Kelsey Press designs in collections, exhibitions, industrial design catalogues and historical information

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artdesigncafé - design | Design Meriden | 31 October 2018 | Updated 10 August 2020


"[William A. Kelsey] was 21 when he finally made the venture. He called it the "Excelsior"... As time went on foot power presses were added... The business was a success from the start, and the native advertising genius of Mr. Kelsey caused it to expand very rapidly. It was not, however, incorporated until 1905, when it did so as The Kelsey Press Company... "

"... It issues a Spanish catalog, and handles Spanish correspondence in its own office... Kelsey Presses have been carried by a llama over the Andes, and into the heart of the African jungle... Many times presses and equipment have been packed in boxes weighing not over 100 pounds so that they could be carried into the remote parts of the world on the backs of men and beasts..." [Excerpts from: (10 June 1930). Interesting Connecticut industry... The Kelsey Press Company... Hartford Courant, entry listed below.]



A. Kelsey Press industrial designs in collections


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1872-
1879

1872-99 - Excelsior offset press

Kelsey Press. (1872-99). Excelsior offset press. (Cat. no. 1956.450. Viewed 31 October 2018. J00230).

1872-1940 - printing press, Star model

Kelsey Press Co. (1840-1940). Printing press, Star model. Cast iron, steel. (Artifact no. 1972.0813.001. Viewed 29 December 2018. J00243).

1873-80 - printing press

Kelsey & Co. (1873-80). Printing press. (Viewed 21 June 2020. L01434).


1890s

patented 1893 - printing press, Excelsior F

Kelsey & Co. (patented 1893). Printing press, Excelsior F. (Artifact no. 1994.0392.001. Viewed 29 December 2019. J00245).


n. d.

n. d. - printing press, Excelsior model

Kelsey & Co. (undated). Printing press, Excelsior model. (Artifact no. 1987.0432.001. Viewed 29 December 2018. J00244).

n. d. - printing press, Excelsior / 11

Kelsey & Co. (undated). Printing press, Excelsior / 11. (Artifact no. 1997.0777.001. Viewed 29 December 2019. J00246).


B. Kelsey Press industrial designs in exhibitions


1870s

1876 - Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia

10 May - 10 November 1876. Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia.

> Exhibited by W. A. Kelsey & Co., "amateur printing presses". (Unspecified award recipient.)

  • For documentation, see design catalogues and historical information section below.


1880s

1889 - Exposition at Delavan Opera House, Meriden

10 October 1889. Exposition at Delavan Opera House, Meriden, on the occasion of the visit of the International American Congress.

> Exhibited by Kelsey Press: "one large O. K. press, three Excelsior presses and one cart cutter. A fine display of visiting and fancy cards".

  • For documentation, see design catalogues and historical information section below.


1890s

1893 - World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago

1 May - 30 October 1893. World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago.

> Unspecified "printing presses" exhibited by Kelsey Press Co.

  • For documentation, see design catalogues and historical information section below.


1900s

1901 - Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, NY

1 May - 2 November 1901. Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, NY.

> Unspecified designs exhibited by Kelsey Press (printing presses).

  • For documentation, see industrial design catalogues and historical information section below.


2010s

2016 - Printing Museum, Houston

29 January - 31 December 2016. The legacy of The Kelsey Press Company as seen through highlights from the F.C. “Bud” Hadfield Collection at The Printing Museum, Houston, Texas.

> Specific Kelsey Press designs and related materials on view not yet known.

  • For documentation, see the industrial design catalogues and historical information section below.



See our Design Meriden compilation listing over 1000 exhibitions since 1851, featuring historical design associated with the Meriden area.



C. Kelsey Press - industrial design catalogues and historical information (by year)


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1872-
1879

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1872-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 20 April 2019.)

1873 - patent - improvement in printing-presses

William A. Kelsey. (6 May 1873; filed 3 April 1873). Letters patent no. 138,660: Improvement in printing-presses. (Viewed 22 December 2018. F00492).

1873-1964 - Kelsey Company records

Kelsey Company. (1873-1964). Kelsey Company records: Testomonial letters, mail orders, press orders, stock orders, ledgers, amateur journalism / amateur press journals, National Amateur Press Association (NAPA) documentation. (Viewed 18 December 2018. L00902-03).

