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Small Printing Machines
At the time, Mr Isaachsen recalls, a number of schoolboys had
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The presses were all of the letterpress platen type in many variants.
Occupational Therapy is a profession which makes use of Adana printing presses in programs designed to provide an interesting activity for people recovering from illness or regaining skills after a disability. Many O.T. departments in Australian hospitals have an Adana press. To support their range of presses, Adana also made and/or marketed a range of printing types and ancilliary units like hand-lever guillotines and thermographs.
Adana were absorbed (around 1990?) by the Caslon group one of whose specialties is thermography.
The Museum has no examples of Number One High Speed. It is the smallest, with a type area around business-card size.
Number Two H/S is well represented, as is Number Three.
No. 2 H/S has a print area of 4 x 6.5 inches. This is the measurement inside the four-wall bed, which is removable to facilitate lock-up directly in the bed. The provided chase has inside measurement of 4.125 x 5.75 inches. No quoins are needed in the bed or in the chase, as each has grub screws on two sides for lock-up.
No.3 H/S has a print area of 8.625 x 5.625 inches, which is the measurement inside the chase. Quoins are needed.
The 85 and 53 both had variants with a feeder for overprinting on rolls of self-adhesive labels. Label advance was by a claw which found the gap between labels. Butt-cut labels, therefore, were unsuitable.
The Museum has a number of each, including the variants equipped for automatic feeding of roll labels.
The 85 has a print area of 8 x 5 inches inside the chase. Quoins are needed. The 53 has a print area of 5 x 3 inches inside the four-wall bed which has grub screws to hold a chase or to lock up directly. The provided chase also has grub screws for lock-up.