In my hunt for Print collectibles I have never stumbled across a better example for children of the printing process. This “Toy” gives a child a first hand attempt at setting type through the letterpress printing process. I found my first Cub Rotary Printing Press at an antique store, but it was VERY incomplete. Just an impression cylinder and a shell – nothing more. This did spark my interest and I took to EBay to find the full thing. Currently I own three and am trying to combine all to create one complete set.
Meet the Cub Rotary Printing Press
The Superior Marking Equipment Company (SMECO) was an American manufacturer of rubber type and rotary presses marketed as children’s toys. Kits like this one were sold between the 20’s and 60’s. This particular kit includes the Cub printing press, the smallest of three rotary press models, and prints sheets up to 3.5” x 5.5”. The Star and Ace models print 3.5” x 7” and 5.5” x 7.5”, respectively.
The complete set comes as an entire pressroom in a box. Individual trays of letters,
as well as an ink roller and all the tools you would need to remove rollers and clean/ink them.
This is truly just the perfect present for that print geek in your life. Or a great addition to any home print collection.
Certain models even came with idea booklets – to spark the creativity
My collection does not include the booklet above, but it will soon : )
Happy Monday Printheads! Stay tuned this week – as all week we will be bringing you great “toy” examples of the printing process!
~Source: BGamm & Ebay