Letterpress Printing Machines (and never Letterpresses!) were made to cater for almost every need: from tiny cards to newspapers and posters. I’ve chosen a rather arbitrary system to group them: small presses; platen presses; iron hand presses and cylinder presses.
Have a look around: you might be able to select your next press or learn a little more about the equipment you have.
In this section
Presses that can be moved and operated by hand
Presses that use a ‘clam shell’ approach
Cylinder and Proofing Presses
Presses using a cylinder to impress the paper on the forme
Finding a Press
How to find yourself a printing press
Installing and Caring for Letterpress Machines
Installing a new letterpress machine; and looking after it
Maintaining Letterpress Machines
Looking after your press and the tools you’ll need