Equipment in use at the Excelsior Press Museum Print        Shop

The Daugh­aday
Model Press

patented 1874

manufactured from 1875-1895

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Daugaday Model Press, right view

Exposition Card printed on Model PressThe card on the right was printed over 137 years ago on a printing press just like the one in the photo below - which was patented almost 140 years ago.

The Daughaday Model Press was made in or near Philadelphia, PA for about 20 years - from 1874-1895.

The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, the first official World's Fair in the United States, was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from May 10 to November 10, 1876 and Mr. Daughaday made sure that his Model Printing Press was in there - as well it should be. Shortly after the Exposition, the Model Press was licensed for  production and sale in the U.K.

According to Glover Snow, the man who went to work for William Kelsey and eventually lead the Kelsey Company from 1925 until Gene Mosher took over in 1958, it was seeing the Model Press as a boy which piqued his interest in letterpress printing and the equipment used to print.

Glover Snow also reported that Bill Kelsey improved his Excelsior Press with the strong "knee-action" impression motion after having seen its success on the Model Press.

The one in the photos below, and now on loan to The Excelsior Press by the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, is about 120 years old. It has "lost its home" due to the actions of New Jersey's governor Christie, who felt that $90,000 a year to maintain a museum housing New Jersey's Argricultural History was too much to spend. He cut funding; Rutgers is taking over the building and the collection is being dispersed.

Daugaday Model Press, right view

We'll be cleaning up this press, cast a new set of rollers and cut a set of trucks, making a new set of grippers restoring this classic platen press to printing condition.

[photo] Imprint on handle of the Model Press

"Rescuers" of this press, Michael & Deborah Holcomb. Deborah learned to use her 5x8 Kelsey at The Excelsior Press

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