Song of the gears

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© Arie Koelewyn
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UploadedMay 4, 2010
TakenMarch 22, 2010
Exposure1/30 sec at f/3.5
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode
Focal Length6.6 mm
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Letterpress printing has been a long time hobby and it has enriched my life in more ways than I can count. My pride and joy is a 100 year old Chandler & Price 8x12 treadle operated press. This is a detail of the mechanism that makes the split ink table rotate in different directions. It is supposed to distribute the ink better. It doesn't; but it is really cool to watch. Most of these presses have this feature disabled and the necessary gears are missing.

This press came out of a local middle school where they used to teach printing many years ago. The instructor couldn't quite bear to consign the press to the scrap dealer and took it home. I got it for a song.

I use it often and listen to the song of type, ink, paper, and cast iron

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  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (4 May 2010):

    awesome mini sculpture......! ;)

  • Arie Koelewyn

    Arie Koelewyn said (4 May 2010):

    Thanks, Maura...

    The whole press is a work of art, not to mention an engineering marvel. That it works so well after 100 years of students (and me) beating up on it is a real testament to its builders. I acquired it in the early 90s, It most likely spent 1910 through the mid 70's in the school.

  • Mark Williams

    Mark Williams gave props (19 May 2010):

    neat- and cool- captured it so well- they don't make things like this anymore- multiple stories shown by time worn gears that seem like they could go on forever-

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