Poking around on the internets today I found this red and green 1940s Fulton salesman's toy printing press below which appears to be identical to my own in all but the color. At one time, it had been listed for sale on Amazon. Next I found a link on the Briar Press community site where someone asked for help in identifying a press identical to mine above. Paul Aken of The Platen Press Museum had this to say:
The 'Fulton' was originally made by the Baumgarten Co. of Baltimore, MD in several styles as the 'Baltimore Printing Press'. Fulton bought their patterns in 1934. My 'Fulton' No. 80' is green like the one on Amazon, but apparently one of the styles of the 'Baltimore' was black.
These presses each have a slot on the "platen" or the top level, which held a piece of wood with a metal insert. Rubber type was placed in this wooden mount or "chase", then pressed on the ink pad in the top level. The paper sat in the base below where it waited to receive the impression.
|This funny little toy press above which resembles a miniature Zamboni, was listed for sale recently as a Pressed Steel Buddy 'L' Toy Printing Press, circa 1937. It sold here recently for $60. It operates on the same principle as all of the other presses shown here, which is merely by applying pressure.|
The Crown Press featured below is the real gem in this group of early desktop printers. Spotted on Martin Howard's site of typewriters and other neato office supplies, this press was patented on February 14th, 1888. To see more adorable miniature and toy presses, stop by The Platen Press Museum and view the slideshow there. Sweet!