I have enjoyed both my Kelsey and Chandler & Price letterpress printing presses since the late 1950s. Since that early age, my enjoyment with my presses has continued. I just enjoy surrounding myself with presses, and buy old home letter press shops whenever I can. As a youngster, I also worked in my darkroom with black and white photography, and collected US Commemorative Stamps, which lead to my pleasure with history. All these interests have continued, and rolled into the career decision of becoming a full time out-of-print bookseller, and newspaper publisher.
Buying presses and equipment whenever possible, I currently have (August 2020) the following items I do not need, and would like to place in a new home for someone else’s enjoyment. So, scroll through the listings of presses and equipment below. If you are new to letterpress, and would like to get a wonderful introduction, I have made a PDF of THE PRINTER’S GUIDE BOOK, Published by The Kelsey Company, Meriden, Conn. 8th Edition. This PDF is from my own copy that I obtained in 1957. Forty pages (32 plus 8 supplemental), and everything you need to know to operate your letterpress shop. Happy to send you the PDF for $3. Email me, and I will send you a PayPal invoice.
KELSEY 3×5 LETTERPRESS with Supplies
Scroll all the way down for the Kelsey 5×8 Press outfit that I have for sale
This is the smoothest moving 3×5 that I have owned. It is mounted on an old wooden base to stay secure while printing and making impressions. The paint is original, not offensive, and really does not need repainting. Following are some more images, and then the supplies I have to go with this printing outfit. I have the four images below in a gallery view which you can “click” on to see larger size images.
here is the press with the supplies that go with it – followed by close ups:
Included are: furniture for the chase, chase bars, lead spacing, roller wheels, composing stick, a pack of new tympan paper for the press, and a rough copy of the Kelsey Guide to Printing.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED – new rollers (very easy to buy new, and something that always has to be bought new when getting a press). Ink, and then any type you may want unless you will be using the press for die cutting or your art projects.
Price for all items pictured above in the 3×5 outfit – $385
“THE PRINTER’S HELPER” – 47 ISSUES – 1964-1973 – KELSEY PRINTING PRESS COMPANY
THE KELSEY COMPANY, MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT
“PRINT YOUR OWN” – PRINTING PRESS – LETTERPRESS
The Kelsey Company’s house organ THE PRINTER’S HELPER. This four page publication contained tips, lessons, business hints, and of course some ads.
“WHAT TO PRINT AND HOW TO PRINT IT”
“FOR THOSE WHO PRINT FOR OTHERS OR FOR THEMSELVES”
INCLUDED ARE – Years and Numbers
1964 — 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380
1965 — 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 388, 389
1966 — 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398
1967 — 399, 400, 403
1968 — 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410
1969 — 411, 412, 413, 416
1970 — 417, 418, 419, 420
1971 — 422
1973 — 431, 432
Some issues have binder three-ring binder holes. Click on this link for larger images of some of the front covers.
Price for the entire lot – $75 – Shipping $6
LETTERPRESS COMPOSING STICK – 12 1/4 INCHES – 1906
Made by The Star Tool Mfg. Co., Springfield, Ohio. Patents: Oct. 11, 1904 and Oct. 31, 1906. Unique slide for holding type in place while setting. Works fine, but this composing stick should be cleaned/restored. I thought it best to let the next owner do that to his or her satisfaction.
Price $25 — shipping will be $8.25 packed in cardboard with tracking
FOUR (4) VINTAGE LETTERPRESS PRINTER’S PICA LINE GAUGE – PICA RULER – RULERS
Offered as a collection are four older collectible Pica Rulers that you can use with your Kelsey or Chandler & Price or other home letterpress print shops. Nice advertising pieces for your printing collection, included are:
1 – JOHN H. BURKE & COMPANY, Baltimore, MD., stainless rule – about 13 1/2 inches tip to tip
2 – GAEBEL, Larchmont, NY – Cat. No. 708 – 6 & 12 PT / Inches / Agate – about 8 3/4 inches tip to tip
3 – LINOTYPE ELEKTRON – MERGENTHALER – “The Fastest Linecaster Ever Built” – about 7 11/16 inches tip to tip
4 – HAROLD PRESS, Baltimore, MD, “Shrunken Newspaper Gauge” – made of wood, about 6 inches long
and the back sides
and closer up shot of the two smaller rules
Price for the lot – $30 – shipping will be $4 packed in cardboard with tracking
KELSEY PRINTING PRESS – SET OF THREE QUOINS AND QUOIN KEY
Quoins are used to lock your printing type in a letterpress chase. Quoins are essentially a pair of wedges, facing opposite directions, and can easily be used on a 5×8 printing press or larger size press. A wrench or quoin key forces them together tightening the furniture against the type. This is an extra set that came with a 5×8 Kelsey Press that I am restoring for resale. On a 5×8 you can use quoins or set screws to lock up your form for printing. Quoins can be found, BUT, keys are seldom seen for sale, making this listing special. I have chosen not to clean and restore this set to lock up your Kelsey, Chandler & Price or other letterpress chase so you can clean/restore as you desire.
Price for the set – $35 – shipping $8 packed in cardboard with tracking
KELSEY 5×8 LETTERPRESS with Supplies and Type
This is the fourth 5×8 that I have owned. I am keeping the one I bought maybe ten years ago because it serves so many uses. This is a versatile size press, and just perfect for home or small business use. The only better size press to have (in my opinion) is a 6×10 bed. I have regretted selling the four 6×10 Chandler & Price presses I have owned over the years, but in December 2019 I purchased a Kelsey 6×10. It is lighter in weight than the C&P the way it is designed. I could even lift it myself. Probably a “keeper.”
This press operates fine, but for some reason over the years was covered with lots of different paints. I have redone the chase with the appropriate “machine gray” paint. If I do not complete the painting prior to someone’s purchase, they get the paint also.
here is a gallery of additional views of the press – click on any of them to open to larger images:
and, here are the supplies and accessories included with this outfit:
Included are: furniture, quoins and quoin key to lock up your forms, Printer’s Guide, an old Kelsey Supply Book, Tympan paper, composing stick, galley tray, roller guides, roller wheels you will see in one of the type cases.
ALSO INCLUDED are these four large type cases with type – again click on any image to open a gallery for larger views:
and, stacked up
WHAT YOU WILL NEED – new rollers (very easy to buy new, and something that always has to be bought new when getting a press). And, Ink.
Price for all items pictured above in the 5×8 outfit – $775
Interested? Press outfits will need to be picked up, or maybe following payment I can meet you within 100 miles. Other items can be shipped. Contact me, click on this link for contact information. Thank you, yours, RAY