Bonanza press

Description (Brief):

This rail press by an unknown maker dates from between 1880 and 1900. It is marked “Bonanza”’ in its casting. The press, on a Museum-made base, has a height of 7 inches a width of 4 inches and a length of 11.5 inches; its chase measures 2 inches by 3.5 inches.

Description (Brief)

Rail presses were simple, cast-iron toys sold through novelty dealers for about one dollar. They took full-size or, later, half-length printer’s type. Rail presses, manufactured to stand on a full length strip of metal, were produced in large numbers and varieties between about 1880 and 1900, after which presses made for rubber type became more popular. The rail-press makers are usually unknown.

Description (Brief)

Donated by John C. and James C. Draper, 1973.

Description (Brief)

Citation: Elizabeth Harris, "Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection," 1996.

Date Made: between 1880 and 1900ca 1880 - 1900

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

See more items in: Work and Industry: Graphic Arts, Communications, Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: John William Christopher Draper and James Christopher Draper

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: GA.23864.160Catalog Number: GA.23864.03Accession Number: 304826

Object Name: case with typepress, printingstamp, hand

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 in x 4 in x 11 1/2 in; 17.78 cm x 10.16 cm x 29.21 cm


Record Id: nmah_1096395

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