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Printers’ Hall recreates a working print shop with a Babcock cylinder press

A Babcock country press from the 1880s.

A Babcock country press from the 1880s.

Courtesy American Industrial Machinery Since 1870 by C.H. Wendel

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Printers’ Hall, located in the Heritage Museum on the grounds of the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, recreates a working print shop of the past.

The Threshers Bee, an 8-page newspaper, is published daily during the annual show on a Babcock cylinder press. Live steam is piped from the stationary steam boiler to a vertical engine connected to the Babcock.

The exhibit includes an 1870s hand press, various platen presses, cylinder presses and handset type, in addition to a wealth of related equipment such as folders, bindery equipment and perforating machine. In addition to The Threshers Bee, Printers’ Hall generates various printed materials used at the reunion. FC