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Frederick Ullmer Ltd. Albion Handpress

Just a quick photo of my Imperial octavo Albion handpress, manufactured in the early 1980s by the resurrected Frederick Ullmer Ltd, London. Only a handfull of these presses were made. This press was of necessity a complete and total restoration. The castings were pretty good, but all the finish work was incredibly poor, and the press had to be totally reconstructed. I was lucky to have access to several machinists who were willing to lend a hand (and their precision machinery) to repair the ill-fitting parts. I finished the rough castings by hand, and stripped and repainted it, adding the pinstriping and accent painting as well. Now it is a decent little press.

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Taken on August 13, 2008