Advert for the Minerva Printing Machine
Medium: Print on paper
This advertisement for the Minerva printing press.
The Minerva Printing Press, also known as the 'Cropper', was introduced during the 1870s by the American company, Chandler & Price. It had a moveable, mounted-roller 'chase', which ensured that the bottom of the page was never missed off, as had been common with previous presses.
The inventor of this machine, one Mr Gordon, claimed that the design was presented to him in a dream by President Benjamin Franklin. His machine was manufactured in Britain by the Nottingham firm HS Cropper & Co, hence the machine's popular nickname.