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ISO: Identify Production Presses, Circa 1900

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I am a visual journalist at the Reading Eagle newspaper. We are working on a project celebrating our 150th anniversary here in Reading, Pennsylvania. These photographs show our pressmen working on two different presses, circa 1900. Each press is a different model. I’ve looked extensively through our archives and online but cannot identify the presses.  I have consulted the books GOSS: Proud of the Past and Koenig & Bauer: 1817-1992: 175 Years because we have a history of using those manufacturers but no luck. Thanks for your help, Craig Schaffer



  1. Craig,
    I am not an expert on 20th century newspaper presses, but I enjoy a challenge. I quickly Googled ‘Hoe newspaper presses’ on Google images, and the first photo that came up, from the Hobart Mercury in Australia, has a strong similarity with your second image. Worth a look, anyway:
    Check out the second b&w photo with the text, “In 1923 the company…”
    Good luck,
    Stephen Sword

  2. Paul Moxon, Website Editor 1 September, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Stephen: Hoe was my guess too. I consulted the comprehensive history of the company Chronicles of Genius and Folly: R. Hoe & Company and the Printing Press as a Service to Democracy by Frank E. Comparato but alas there are few photographs. I also checked Printing Presses: History and Development from the Fifteenth Century to Modern Times by James Moran but again there’s no comparable photograph.

    Craig: I’ll continue to alert knowledgeable individuals to your post.

  3. Thank you both for your help. I’ve Googled printing press manufacturers from the 17-1800s and gone through each of them online but found no comparable press. The Hoe is the most similar but still off by a bit. I appreciate your help.

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