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Superior Cub all metal Printing Press No. 8401
Superior Cub all metal Printing Press No. 8401

Featured Oldest Press Story #10:
Superior Cub all metal Printing Press No. 8401
Submitted by Nancy Godfrey, Godfrey's Custom Printing,
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

"Christmas morning in the early 1960s.

Imagine my surprise when I opened this gift that Santa left for me. My very own Superior Cub all metal Printing Press No. 8401. The box informed me I could print my own newspaper with this little press. Why would Santa give me such a unique gift?

At age 11, I had no idea I would go to college to major in journalism. I hated English in school, especially grammar. I just couldn't understand it. Nor did I have any inkling that I would own my own print shop beginning in 1991. To tell the truth, as a kid I wanted to be a detective like Nancy Drew and solve mysteries, or be a spy and work with the Man from U.N.C.L.E. I wanted to save the world from some evil enemy. What was Santa thinking?!

Nevertheless, the press was mine and I was going to play with it. In the photo you can see some of my handiwork informing my "newspaper" readers that the summer was hot and my sister, Kitty, and I wanted to go swimming. It must have been the last thing I printed because the moveable, rubber type is still set up to that message, although the letters have shifted a bit over the years.

Now, I know what you're thinking. That is a toy—not a printing press, but I beg to differ for several reasons:

  1. It prints.
  2. It was given a place of honor as my first printing press when we held our open house just before we opened the doors to Godfrey's Custom Printing in February, 1991, and has had a home in this office ever since.
  3. It serves as an object lesson to young people to try new things, because you never know what you might enjoy doing.
  4. It is recognized as a printing press in "Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection," published in 1996 by the National Museum of American History.
    http://americanhistory.si.edu/about/pubs/HARRIS1.PDF (Go to page 36, click on the button to see the second half of the publication, then go to page 40 to see a description of my little press.) If the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., mentioned this press in its publication, don't you think it should be considered in this contest?

From what I can find, the Cub was manufactured around 1963, but there is no date anywhere on the press. I am sure someone has entered an older press they have sitting in some corner somewhere, but I do hope you will consider my old press for its uniqueness.

Your next question is probably whether this press influenced me in some way to go into journalism and graphic arts. I don't think so. I credit that to an 11th grade English teacher who taught grammar in a way that I finally grasped it. He also was the school newspaper adviser and taught journalism.

Thanks for considering my Cub press in your Oldest Printing Press Contest."

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