Friday, 8 November 2013

One Man Printing Press

Something that I had never seen, other than on television, before coming to Turkey, was a printing press, a craft that is still very much used every day.  We came across such a printers on our visit to Söke, again the man there was very pleased that we were showing an interest in what he was doing and was eager to have his photo taken.
One of the friends who was with us that day used to work in printing in the UK and has helped me find out a bit about this type of printing press.  These machines were common in the late 19th and 20th Centuries and were known as a Jobbing Press, Job Press or Jobber as they were designed to be used by a pressman for small jobs as opposed to long print runs or newspapers.  The basic principle of the machine is that a bed of type is set up, covered in ink and then paper is sandwiched between this and a flat metal plate called a platen, to transfer the type to the paper.  The power for this operation is carried out by a hand lever.

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