No 53                       Press Gallery           January, 2009

HOE'S PATENT

Two-Revolution Press

1881

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Manufactured by
R. Hoe & Co.

504 GRAND STREET, NEW YORK
U.S.A.

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". . . intended especially for illustrated newspapers, periodicals and rapid book work, which it will perform at a high speed, with accurate register and excellent [ink] distribution"  It continues: The frame is very solid, and the gearing all made of special iron. The bed motion is smooth and noiseless. The distributing rollers [in this instance riders above the forme rollers] run in a hinged frame, which is quickly raised to allow the form[e] rollers to be removed and replaced without deranging their adjustment. There are four ways [tracks] instead of two, for the bed. This machine has our new patent air springs, [buffers] and the press can be turned by hand without compressing them. The patent reversing motion enables the feeder to stop the press and run it backward without leaving his stand. The patented delivery cylinder takes the printed sheets from the main cylinder without the aid of cords or tapes, and sends them down in front of the [stick] fly.
The letterpress cylinder machines, whether hand or steam powered, were the company's mainstay, equipped as they were with Richard Hoe's 1845 "fly" delivery apparatus. The cylinder especially made possible the large circulation "penny" newspapers (as well as the older, traditional 6-cent "blanket" sheets), which inaugurated a national taste for popular journalism.

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