The GSS Chandler & Price: Backstory!

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The GSS Chandler & Price: Backstory!

The Gowanus Studio Space has acquired an historic Chandler & Price 14-1/2" x 22" platen press, significantly expanding our offerings to artists in Brooklyn.  With this pres ...

Photo: Chandler & Price 14-1/2" x 22" platen press, now in The Gowanus Studio Space Print Shop.

Photo: Chandler & Price 14-1/2″ x 22″ platen press, now in The Gowanus Studio Space Print Shop.

The Gowanus Studio Space has acquired an historic Chandler & Price 14-1/2″ x 22″ platen press, significantly expanding our offerings to artists in Brooklyn.  With this press and related acquisitions, our members will be able to set and print their own lead type and linotype in a wide variety of typefaces and point sizes, as well as cuts and blocks in wood, metal, and photopolymer.  The press can also be applied to tasks such as scoring, perforating, die-cutting, embossing and foil stamping.

C & P presses were made in Cleveland, Ohio between 1881 and 1964.  With a 14-1/2″ x 22″ chase, this press is the largest platen press Chandler & Price ever produced.  Considered an American classic for their unfailing performance and rugged build, these presses dominated the small press landscape until they were eclipsed by offset litho presses in the mid 20th century.  Those which remained in operation were often relegated to finish work such as scoring, folding, and perforating. Many others were scrapped or simply left to rust in obsolescence.

In maintaining this press, we at Gowanus Studio Space are proud to participate in the revival of industrial arts taking place across the country.  We gratefully acknowledge this generous donation by Tom Firavanti of Allied Sample Card in the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Click here to watch a video of a C&P in action.