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It is our estimation that nearly every print shop in nearly every town in the entire United States at one time had at least one printer operating a Chandler & Price Platen Press.
There are many still sitting in basements and garages - and in need of rescue or sale at a reasonable price. Restore C&Ps sell for upwards of $1,000.
Mr. Chandler & Mr. Price joined forces during the 1880's and decided to enter the growing market and build a platen press.
They bought George P. Gordon's patent, Henry H. Thorp's engineering designs, and began to manufacture the Chandler & Price Gordon Platen Press - the most prolific of all platen presses built by the longest-lasting - and in fact, the last American company to produce a hand-fed, flywheel-driven platen press.
Although Thompsons, Colts, Goldings and Heidelbergs may safely impart more impression* than the Chandler & Price, the engineering that went into the venerable Chandler & Price commercial free-standing platen presses lead the company to claim that their presses were "strong, reliable, simple" - and had proved themselves, beginning in 1887 to be the most profilic, and ultimately the last remaining manufacturer of hand-fed commercial, motor or treade-driven platen presses.
1897 Advertisement touting American Type Founders order of 160 C&P Gordon Presses - with 7,500 already in use.
Interesingly, they used Gordon's popular name, but H.H. Thorpe's evolved design.
* Heidelberg claims 40 tons of pressure is applied during impression on their 10x15 Windmill.
The Chandler & Price Pilot Press ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
The 6 1/2 x 10" (chase size) Pilot was designed and sold as a press for small job short-run printing in commercial shops as well as for teaching letterpress printing in high school or industrial trade school print shop classes. On it, the student could learn all they would need to know about set up and make ready of a hand-fed platen press, and could do it with a machine that was less expensive, safer and could fit into a classroom. These characteristics serve the letter press community of today.
This press has a 6 1/2 x 10" inside chase dimension and can print on a sheet up to 12" wide.
Excerpt from essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson,
set in 18 point Nicholas Cochin Roman. This printed very nicely on the Pilot.
This feedboard attachment swings out to the right and can be swung back to fit snugly on top of the delivery board when not in use.