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Print Shop


The American landscape is dotted with thousands of small workshops that boast function rather than style. For many years, township employees tested water meters and equipment in this small building behind the Township Hall. The Troy Historical Society remodeled the shop in 1978 and filled it with donated printing presses, type cases, and supplies. The equipment includes an 1890 Chandler Price press that was powered by a foot peddler, similar to an early Singer Sewing Machine. The 1910 Golding Jobber ran on electricity. However, in both presses the paper is fed by hand. Job shops like this printed public notices, stationery, handbills, and business cards rather than newspapers. While the records are inconclusive, it is likely that Henry Russell, a local jack-of-all-trades, ran a shop similar to this during the 1880s.