Augustus Applegath

Augustus Applegath

Often appears mis-spelt as "Augustus Applegarth"
Augustus Applegath
Born (1788-06-17)17 June 1788
Stepney
Died 9 February 1871(1871-02-09) (agedĀ 82)

Augustus Applegath (17 June 1788 - 9 February 1871 [1][2]) was the inventor of the vertical printing-press.

He was born in Stepney but carried out most of his work in the Dartford and Crayford areas of Kent. Inventions included methods of silk printing, a new method of printing banknotes and the printing machines on which The Times Newspaper was printed in the mid nineteenth century - the 'Four-Feeder' printed 5000 copies of the paper per hour, and from 1848 the rotary eight-feeder printed 8000 copies per hour.

References

  1. ^ http://www.dartfordarchive.org.uk/technology/paper_applegath.shtml
  2. ^ http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/37121/?back=,6504
  • Dartford Archive biography of Applegath
  • Image and commentary on the Eight-Feeder Printing Press
  • '19th Century Print Visionaries' by Laurence Wallace in 'Print Week', April 3rd 2008, and on printweek.com