The Potter Proof Press would be used to "pull proofs" of type forms that had been set up for printing on another press. However, these days, this little "flatbed cylinder" has found another purpose in life - to print larger sheets and posters.
Since it has a set of paper grippers, it can hold sheets firmly in place to maintain "register" and therefore can be used for production printing - expecially of larger sheets and forms - things like signs and posters - or even a multiple-page set up of text and images for short runs of books.
The one at H-J is the smallest model made - the 12x25" No. 1 size. It was made between 1914 and 1930 and will soon be fully operational in the museum shop in 2019 - nearly 90 years later...
More about Potter Proof Presses from Vanderblog.info
We will be adding our press to the Potter Press Census - once we find "The serial number - located on the end of the rail left of the hand crank"
<-- from 1923 ATF Catalog
Problems we have encountered with this press
John Falstrom's restoration of a Potter
page last updated May, 2019
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