Kelsey Press designs in collections, exhibitions, industrial design catalogues and historical information [webpage in development]

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"[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).


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".

  • 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.


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 5 March 2018.)

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).

1876 - 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.] S. T. Souder & Company: Philadelphia. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00841-42; F00394.)

1876 - 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)]. (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 ).

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).



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).

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).

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 - 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).


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).

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).

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. (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00354).

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? - 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).

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. (Viewed 1 November 2018. E00348).


1950s

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).


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]


2010s

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.