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Information About the Liberty Press
found in The Inland Printer

Notes from looking at issues from 1885 to 1889

Note in the May 1886 issue (p.485)

The name of the F. M. Weiler's Liberty Machine Works has been changed to the Liberty Machine Works, and they have moved from 51 Beckman to more commodious quarters at 54 Frankfort street.

October 1888 Article

The October 1888 issue had a 4-page article going into detail about the "The Reconstructed Liberty and its Improvements". You can follow links to scans of individual pages. NOTE: these are large (3Mbyte) files.


Some of the ads for the press...
Volume III (October 1885 to September 1886)
May 1886, p. 513: First ad I located in this volume. A full-page ad with a drawing of the press showing the throwoff and a feedboard swung out to the left.

Volume IV (October 1886 to September 1887)
October 1886, p. 16: 1/4 page ad; feedboard shown to left.

September 1887, p. 826: full page ad; feedboard shown open to left. (Note: the link is to a 3Mbyte scan of the ad)

Volume V (October 1887 to September 1888)
p. 68: The Liberty Job Printing Press On press - "The F.M.Weiler Liberty Machine Works" Feedboard to left.

p.126: The New Liberty Printing Press...No More Noise (1/2pg) List of 6 complaints of the old "Degener"

p.213: 1/4 pg

p.265: Feedboard behind platen. ...built only by the Liberty Machine Works, Successors to Degener & Weiler. All the features complained of in the old Degener are taken away by the improvements recently put on this press:
  1. The Grippers are no longer regulated by springs, but move steadily and quietly by a cam.
  2. The Throw-off is neither on the wearing shafts nor on the connecting arms, thus creating no extra wear and tear, nor interfering in any way with the distribution. It is directly behind the platen, and so always under the hands of the feeder, positive in its movements and cannot get out of order.
  3. The placing of the solid shaft through the platen beam, where there used to be only bolts, not only strengthens the Press, but does away with the noise.
  4. The Fountain is adjusted by screws, within reach at all times without leaving the feed-board or stopping the Press.
  5. The extra Distribution is accomplished by putting one, two, or three rider rollers on top of the form rollers.
  6. The combined Brake and Shifter is very simple and very convenient, as by placing the foot upon it, the belt is shifted and the Press stopped at once. The Shifter can be used independent of the Brake by the hand.

p.695: ...simplicity, durability, and strength

p.795: (same as previous)

p.820: 1/4 pg

p.957: 1/2 pg: The New Liberty Press

Volume VI (October 1888 to September 1889)
p. 17: The New Style Noiseless

p. 75: "A Testimonial" (shop with 36 Liberty presses in use)

p.167: The New Style Noiseless

p.189: (same as previous)

p.371: (same as previous)

p.384: (same as previous)

p.499: No picture - new sizes 3A, 5, 3x, 4x

p.617: The Leading Features of the New Style

p.681: Liberty Paper Cutter

p.734: "The Liberty Paper Cutter" write-up

p.821: Business Notices (renting more floor space)

p.828: The New Style (new layout of ad)

p.868: The Liberty Galley

p.869: The Liberty Galley Lock-Up

The Monthly Business Directory

The manufacturer of the Liberty Press would often be listed in the Inland Printer Business Directory under the category Job Printing Presses.
October 1885 through April 1886:
The F. M. Weiler's Liberty Machine Works,
51 Beckman street, New York. Sole manu-
facturers of the Liberty Press.

Beginning May 1886:
The F. M. Weiler's Liberty Machine Works,
54 Frankfort street, New York. Sole manu-
facturers of the Liberty Press.

Beginning July 1887:
The Liberty Machine Works, 54 Frankfort street,
New York. Sole manufacturers of the New Style
Noiseless Liberty Press.

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