Press manuals: parts, care, and instruction

Many users have made inquiries about manuals for presses and other printing equipment. Some manuals are available in different places around the Internet, but finding them may not always be easy.

In response to these inquiries we have started a list of links to manuals and charts describing the parts and use of some of the more popular presses and equipment. Other instructional material is included. The list will be in alphabetical order so please use the contact form to send us other links to information that we can include.

At the moment we are concentrating on instructional manuals and are not listing trade catalogs that have historical interest, although we might include a section for these in the future.

If you have any manuals that you wish to scan and have downloaded from our site, feel free to send them to us. You will receive credit for your help.

Adana 5-3:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/adana53.pdf

Adana 8-5:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/adana85.pdf

Adana High-Speed No.1:
See chapter three of the manual below

Adana, Printing Made Easy - A Comprehensive Instruction Manual for Beginners:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/adana_printing_made_easy.pdf
(Courtesy of Thomas Gravemaker & Basil du Toit)

Adana Quarto: http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/adana_quarto.pdf

Adana TP/48, Installing & operating instructions:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/adana_TP48.pdf
(Courtesy of Boxcar Press)

ATF Font Scheme:
http://www.aapainfo.org/atffonts.html

Chandler & Price New series parts and list:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/cp_partslist.pdf
(Courtesy of Boxcar Press)

Chandler & Price New series oil chart:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/c&p_oil_chart.pdf

Chandler & Price Pilot Press, instructions & parts:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/cp_pilot_manual.pd
(Courtesy of Dolce Press)

Chandler & Price, serial numbers & dates:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/c&p_serial_numbers.pdf

Elrods, serial numbers & dates
http://www.hotmetalservices.com/LudSerNum.htm

Filling Tubes and Small Cans with Ink:
http://www.davecelani.com/Ink

Golding Improved Pearl parts and list:
http://www.aapainfo.org/golding/ImpPerlDiagram001.jpg
http://www.aapainfo.org/golding/ImpPerlDiagram002.jpg

Golding Jobber parts and list:
http://www.aapainfo.org/golding/JobberDiagram001.jpg
http://www.aapainfo.org/golding/JobberDiagram002.jpg

Golding Official parts, list, and use:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/golding_official.pdf

Golding Pearl 1 & 3, parts and list:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/golding_1&3.pdf

Hand miterer instructions:
http://www.petrzelka.com/letterpress/Hand_Miterer_Instructions.pdf

Heidelberg instruction and parts:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/heidelberg_1015_manual.pdf
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/heidelberg_parts_hints.pdf
(Courtesy of Boxcar Press)

Kelsey Excelsior basic parts:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/excelsior_modelp_parts.jpg

See also detailed parts: http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/kelsey_parts.gif

Kelsey Printer’s Guide, parts, use and care:
http://www.donblack.ca/kelsey/kelsey.htm

Miehle Vertical:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/miehle_vertical.pdf
(Courtesy of Paul Woolley)

Model Printing Press:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/How_to_print.pdf
(Courtesy of Google Book Search)

Moving an iron hand press:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/oldham/moving_press.html
(Courtesy of Bob Oldham)

Poco Proof Press:
Operating instructions at http://www.briarpress.org/15410#comment-8224

Printer’s Hat:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/printers_hat.gif

Signpress:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/signpress.pdf

Sigwalt Press Instruction Book And Catalog :
http://www.archive.org/details/SigwaltPressInstructionBookAndCatalogNo21

Type case layout - California Job Case:
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/case.pdf

See also the extensive diagrams of different type case layouts from the Alembic Press.

Type; identifying parts (ATF):
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/type.gif

Type; tying a form or page (ATF):
http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/tie_up_type.gif

Vandercook SP-15, operation, maintenance, parts: http://users.bestweb.net/~bpress/manuals/vandercook_sp15.pdf
(Courtesy of Boxcar Press)