The museum is open Fridays through Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free timed-entry passes are required. Review our latest visitor safety guidelines.

Lowe Press No. 2 press

Lowe Press No. 2 press

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Downloads
Description
Samuel W. Lowe of Philadelphia invented the Lowe printing press, an unusual conical cylinder press patented in 1856. Like Adams's Cottage printing press, it did not include a frisket and included an automatic tympan. The rights for the press were sold in 1858 to Joseph Watson, who marketed both presses in Boston and Philadelphia.
The Lowe printing press does not appear to have been as heavily advertised as the Adams, although the company notes that we have sold many presses … to druggists … in this country and in other lands. Every boy and business man seems to be having one.
As for portability, the Lowe was more than a third lighter than the Adams, ranging from between 12 and 120 pounds as compared to Adams's press at between 100 and 400 pounds. The Lowe used a simpler frame and relatively thin castings.
Object Name
press, printing
Object Type
Letterpress
date made
ca 1860
patent date
1856
maker
Lowe, Samuel W.
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 3/4 in x 14 1/2 in x 26 in; 24.765 cm x 36.83 cm x 66.04 cm
ID Number
1988.0650.03
accession number
1988.0650
catalog number
1988.0650.03
Credit Line
Gift of Joseph H. Hennage
subject
Civil War
Printing
See more items in
Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Industry & Manufacturing
Cultures & Communities
Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection
Communications
Civil War Field Printing
Military
Exhibition
Printing at Home
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Comments

Add a comment about this object