Printers’ Hall recreates a working print shop with a Babcock cylinder press
A Babcock country press from the 1880s.
Courtesy American Industrial Machinery Since 1870 by C.H. Wendel
A broadside on display at Printers’ Hall. Early printers composed elegant, elaborate pieces like this to demonstrate their skills to customers.
Leslie C. McManus
Setting up the Babcock, with a 2-page spread on the composition table in the foreground. The process requires a deft touch and infinite patience. “You’re running a thin sheet of newsprint through cast iron machinery,” says pressman Jim Daggs.