1873-80 - two pamphlets

Kelsey & Co. (1873-80). Two pamphlets. (Viewed 21 June 2020. L01434).

1874 - advertisement

Kelsey & Co. (3 December 1874). Advertisement: "... Excelsior Portable Prin[t]ing Presses... Send stamp for circular... " [with abstract illustration of portable printing press]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 1. (Viewed 23 July 2019. C01106).

c. 1874 - industrial design catalogue

W. A. Kelsey & Co. (c. 1874). Excelsior patent portable printing presses. Meriden, CT; 32 pp. (Viewed 31 October 2018. E00341).

1875 - bird’s eye view map

O.H. Bailey & Co. (1875). City of Meriden, Conn 1875: [birds eye view]. Boston. [1 print; lithograph, 55 x 67 cm]. ["View of Meriden Conn. with fifty-eight public buildings, churches, businesses and factories identified at foot", including "36. W. A. Kelsey & Co."] (Viewed 21 May 2020. A00048; A01099; H01632-34).


1875 advertisements

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1875 - advertisement

Kelsey & Co. (12 October 1875). Advertisement: "... Excelsior Portable Prin[t]ing Presses... Send stamp for circular... " [with abstract illustration of portable printing press]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 1. (Viewed 4 August 2019. H01121).

1875 - advertisement

Kelsey & Co. (3 December 1875). Advertisement: "... Excelsior Portable Prin[t]ing Presses... Send stamp for circular... " [with abstract illustration of portable printing press]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 1. (Viewed 23 July 2019. C01107).



1876 - book mention - Kelsey Press in Philadelphia Centennial exhibition

(1876). List of awards made by the United States Centennial Commission to the American Exhibitors, International Exhibition, 1876, at Philadelphia. [Listed: W. A. Kelsey & Co. (p. 49). The actual award received is not indicated in this text; exhibition dates: 10 May - 10 November 1876.] S. T. Souder & Company: Philadelphia. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00841-42; F00394.)

1876 - book mention - Kelsey Press in Philadelphia Centennial exhibition

(1877). Souvenir of the Centennial exhibition [1876]: Connecticut’s representation at Philadelphia [with mention: "Exhibits in the Machinery Building... Presses... W. A. Kelsey & Co., Meriden, amateur printing presses", (pp. 126-27); exhibition dates: 10 May - 10 November 1876]. (Viewed 4 November 2018. A00965-75; F039 ).

1876 - advertisement

Kelsey Press. (1 June 1876). Advertisement: "Excelsior Portable Printing Presses... Kelsey & Co., Meriden, Conn. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 1. (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00355).


1880s

c. 1885 - industrial design catalogue

Kelsey Press & Co. (c. 1885). Printing presses and various printers’ material. Meriden, CT; 34 pp. (Viewed 31 October 2018. E00 ).


1886 patents

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1886 - patent - card-cutting machine

William A. Kelsey. (2 March 1886; filed 30 April 1885). Letters patent no. 337,270; serial no. 164,020: Card-cutting machine. (Viewed 22 December 2018. F00493).

1886 - patent - printing-press

William A. Kelsey. (24 August 1886; filed 15 March 1886). Letters patent no. 348,021; serial no. 195,192: Printing-press. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01582).



1887 - advertisement and directory listings

Kelsey & Co. (1887). Advertisement: "Print your own cards, labels..." In Meriden directory for 1887, (p. 327). [Also, product listings on p. 243 (Paper and Card Stock); p. 247 (Printing Presses; Printers’ Supplies)]. Price, Lee & Co.: New Haven, CT. (Viewed 19 May 2020. H01590; H01598-1600).

1887 - patent - design for a card

William A. Kelsey. (3 May 1887; filed 5 March 1887). Design no. 17,308; serial no. 229,879: Design for a card. (Viewed 22 December 2018. F00494).

1888 - patent - design for a card

William A. Kelsey. (24 January 1888; filed 18 November 1887). Design no. 18,025; serial no. 255,559: Design for a card. (Viewed 22 December 2018. F00495).

1889 - missing booklet accompanying exposition - Kelsey Press at Meriden opera house

(1889). Meriden Journal Souvenir [leather-bound booklet containing a list of the manufactories contributing to the exhibition at the Delavan Opera House, Meriden, 10 October 1889, and other companies in Meriden], 4 pp. (Viewed 29 October 2018. L00763; L00765-68).

