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Liberty Press in
Museum of Underground Printing-House
Moscow, Russia

This Liberty was -- both literally and figuratively -- an underground press, used by revolutionaries in Moscow, Russia. In 1905 and 1906, the Social Democratic Party used it to publish illegal newspapers and leaflets.

The 1905-1906 Underground Printing Office museum, opened in 1923, uses the actual site to show how the press was hidden from authorities in a tiny basement of a fruit wholesale shop.

Unfortunately, those who reassembled the press for the exhibit apparently did not know how a Liberty press goes together. The platen and bed hang out over the end of the press, and the counter-weight that should be below the bed seems to be missing.

You can take an online tour of the building, including the print shop,

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