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Old Star Press
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Old Star Press - Our MissionHere at Old Star Press, we operate vintage printing equipment. All presses and cutters are run manually. No electricity is needed except for the AM radio. Here are the goods:
Old Star Press Equipment History
Here at Old Star Press, we operate vintage printing equipment. All presses and cutters are run manually. No electricity is needed except for the AM radio. Here are the goods:
1915 Chandler & Price
Craftsman New Series Press
14 1/2" x 22" Platen
We named this big press "Grigsby" in honor of her original operator: Mr. Grigsby of Grigsby Paper Box Manufacturing, Portland, OR. The press was in continuous operation until 2006 as a jobber used for both print and die cut.
She sat for a couple of years, under a cover, in the back of the Portland shop until I rescued her and brought her home to Venice.
Grigsby is our main press here at Old Star, and really proves that they just don't make them like they used to.
1900 era Chandler & Price
Craftsman Pilot Press
7" x 10"
This press sat under a canvas, in a garage, in Huntington Beach for the last 40 years. Lots of rust, seized bolts, and non-existant rollers on heavily pitted trucks and cores.
I completely disassembled the press, removed all the rust, and stripped the paint. The press was then primed, painted, lubed, and tuned. The final step was to have Adrian at Ramco Rollers recover the cores. It now has incredibly smooth action and leaves a beautiful impression.
The early Pilot presses did not have serial numbers making it difficult to pinpoint actual age. There are a number of signs to narrow down the age. These signs tell us that our press is likely to be pre-1900.