Automatic Card

Automatic Card

Briar Press

Automatic Card

John Horn: “The Automatic in the collection of the Houston Museum of Printing History is marked ‘Automatic Printing Devices Co. Cal. (California) USA Patented.’ Card presses such as the one shown here were manufactured by several different companies in the U.S. and probably one or two in Europe. Similar presses are labeled Feuerstein, La Magand, and Buffum, the latter manufactured by Buffum Tool Co., Louisana, Missouri (as advertised in a 1910 issue of Inland Printer). Paul Aken: “The chase, mounted in the press upside down, moves vertically. Cards are fed into the guide from the bottom of a stack, printed, and then shot off under the press on to the table. A suitable stand could be made by cutting a hole into the top of a table with a drawer in it. Printed cards would fall into the hole and could be retrieved by opening the drawer.”

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