1889 - spotlighted news mention - in Delavan Opera House exposition

(10 October 1889). Americans in Meriden: Visit of the International American Congress [including section on Kelsey Press]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 29 October 2018. L00751-59).

"... Facing the center aisles the visitors found the exhibit of the Kelsey Press Co., manufacturers of the celebrated Excelsior printing presses. Owing to the limited space, they were only able to show four different sizes made by them, including their famous O.K Rotary jobber. This press was run during the time the visitors were in the building, giving them a very clear and concise idea of the construction and usefulness of that line of Meriden industries. Next circulars, printed in both English and Spanish, were placed in the hands of all. A card and paper cutter was also shown, attracting its share of attention."



1889 - other articles

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1889 - news mention - in Delavan Opera House exposition

(10 October 1889). Our guests: Honored visitors here to-day [including section on Kelsey Press]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 29 October 2018. L00769-83).

"... The exhibit of the Kelsey Press Company, though small, attracted considerable attention. It was in charge of Frank Edgarton, H. G. Miller and E. S. Thompson and consisted of one large O. K. press, three Excelsior presses and one cart cutter. A fine display of visiting and fancy cards was also made." (Excerpt from above.)


1889 - news mention - Meriden opera house exhibition

(11 October 1889). The show photographed: Fine pictures of the Opera House exhibit made. ["The best of them will be forwarded to Frank Leslie’s paper— what the state and New York press has to say about Meriden", with excerpts from Hartford Courant, Hartford Times, New Haven Register, New York Herald, New York Tribune, Waterbury Republican, with no specific mention of Kelsey Press.] Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 14 September 2018. L00785-89).



1889 patents

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1889 - patent - shears

William A. Kelsey. (22 October 1889; filed 29 March 1889). Letters patent no. 413,521; serial no. 305,253: Shears. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01580).

1889 - patent - machine for cutting and mitering printers’ rules

William A. Kelsey and Richard Atwater, assignors to Kelsey Press Company. (22 October 1889; filed 14 May 1889). Letters patent no. 413,522; serial no. 310,709: Machine for cutting and mitering printers’ rules. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01581).



1890s

c. 1892 - industrial design brochure / booklet

Kelsey, William A. (1892). Printers’ dictionary and guide book. Meriden, CT; 12 pp. (Viewed 31 October 2018. E00347).

1893 - Kelsey Press at the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago

(1898). Connecticut at the World’s Fair: Report of the commissioners from Connecticut of the Columbian Exhibition of 1893 at Chicago. [Listed: "Exhibits not entered for competition... The Kelsey Press Co., Meriden, Printing Presses", (pp. 134-35)]. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 5 November 2018. A01528-31; C00391).

1893 - advertisement

Kelsey Press. (1893). Advertisement: "Print your own cards..." The New England business directory and gazetteer, p. 1908. (Sampson, Murdock & Co.: Boston, MA). (Viewed 5 May 2020. H01377-78).

1894 - patent - design for a photograph-mount

William A. Kelsey. (30 January 1894; filed 10 October 1893). Design no. 23,022; serial no. 487,777: Design for a photograph-mount. (Viewed 22 December 2018. F00496).

1896 - two advertisements

Kelsey & Co., Meriden, CT. (1, 15 November 1896). Advertisement: "I print my own cards, circulars... Send stamp for catalogue, presses and supplies to the factory..." Farm and Fireside. (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00358-59).

c. 1896 - industrial design catalogue (missing)

Kelsey Press. (c. 1896). [Catalogue, presses and supplies]. Number of pages unknown. No copy known to be in a public library. (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00358-59).

1897 - industrial design brochure / catalogue

Kelsey Press Co. (1897). [brochure / catalogue]. 24 pp. (Viewed 8 May 2020. H01453).

1899 - patent - machine for cutting and mitering printers’ rules

William A. Kelsey and Richard Atwater, assignors to Kelsey Press Company. (22 October 1889; filed 14 May 1889). Letters patent no. 413,522; serial no. 310,709: Machine for cutting and mitering printers’ rules. (Viewed 22 December 2018. F00497).

