End of Era for This Printer —Cagle

“Imagine how hot it must have been. The aluminum water rollers on the 1360 melted into a puddle,” Biehl says. “That’s how intense the fire was.”

What struck many people about Biehl Printing was the beautiful, solid oak roof that sat on the shop’s head. Every woodworker in the vicinity eyed that roof with envy. It was less than 10 years old.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but it is believed to be the result of either an electrical failure or the shop’s wood burner.

Shortly after losing his print shop, Biehl’s brother lost all his possessions when a fire destroyed his apartment building. Understandably, Tom doesn’t want to think about printing or fire for a while.

Here’s hoping that Biehl’s love of printing and commitment to the craft doesn’t go up in smoke, as well. If you have a Multi going unused in some dark corner of your shop, maybe you should give this man a call. The friendly and sympathetic voice of a fellow printer might also be of value to Biehl.

SAVED FROM SCRAP: A 1911 Chandler & Price press has its big, fat arse to thank for survival. Otherwise, it may have been torn down for scrap value.

The Belleville (IL) News-Democrat reported that the 800-pound behemoth had been owned by an 83-year-old retired printer, Robert Browning, who is currently residing in an assisted living home. Browning acquired the big dog in 1963 for $130 and turned out business cards, greeting cards and invitations for a little extra scratch. But now it was time to part ways with the press, and Browning certainly couldn’t partake in its removal.

Fortunately, a fellow resident of the assisted living center recommended that Browning donate the press to the Belleville Labor and Industry Museum. Browning gave his blessing and a group of volunteers disassembled the press as much as possible and hauled it up the steps.

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