Posted: 2016-03-06 13:16
Many bookbinders use old Victorian copying presses in their bindery and you may find it of interest to know for what purpose they were originally used. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, copies of documents were often kept, not on separate sheets, but in special copy books which had leaves of tissue paper.
The document to be copied had to be written in copying ink or typed with a special ribbon. A leaf, which was protected from those underneath by an oiled board, was dampened with water, the document laid on it and then another board placed on top. the book was then closed and nipped in the press for a few minutes, transferring the ink to the moistened leaf, which could then be read.
So now you know...