Museum of the Riverina
P.O. Box 20 Wagga Wagga NSW, 2650
Phone 0269 252 934 Fax 0269 255 720
In the Printing Office above you can see in the foreground a Columbian Press, made by J & R M Wood of London in 1864. Similar presses were used to print the Herald in 1830.
The magnificent Ornamental Upright section of the machine, is simply a press. The type is set out on the slide table on the left, the type is inked, the paper is positioned carefully on top of the type, the slide then slides under the press, and by pulling the handle, the press comes down and presses the paper against the wet ink. The handle is released and the paper slid out.
The smaller black press behind the Columbian Press is a Hopkinson and Cope Albion Press, dated around 1858.
Columbian Press, made by J & R M Wood of London in 1864.
The machine pictured above and below is the Rolls Royce of the printing trade. These machines were called "Line o Type" machines, and they acted as a type of typewriter for the reporters or newspaper men.
These machines actually create a metal chunk of type, which is called "a line of type". This line of type is used to create the words and sentences in a newspaper.
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