Working York County printing press, which rolled in a basement for years, looking for a taker

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This press worked for years in a Jackson Township, York County, Pa., home. And it still works. And it’s available for free to someone who will give it a good home. (See additional photo below.) Also of interest: A historic York walking tour of the Sovereign Bank stadium area and Incredible hulk underground on York’s East King Street and Motter printing presses: ‘Newspapers … around the world purchased these York-made presses’.

Terry Reichard is trying to find a good home for a Damon and Peets Favorite printing press, perhaps dating back to the 1920s or 1930s.
His father, Joseph Moran, used the still working press for a Jackson Township side business 40 or 50 years ago.
No one bid for it at a recent estate auction… .


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Another view of the Damon and Peets press.
“Actually, he and a neighbor worked with presses out of their basements. His friend eventually went on to bigger and better things in Hanover. Dad made raffle tickets, programs for the local 4-H horse and pony club, business cards and other small odd jobs,” Terry wrote in an e-mail.
He has called around offering it for free, but has found no takers. Some printing companies like it, but don’t have display space.
What will become of it if no one is interested?
“I expect the press will end up in our storage bin as we continue this search,” he wrote.
Contact Terry Reichard if you’re interested in this working press, complete with tools and parts.
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One Response to Working York County printing press, which rolled in a basement for years, looking for a taker

  1. Michael Tavalin says:

    Hello Mr. Reichard:
    I am interested in this beautiful printing press. Please advise as to weight and specific dimensions (front to back, side-to-side, height). Also, if there exists any information such as model number or serial number that would help ascertain if the press was manufactured in the 1920s rather than the 1930s, I would appreciate that information. Please do not post this query for public viewing. Thank you for your consideration.
    Regards, Michael Tavalin

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