1899? - industrial design booklet

Kelsey, William A. (1899?). Printers’ dictionary and guide book. Meriden, CT; 7 pp. (Viewed 31 October 2018. E00346).


1900s

c. 1900 - industrial design catalogue

W.A. Kelsey & Co. (c. 1900). Printing presses and various printers’ material. Manufactured by the Kelsey Press Co. Meriden, CT; 34 pp. (Viewed 31 October 2018. E00345).

1901 - business correspondence

(27 May 1901). Business correspondence: Kelsey Press Co. to H. & H. Chapman, Philadelphia. (Viewed 16 June 2020. D01467).

1901 - official catalogue - Kelsey Press in Pan-American Exposition

(1901). Official catalogue and guide book to the Pan-American Exposition. (190 pp.) Buffalo, NY: Charles Ahrhart. [Exhibitors include Kelsey Press, (p. 113)]. (Viewed 31 October 2018. A01052-54.)

c. 1905-43 - unspecified number of price lists and catalogues

(c. 1905-43). "price lists and catalogs, ca. 1905 - ca. 1943". In "Glover Snow collection, 1884-1955". (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00360).

c. 1905-43 - various documentation

(c. 1905-43). Founding documents, (1905), notes / drafts of histories of the Kelsey Press, printing samples, business correspondence, 1922-1955, and other documents. In "Glover Snow collection, 1884-1955". (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00360).

1906 - section in book

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation [with section in Part III, pp. 61-63, including photos of William A. Kelsey, F. C. Edgerton and F. L. Huntington]. 1248 pp. (Viewed 4 November 2018. A00791-92; F00395-96).

1906 - event brochure / mention

(1906). Centennial Celebration and Home Week (10-16 June 1906) brochure with event listing [and mention of Manufacturers and Varied Arts Exposition] [Meriden, CT], 4 pp. [mention: "... General Committee... W. A. Kelsey... "(p. 4).] (Viewed 23 June 2020. L01472).

1909 - news brief mention

(14 December 1909). Local factories get high praise; Parker Company for Guns and Wilcox & White for pianos ["W. A. Kelsey, who is now in London en route for India, writes... "]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 1, col. 4. (Viewed 3 July 2020. F01346).


1910s

1911? - industrial design catalogue / brochure

Kelsey Press Company. (1911?). Print your own cards, circulars, books, newspapers — with an Excelsior portable press. 32 pp. (Viewed 4 November 2018. F00397).

c. 1911 - section in book

(c. 1911). Meriden Illustrated [with section on Kelsey Press Company (p. 18)]. William S. Kline & Company: Kinderhook, NY. 30 pp. (Viewed 4 November 2018. A00781; A00786; F00391-92).

c. 1917-22 - industrial design catalogue

Kelsey Press Co. (c. 1917-22). [catalog with Excelsior press]. Number of pages unknown. In "The Red Shingle, edited by Glover Snow, 1917-1922". (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00361).

1918 - historical information

Hill, Everett G. (1918). A modern history of New Haven and eastern New Haven County, v. 1. New York; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. (Viewed 31 October 2018. A00777-78; E00343).

"... The Kelsey Press Company, started in 1872, now capitalized at $75,000, makes hand and small power presses in large quantities, and its product is widely and well known. William A. Kelsey is at its head."


1918 - map

(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut [including listing: "Kelsey Press Company. Mfrs. of Printing Presses and Specialties, 62 South Colony Street."] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. (Viewed 31 October 2018. A01020-21).


1920s

1921? - industrial design catalogue / brochure

Kelsey Press Company. (1921?). Do your own printing : money made and saved. 32 pp. (Viewed 4 November 2018. F00398).

1923 - industrial design booklet / catalogue

Kelsey Press Co. (1923). [Booklet / catalogue; notation: "printing outfits"], 34 pp. (Viewed 12 May 2020. H01453).

1925? - industrial design catalogue

Kelsey Press Company. (1925?). Do your own printing: presses, type, ink, paper, cards, envelopes, stationery, etc., everything for the printer [catalog no. 25-F]. Meriden, CT; Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00349).

1926 - industrial design catalogue

W. A. Kelsey & Co. (1926). Do your own printing : develop a profitable business: presses, type, ink, paper, cards, envelopes, stationery, etc., everything for the printer / the Kelsey Press Company. Meriden, CT; number of page unknown. (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00351).

