6 1/2 in x 9 13/16 in
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


Samuel Crump was my great grandfather. He is widely recognized as one of the earliest multi-color lithographers. He took over his father's printing business which had been operating in NYC. The business expanded and eventually the main office was in Montclair, New Jersey, where Label Street still exists, the site of his printing plant.. He was known for printing very beautiful and artistic multi-color labels used on canned food products. He also printed trade cards, known as business cards in today's parlance. I would be happy to hear from anyone who has examples of his printed items or who might be interested in sharing information about him or his business. I have a lot of information about the Crump family. Their youngest child, Julia Elder (Crump) Darling, was my grandmother.

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