As promised, today’s post brings another great antique printing press sold as a toy. The John Bull Printing Machine – Mark 5. Originally made in the British Isles, this rare press was sold throughout great britain in the early 1920’s (we think).
The John Bull Printing Machine was originally packaged and sold as a kit with additional add-on type sets like these
The machine is very basic – Type is placed a down-facing bed, like a platen-type letterpress.
The ink drum is covered in a thin piece of cloth to absorb and apply ink.
The press itself in all it’s glory –
Have you ever seen the John Bull Printing Machine first hand? Is it for sale? Hunting on Ebay hasn’t turned up much for me and my collection on this one. If you have one for sale or have ever printed with one of these, we would love to hear about it in the comments below!
~Source: Brandon Gamm