Object Record

Object Name Roller, Ink
Catalog Number 2012.021.001
Description This is most likely a type of an Offset Printing Press, or a storage place for rubber rollers. The Offset Press was first created in the later half of the 19th century in England for use on tin, and then brought to the U.S. for use on paper in the early 20th century. In this type of printer, both water and oil are used in the printing process. This printer has evidence of oil; the black cylinders have grease residue, and the metal rods connecting the two sides of the length of the press has oil build up. The rollers of the press seem to be rubber, which indicates it was made after the year 1903, when it was discovered rubber rollers give a much sharper image. This could also be a box made for holding and storing printing rollers. They might be rollers from a larger machine which the newspaper company decided to take out and store. This press was made by the Samuel Bingham's Son Manufacturing Co., based in Chicago. They had 15 different locations, spread throughout the Midwest and Tennessee. This printer came from Nashville, and was used in Dayton, Tennessee. It says "For Sam'l Binghams Son MFG,. Co. Printers Rollers" on the top cover. There is the address for the Dayton location stapled on the wood below that. On the bottom center Nashville, Tenn. is written. The wood everywhere is aged. The box has a pungent smell of wet wood to it. On the inside, there are holes made to hold three rollers. It is rumored that these rollers were used during the Scopes Trial in 1925.
Date 1900-1950
Dimensions H-4 W-24.5 L-8.5 inches
Accession number 2012.021