Washington Hand Press by R. Hoe & Company, circa 1848


The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

This peripatetic press was used to print newspapers in the 19th century American West. Washington hand presses were rugged and extremely popular; this one crossed the Isthmus of Panama on its way from New Orleans to California's gold fields. In 1851, the press' owner, John Judson Ames, started San Diego's first newspaper. The press also printed newspapers in San Bernadino; Aurora, NV; and Independence, CA.


  • Title: Washington Hand Press by R. Hoe & Company, circa 1848
  • Date Created: 1843/1849
  • Location: United States, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, United States, California, Inyo county, Independence, United States, California, San Diego, United States, California, San Bernardino, United States, Nevada, Aurora
  • Subject Keywords: Westward movement, Printing presses, Hand presses
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=102027
  • Object Name: Printing press
  • Object ID: 28.753.1
  • Image ID: THF117872
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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