1928 - industrial design brochure / catalogue

Kelsey Press Co. (1928). [Brochure / catalogue; notation: "printing presses"], 47 pp. (Viewed 12 May 2020. H01453).

1928 - patent - printing press

Charles W. Glasnapp, assignor to Kelsey Press Company. (20 March 1928; filed 8 February 1927). Letters patent no. 1,663,197; serial no. 166,655: Printing press. (Viewed 22 December 2018. F00498).


1929 newsletters

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1929 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1929). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 1) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01519-21).

1929 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1929). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 2) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01521-23).

1929 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1929). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 3) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01523-25).

1929 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1929). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 4) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01525; L01527-28).

1929 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1929). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 5) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01528-30).

1929 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1929). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 6) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01530-32).

1929 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1929). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 7) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01532; L01543-44).

1929 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1929). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 8) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01544-46).

1929 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1929). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 9) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01546; L01551-52).

1929 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1929). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 10) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01552-54).

1929 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1929). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 11) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01533; L01554-55).



1929-1982 - newsletters

Kelsey Press. (1929-1982). Issues of the Printer’s Helper. (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00362).

192- - industrial design catalogue

W.A. Kelsey & Co. (192-). Do your own printing: Money made and saved, 32 pp. Meriden, CT: Kelsey Press. (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00350).


1930s

1930 - industrial design catalogue

W. A. Kelsey & Co. (1930). Do your own printing: Develop a profitable business [ catalogue 29-I]. 32 pp. Meriden, CT: Kelsey Press. (Updated 12 May 2020. E00354; H01453).


1930 newsletters

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1930 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1930). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 12) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01533-35).

1930 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1930). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 13) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01535-37).

1930 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1930). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 14) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01537; L01547-48).

1930 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1930). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 15) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01548-50).

1930 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1930). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 16) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01550; L01566-67).

1930 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1930). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 17) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01567-69).

1930 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1930). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 18) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01569-71).

1930 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1930). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 19) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01571-73).

1930 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1930). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 20) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01573-75).

1930 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1930). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 21) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01575-77).

1930 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1930). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 22) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01577-79).

1930 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1930). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 23) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01579; L01583-84).

1930 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1930). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 24) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01542; L01584-85).



1930 - feature article

(10 June 1930). Interesting Connecticut industry...; The Kelsey Press Company, Meriden, Connecticut. Hartford Courant, p. 23. (See excerpt at top of this webpage. Viewed 2 November 2018. D00464).

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1931 - industrial design catalogue

W. A. Kelsey & Co. (1931). Do your own printing: develop a profitable business. Presses, type, ink, paper, cards, envelopes, stationery. Everything for the printer / the Kelsey Press Company, Connecticut Type Foundry, 32 pp. (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00352).


1931 newsletters

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1931 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1931). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 25) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01538-40).

1931 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1931). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 26) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01540-52).

1931 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1931). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 27) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01542; L011589-90).

1931 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1931). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 28) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01590-92).

1931 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1931). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 29) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 17 July 2020. L01592; L01621-22).

1931 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1931). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 30) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 17 July 2020. L01622-24).

1931 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1931). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 31) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 18 July 2020. L01624; L01661-62).

1931 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1931). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 32) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 18 July 2020. L01662-64).

1931 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1931). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 33) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 18 July 2020. L01664-66).

1931 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1931). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 34) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01666-68).

1931 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1931). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 35) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01556; L01668-69).



1931? - industrial design catalogue

Kelsey Press Company. (1931?). Do your own printing... [catalog 31-J]. Meriden, CT; Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00349).

1932 - industrial design brochure / catalogue

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). [Brochure / catalogue; notation: "printing presses"], 32 pp. (Viewed 16 May 2020. H01453).


1932 newsletters

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1932 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 36) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01556-58).

1932 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 37) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01558-60).

1932 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 38) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 18 July 2020. L01560; L01670-71).

1932 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 39) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01671; L01700-01).

1932 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 40) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01701-03).

1932 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 41) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01703-05).

1932 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 42) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01705-07).

1932 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 43) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01707-09).

1932 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 44) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01709-11).

1932 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 45) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01711-13).

