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Patent model for a web perfecting rotary press

Patent model for a web perfecting rotary press

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Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a compact rotary press with forms for printing both sides of the paper, mounted on the two ends of a single type cylinder. The invention was granted patent number 212444. After one side of the paper was printed, the web was turned and moved sideways so the other side could be printed. The press was designed particularly for newspaper printing.
Luther Crowell (1840-1903) began his adult life as a sailor, then turned to questions of aerial navigation and patented a flying machine. He also invented machines to make paper bags, then machines to print the paper bags, and from there moved on to printing presses. In 1879 a fast press that he built for the Boston Herald brought a suit for infringement from R. Hoe & Co., as a result of which Hoe was compelled to buy all of Crowell's patents for printing, and ended up hiring him as a superintendent of their mechanical department. There Crowell was responsible for several important improvements to Hoe's presses.
Object Name
patent model
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
ca 1879
patent date
1879-02-18
maker
Crowell, Luther C.
Physical Description
paper (part material)
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in; 29.21 cm x 11.43 cm x 29.21 cm
ID Number
GA.89797.212444
accession number
89797
catalog number
GA*89797.212444
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Data Source
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