OK jobber, Kelsey

OK jobber, Kelsey

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Description (Brief)
This platen jobber, with a clamshell mechanism, was made by W. A. Kelsey, about 1891. Its chase measures 9 inches by 13 inches.
William Kelsey made his fame and fortune with small presses for amateurs and children, but for a few years he tried making platen jobbers too, and even a small flatbed cylinder press. His short-lived OK Jobber, introduced in 1887, sold for only $100. The press, criticized as being flimsy and lacking power, was not a great success. But like many lightweight clamshell jobbers of the time, it filled a need and did so inexpensively.
This model was presented in 1891, with a modified frame and a wraparound feed table. The small flywheel (25 inches in diameter) is tied directly to the treadle by a rod. Despite its light frame, the press is heavy in operation.
Purchased in 1985.
Citation: Elizabeth Harris, "Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection," 1996.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Press, Printing
printing press
Other Terms
Press, Printing; Platen Jobber
Date made
circa 1891
date made
ca 1891
maker
Kelsey, William
Kelsey, William
Kelsey, William
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 in x 13 in; 22.86 cm x 33.02 cm
overall: 47 in x 35 3/4 in x 33 1/2 in; 119.38 cm x 90.805 cm x 85.09 cm
ID Number
1985.0559.02
accession number
1985.0559
catalog number
1985.0559.02
1985.0559.02
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Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection
Communications
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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