This lithographic hand press, model 2, no. 6828, was made by Fuchs & Lang, of Rutherford, New Jersey, in about 1905; its bed has a width of 23 inches and a length of 28 inches.
This press is typical of the hand presses known to many lithographers today as transfer presses, but was originally used for direct printing. Presses of this pattern were known in the United States from the 1870s, and earlier. The leather-covered scraper in its adjustable support hangs over the stone, which is covered with an oiled tympan sheet of thin metal. Lowering the long lever raises the press bed to bring the stone and scraper together. Then the crank is turned to move the bed and stone under the pressing scraper.
Fuchs & Lang set up shop in 1870 as suppliers of bronzing powders; they were building machines by 1893.
Donated by Piedmont Label Company, 1961.
Citation: Elizabeth Harris, "Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection," 1996.