Oldest Press
Chandler and Price, 1922
Chandler and Price, 1922
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Chandler and Price, 1922
Submitted by Terry Evans of Sun Graphics, Plymouth, WI

"This 10 x 15 C & P was built in 1922 according to a short biography from its old owner, and was purchased in 1924 by a man from Plymouth named Erbstaser. He and his wife used the press and the handset case to start up their own small print shop in downtown Plymouth. They ran the small three-person shop until the early 1950s.

The press is still used today at Sun Graphics to do some die cutting and small specialized printing. It still has the original three-phase 1 hp motor—which I have had to have re-worked twice since I have been here. We have three people in our shop who operate the press, including myself, the owner.

It is identical to the press I started on in 1963 when I was 12 and my dad, who owned a small country weekly in Illinois, had a wooden roller box we would stand on so we would be tall enough to feed the press.

I grew up in the printing business along with my 5 brothers and 8 sisters, of which 11 of us are still in the trade. From a sister who owns a medium-size print shop in Clearwater, Florida, to a brother who is the Publisher of 17 newspapers in Central Illinois, and another sister who is an executive with the Chicago Sun-Times.

When I run the press today, and I will, occasionally—it takes me back to the time when my parents, siblings and I would work late into the night hitting deadlines for print jobs and newspapers. All of us today owe our success to our parents, who helped us build a legacy of printing throughout the years.

The press is not just a machine, but a reminder of a simpler yet harder lifestyle that our forefathers in the industry used—at that time, printing was not just a job, but a vocation and a way of life.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about my press."

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