No 56                      Press Gallery          April, 2009

Foolscap Folio Size
13" x 9" (330 x 228mm) inside chase

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Manufactured by

T. C. THOMPSON & Son, Limited

BUXTON STREET  *  LONDON ROAD  *  MANCHESTER
Established 1871

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These platens were made in at least 3 sizes, No. 1,  8" x 5" and No. 2,  11" x 7" and at an earlier period, a 10" x 15" also.  It seems this hand-fed platen range was superceded by the fully automatic "Thompson British" circa 1936-7 (see index). Although the press had adequate inking -- with 4 forme rollers, it's strange that the manufacturer persisted with the out-dated ink disk.

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Copy of 1926 British Printer page courtesy of Arthur Johnson, Gulgong Printing Museum, NSW.

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