This hand fed printing press was manufactured by W. J. Connell & Co., London, but the date of manufacture is unknown. This printing press has a vertical bed.

Physical Description

Metal standing mechanism with movable bed, large flywheel and electric motor.


The Vertical Platen changed the concept of printing platens. The bed moved up and down vertically whilst the paper was hand fed onto a cylinder. In this machine the ink disc is on top and moves up and down with the bed. The lack of information so found on this press suggests this is a rare survivor.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Information & Communication

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Mr Fred Matlock, 23/05/1991

  • Manufacturer

    W. J. Connell & Co., Holborn, London, England, Great Britain, Unknown

  • Inscriptions

    Metal label on Ink tray: W. J. Connell & Co/Leather Lane/Holborn E. C. 1/Unica/Patent Appld. For/Practical Printers Engineers & Furnishers

  • Classification

    Communications, Printing, Printing presses

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    1200 mm (Length), 950 mm (Width), 1450 mm (Height)

  • Other Dimensions

    380 mm (Length), 280 mm (Width)
    Dimensions of Bed - Chase size.

  • Other Dimensions

    330 mm (Width)
    Dimensions of Platen Cylinder.

  • Other Dimensions

    400 mm (Length), 45 mm (Width)
    Dimensions of each of two Rollers.

  • Other Dimensions

    317.5 mm (Length), 254 mm (Width)
    Historically the size of a presses is designated by inside chase dimensions, which determines the paper size that can be printed. This press is of a size known historically as Royal Octavo (12½ inches x 10 inches).

  • Keywords

    Printing Equipment, Printing Presses