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Job Backer Wanted

A source for bindery equipment, including board shears, job backers,  
standing and letter presses is American Grpahic Arts, Inc.,  
Elizabeth, NJ, 908-351-6906.  They furbish old equipment and make it  
look and operate like new, and their prices reflect this work,  
although they are lower than brand new equipment.  (They have a huge  
machine shop to retool old parts or create new ones.)  Their old  
board shears, mostly wood top varieties, are worth the $4,000+ price  
tag, IMHO.  They produce a newsletter which lists equipment they have  
on hand.  They also have equipment in a number of other categories,  
including printing (eg Van Der Cook and older hand presses) and foil  
stamping (eg 20-30 Kensol presses: a whole wall of them, in fact).   
We went on a tour of their 30,000 ft2 facility.  Very impressive.   
Plus they have a small printing museum on the premises with a number  
of hand presses, including a Columbia(n?).  A homey and informative  
touch are several bulletin boards with photos of equipment that they  
have known and loved and sent out into the world to be known and  
loved by others.  Such promiscuous machinery!  Anyway, if in the  
neighborhood, watch out it's not too good, call them up for a tour.

Another equipment source is Alan Dietch, in California, 415-349-1681.

Robert J. Milevski
Preservation Librarian
Princeton University Libraries
One Washington Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08544
telephone: 609-258-5591; fax: 609-258-4105 or -5571;
email: milevski@firestone.princeton.edu

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