Cigar box labels featuring Richard M. Hoe
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colorful cigarbox labels featuring Richard March Hoe. The labels were lithographed by Schlegel in New York. Both of the labels feature saw blades reflecting Hoe's saw business. The larger label includes a printing machine in the upper left corner.
From Hoe

From Hoe's 1844 U.S. patent.

From Hoe

From Hoe's 1847 U.S. patent for the complete printing machine.

Cross section of the press from Hoe

Cross section of the press from Hoe's 1847 patent for the complete printing machine.

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Richard M. Hoe's Rotary Drum Press Accelerates Printing

1843
<p>Richard March Hoe, photograph by Mathew Brady</p>

Richard March Hoe, photograph by Mathew Brady

Between 1843 and 1847 inventor and printing press manufacturer Richard March Hoe of New York invented the rotary drum printing press, dramatically increasing the speed of printing. This became known as the "lightning" press. Hoe's 1844 patent 3687 replaced the reciprocating platforms used in earlier designs with a fixed platform served by rotating drums. Through a series of advances he perfected a complete rotary press in 1846, and patented it in 1847 (U.S. Patent 5,199).

Hoe's press "... appeared in Edinburgh in 1851 and then traveled to London where it was used by the Times newspaper in 1853, where it then traveled to France in 1866 and Germany in 1873. By the time it reached Spain in 1885 it had become common use.[4] Some sources describe the Parisian Hippolyte Auguste Marinoni as the inventor of the Rotary printing press, but this was the subject of a patent dispute that was decided in Hoe's favor. A.S. Abell of the Baltimore Sun was the first American user of the rotary press.[5] (Wikipedia article on Rotary Printing Press, accessed 10-17-2018).

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