Rouse Lead & Rule

Rouse Lead Rule Cutter

Briar Press

Rouse Lead Rule Cutter

Another lovely, strange machine from H.B. Rouse & Company of Chicago. Thin strips of lead used between lines of type; and rules, type-high strips of brass or type-metal used for printing borders or lines, can be purchased in precut lengths. Do-it-yourselfers use a machine like the Rouse Lead & Rule to cut their own strips, especially when needed lengths were not available.

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