The type is set into a galley which is essentially a flat tray, until it is ready to print. In order to print a body of type, it must be locked into a chase. The chase is a metal rectangle that holds the type securely for printing and which fits easily into the press. The type is held into the chase by pressure using small pieces of wood or metal, called furniture. Furniture is packed around the type until there is almost no space, when small slices of wood called reglets fill in any remaining empty space. Devices called quoins that can be expanded using a key create pressure on the type to make everything secure.
The chase is then locked into the press for printing. The press was made in Cleveland, Ohio in 1906 and weighs over 700 pounds. Seeing the press work is a marvel of design and function as pieces of the press move, roll and turn. The delivery of all this equipment was a complex operation of disassembling and re-assembling-plus lots of sweat and grunting by the moving crew. Thanks to Charles Bombeld, who helped Carl and I re-assemble the press and paper cutter. Please stop by Preservation for a first hand look at this equipment and an exciting future for it in ZSR.