Patent model for printing or decorating the surface of celluloid

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for printing and decorating the surface of celluloid. A celluloid sheet was printed, and then heated under pressure against a polished sheet to finish the surface. The invention was granted patent number 346376. Model consists of two photogravure specimens.
The patent rights were assigned to the Celluloid Manufacturing Company, New York. Marshall Clifford Lefferts (born 1848) first worked with the American Telegraph Company. In 1870 he joined with the new Celluloid Manufacturing Company, of which he became president in 1890.
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Object Name
process, celluloid printing
date made
ca 1886
patent date
Lefferts, Marshall C.
Physical Description
photogravure (overall material)
part: photograph: 20 cm x 14.9 cm x .1 cm; 7 7/8 in x 5 7/8 in x 1/16 in
part: celluloid card: 12.3 cm x 7.8 cm x .1 cm; 4 13/16 in x 3 1/16 in x 1/16 in
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patent number
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Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Patent Models
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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