Craftsmen Machinery Company produced presses very similar to the most popular presses of the small-press era. In fact, they were nearly identical copies. Furthermore, Craftsmen seems to have used the original Sigwalt, Caxton, Golding, Victor and other defunct manufacturer's presses as the casting patterns for the presses shown in this 1955 catalog.
A comparison of an original Victor Press Company 4x6 press in our collection with the Craftsmen 4x6 "Victory" press shown below shows a 1% difference in size. 1% is the amount of shrinkage normally associated with cast-iron production. To us, this confirms the theory that Craftsmen presses are direct copies of other popular presses from the turn of the century.
This has lead to some confusion over models and model names - as well as the fit of replacement or after-market press parts.
The scan below is from the 1955 Craftsmen Catalog.
Craftsmen Machinery (U.S.) Catalog from 1955
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