American Antiquarian Society
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R. Hoe and Company of New York City was the foremost manufacturer of printing presses and printing equipment in North America throughout the 19th century. From the appearance of the wrought iron Washington press early in the century through the development of the cylinder press, followed by the rotary press and the web-fed press, R. Hoe & Company were pacesetters in the field of printing equipment. Their inventions, designs, and innovative manufacturing helped revolutionize the printing trade, notably as it applied to the printing of newspapers. This small collection of correspondence from customers of R. Hoe & Company contains information about orders for presses (notably the cylinder press) and types and other printing equipment. There is information on customer complaints, prices, problems relating to the delivery of printing equipment, and various other business matters. Letters come from all parts of the country, but notably from Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond, and Cincinnati. The correspondence covers the years 1850-1851, 1853, 1855, and 1857.