Hoe Cylinder Press
Youtube video of the Hoe Cylinder Press at Black Creek Pioneer Village.
This Youtube video is about 10 or 12 years old. It doesn't really show anything about how the press works. However, Black Creek has left it on their website.
The dvd “Of Man & Machine” is more recent, and does a much better job in 15 minutes on the history, restoration and operation of the press. The "footage" of the press mechanisms is wonderfully clear. The creators also included a booklet that clarifies some of the technical stuff.
This dvd is available to order from Jim Hunter at Black Creek Pioneer Village. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and his Black Creek phone number is 416-736-1733 (ask for Jim Hunter). The videos are available for $15 CDN, which includes postage within Canada ($15 USD includes postage to the US).
Short Letterpress Documentary
Take a short visit to Firefly Press in Somerville Massachusetts. John Kristensen, proprietor. This wonderful little documentary speaks to the craftsmanship and love of traditional design that drew many of us into the world of graphic design years ago. Take a moment to slow down and enjoy.
The Machine that Made Us
The Machine That Made Us is a documentary in which Stephen Fry examines the story behind the first media entrepreneur, printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg, to find out why he did it and how, a story which involves both historical inquiry and hands-on craft and technology.
Fry travels across Europe to find out how Gutenberg kept his development work secret, about the role of avaricious investors and unscrupulous competitors and why Gutenberg's approach started a cultural revolution. He then sets about building a copy of Gutenberg's press.