1932 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 46) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01713-15).

1932 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 47) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01715-17).

1932 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1932). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 48) [showing products and services], 5 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01717-19).



1933 newsletters

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1933 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1933). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 49) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01561-63).

1933 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1933). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 50) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 12 July 2020. L01563-65).

1933 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1933). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 51) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01565; L01720-21).

1933 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1933). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 52) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01721-23).

1933 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1933). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 53) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01723-25).

1933 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1933). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 54) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01725-27).

1933 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1933). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 55) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01727-29).

1933 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1933). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 56) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01729-31).

1933 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1933). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 57) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01731-33).

1933 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1933). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 58) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01733-35).

1933 - newsletter

Kelsey Press Co. (1933). The printer’s helper newsletter (no. 59) [showing products and services], 4 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2020. L01735-37).



1934? - industrial design catalogue

W.A. Kelsey & Co. (1934?). Do your own printing: Develop a profitable business. Presses, type, ink, paper, cards, envelopes, stationery, everything for the printer / the Kelsey Press Company, Connecticut Type Foundry. Meriden, CT; 32 pp. (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00353).

1935 - industrial design catalogue

W.A. Kelsey & Co. (1935). Do your own printing: develop a profitable business. Presses, type, ink, paper, cards, envelopes, stationery. Everything for the printer / Kelsey Press Company, Connecticut Type Foundry. Meriden, CT; 32 pp. (Updated 16 May 2020. E00348; H01453).


1940s

c. 1946 - industrial design catalogue

The Kelsey Company. (c . 1946). Kelsey printers’ supply book [Price list no. 49-G]. 71 pp. (Viewed 15 June 2020. D01463-64).


1950s

1950 - price list

The Kelsey Co. (1950). Handy pocket price list [no. 508]. 24-panel brochure. (Viewed 15 June 2020. D01465).

c. 1950 - industrial design catalogue

Kelsey Company. (c. 1950). Do your own printing, 26 pp. (Viewed 21 June 2020. L01431).

c. 1950 - sales literature

Kelsey Company. (c. 1950). Sales literature [including two envelopes with logos, sales letter, certificate for credit, order form, return envelope, and sample of raised printing. (Viewed 21 June 2020. L01432).

1956 - mention in history book

Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). 150 years of Meriden [with mention of William A. Kelsey and his management of The Meriden Record newspaper (pp. 201-02)]. Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. [Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956]. (Viewed 4 November 2018. A00789-90; F00378-82).

1958 - price list brochure

Kelsey Company. (1958). Handy pocket price list brochure [no. 58A], 24 panels. (Viewed 21 June 2020. L01433).


1960s

c. 1960 - industrial design catalogue

Kelsey Co. (c. 1960). Printers’ supply book. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 31 October 2018. E00347).

c. 1960 - industrial design catalogue reprint

Kelsey Co. (c. 1960). Printers’ supply book. Number of pages unknown. "Reprint" in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2, microfiche (no. 3049). (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. (A00868; E00356-57). [1]


1980s

1982 - feature article

Lacy, John. (12 January 1982). Little Kelsey Press was cornerstone of business. Hartford Courant, p. A10. (Viewed 10 August 2020. D00465).

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"... In addition to the satisfaction printers get from Kelsey presses, these cast-iron, portable, hand-operated machines— especially the older ones— are the darlings of collectors... " (Excerpt from above.)



2000s

c. 2000 - printer’s guide, reprint

Kelsey Co. (2000?) The printer’s guide (reprint of guide; original guide publication date unknown). 36 pp. (Viewed 15 June 2020. D01466).


2010s

2010 - mention in book

Franco, Jan Leach. (2010). Reprinted Kelsey & Co advertisement (1889), with illustration caption. In Meriden, p. 41. 127 pp. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. (C00473; C00475).

2016 - Kelsey Press in exhibition at Printing Museum, Houston

(c. 2016). Exhibition webpage for The legacy of The Kelsey Press Company as seen through highlights from the F.C. “Bud” Hadfield Collection at The Printing Museum, Houston, Texas (29 January - 31 December 2016). (Viewed 4 October 2018. F00360).


Footnote

[1] See Thompson, Eleanor McD. (1991). Guide to the microfiche edition of trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, part 2, (entry no. 3049), p. 87.