>>Yes, only a small Adana 8" x 5" machine, but it is amazing what one
>>can do with these machines. The 8" x 5" is the inner measurement of
>>the chase, that is, one can almost fill that area with type or blocks.
>>The machine itself is a table top machine about 2 feet high, 2 feet long
>>and 1 foot wide.
>Well, I'm jealous! I'm sure I could make room in the studio (somehow) for
>a letterpress (might have to make the living room the studio and have only
>a small sitting/tv room, but I'm _sure_ it could be done).
Well, you've no need to be, because they are still being made in
England, people sell them second hand too and the manufacturer will
send them anywhere in the world.
The company is in Twickenham, Middlesex, which is just a few miles
west of London. Middlesex was a county abolished about 20 years
ago (maybe more) when Greater London was created as a Local
Authority area. However, it has remained as a postal address, because of
the ways of our Post Office system!
It is called Adana Printing Machines and I expect that a letter
of enquiry addressed to
Adana Printing Machines
will get there. The new ones are about 400 pounds sterling but a
second hand one can be less than half that as they have been making
them for years.
One can often see the adverti***ts for second hand ones in the
British weekly magazine "Exchange & Mart" (published every week since
1868 and containing only adverti***ts! (for all sorts of things))
which is widely available in newsagents shops.
Also, in Small Printer Classifieds which is sent out monthly to
members of the British Printing Society (of which I am a member).
Members are mostly located in the United Kingdom, but overseas members
are very welcome and there is at least one in the USA. There may be
lots, but I happened to notice the one as he wrote a letter to the
magazine Small Printer, which is sent out monthly to members.
Details of the society are obtainable from,
The Honorary Secretary,
British Printing Society,
This is just a forwarding address so that the society, run by unpaid
officers from their homes or businesses, can have a long term
Membership is currently 13 pounds 80 pence per year at present, but
might be a little more for overseas, but might not.