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Printing on the Wooden Common Press

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 — Jack Williams, of Effingham, New Hampshire, demonstrating his wooden common press at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Friday, October 24, 2008. The demonstration was part of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project’s Portsmouth Literary Festival.

Jack built the press himself, from plans drawn by Clinton Sisson, of the Smithsonian Institute. Sisson’s plans were drawn up from careful measurements taken from a press in the Smithsonian’s collection which was once used by Benjamin Franklin.

The gentleman wearing a black baseball hat at the start of the clip is Harold Whitehouse, a former linotype operator for the Portsmouth Herald.

[We could have sworn we posted this back in ’08, but can’t find it now. So, here’s a rerun.]

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