In 1892, American Type Founders
acquired the Cleveland Type Foundry as part of
their acquisition & consolidation of many
independent foundries into ATF. Apparently,
they also acquired CTF's rights to the
"Standard" Press patented by Mr. Thorp.
According to notes shared by Stephen O. Saxe,
ATF offered the C&P Pilot in their catalog
of 1897. It also offered an ink fountain, an
option which we have not yet seen anywhere
else in our research. This Chandler &
Price Pilot, sold by ATF, is virtually
identical to the press sold as the No. 2
Standard by the Cleveland Type Foundry. We
currently have 4 of these presses in our
collection; one will remain as a permanent
part of the collection, the three duplicates
will be restored for others to use and care
for and will hopefully remain in service for
another 100++ years.
When Chandler & Price announced their "New
Series" of free-standing Platen Job Presses
(8x12, 10x15, 12x18, 14x22) to the commercial
market in 1914, they continued to promote what
we know as the "Early Series" Pilot as the
only bench-top press offered.
Some time later, they redesigned the Thorp
Pilot as The Chandler & Price "New Series"
Pilot and sold them to nearly every high
school and trade school print shop in the
"When I attended high school in the
mid-1960's it was a New Series Pilot that
was used by first-year printing students.
When letterpress was removed from the
Graphic Arts curriculum, the Pilot was
unceremoneously thrown into the trash
" - AR
Inland Printer, Volume 38 December,
"The H.H. Thorp Manufacturing Company
whose business was the manufacturing of Gordon
presses and other printing appliances,
incorporated as the Cleveland Type Foundry in
It went out of existence in 1892 when it was
sold to American Type Founders.
H. T. Chandler, a retired banker and one-third
investor in CTF, when deprived of returns on
his investment in CTF, partnered with William
Price and founded a competing printing press
manufacturing business. The Chandler &
Price Company soon eclipsed nearly all
competing manufacturers of hand-fed platen
presses and survived, building these same
hand-fed presses until 1964.
"In 1905, Chandler & Price purchased the
name, good will and plant of George Phineas
Gordon, the inventor of the Gordon Presses."
C&P - and other similar - hand presses
were generically referred to a "Gordon
Interesting note found in the IP
The Barth Foundry Type Caster, made famous
by ATF was actually designed by Henry
Barth, the principal owner of the
Cincinnati Type Foundry prior to it's
acquisition by ATF, (most likely between
1890 and 1900).
and, there's more...
Thorp also manufactured a larger platen press.
Although the company was named H.H. Thorp,
" raises some interesting
Could this be the press that we know as the
8x12 Chandler & Price?
Who made the Cleveland Gordon
platen press - and when?
Apparently, according to Elizabeth Harris1
who cites Harold Sterne2
made this press
- he owned the Cleveland-Gordon
. There's also more to
add about the Thorp-Chandler-Price