Potter Census

potterplateThis table attempts to catalog existing Potter proof presses of which there are 38 presses listed. Potter presses have reciprocating beds and stationary carriages. Early models do not have grippers or inking assemblies. Patented by Walter G. Potter of  Chicago in 1910. Examination of the nameplates indicate that they were first manufactured by A.F. Wanner (1910-14), then Hacker Manufacturing (1914-1931). Some presses, circa 1923 have badges that say “made for American Type Founders.” In 1931 Challenge acquires the Poco and Potter brands from Hacker; the 1935 ATF Catalog shows “Challenge-Potter” presses. See the post on A.F. Wanner. See also the website dedicated to Poco presses. Click on column header to sort table. To add or correct data, use the Contact Form.

ModelSNOwnerLocationMfg./Notes
0898Ben StockmanAustralia NSW CamdenA.F. Wanner
13007Skyline Type Foundry LLC.USA AZ PrescottHacker Manufacturing
13588Boggs Graphic EquipmentUSA OH NoveltyChallenge-Potter / WireBids 10/2014
1Boggs Graphic EquipmentUSA OH NoveltyHacker Manufacturing / WireBids 2/2012
2C-21John Brown UniversityUSA AR Siloam SpringsA.F. Wanner
234Kansas City Center for the Ink & Paper ArtsUSA MO Kansas CityA.F. Wanner
2510Kimball HamiltonUSA CA Los GatosA.F. Wanner
2667Acorn Anchor Book Arts Studio / John JenkinsUSA CO Fort CollinsA.F. Wanner
2677Florida State UniversityUSA FL TallahasseeA.F. Wanner
2768San Jose Historical MuseumUSA CA San JoseA.F. Wanner
2961Black Iron PressUSA OH ToledoA.F. Wanner
21064Savannah Print Factory/Thomas KazenskeUSA GA SavannahA.F. Wanner
21144John kulikoffUSA CA Rohnert ParkA.F. Wanner
21297The Tight Squeek Press / John HinkelUSA MN DuluthA.F. Wanner
2B 2050Tip TypeUSA PA PittsburghHacker Manufacturing
2C 2070Tip TypeUSA PA PittsburghHacker Manufacturing
2C 2090Hazel & Violet INK / Nancy HillUSA AZ PhoenixHacker Manufacturing
2G 2479PrivateUSA PA QuarryvilleHacker Manufacturing. Briarpress 12/2015
2G 2506Florida Atlantic UniversityUSA FL Boca RatonHacker Manufacturing
2G 2534Joseph RingvelskiUSA NY RansomvilleHacker Manufacturing.
2G 2599Josh CapistrantUSA MN St. PaulHacker Manufacturing
22703U. of TampaUSA FL TampaHacker Manufacturing
2G 2721Craig BusteedUSA NH DerryHacker Manufacturing
2G 2727Laura MasterUSA OR PortlandHacker Manufacturing
22951Boggs Graphic EquipmentUSA OH NoveltyHacker Manufacturing. WireBids 4/2012
23517Jeff GoldUSA PA WayneChallenge-Potter
23577Bernard KleinSouth Africa PretoriaChallenge-Potter
2Boggs Graphic EquipmentUSA OH NoveltyA.F. Wanner (Made for ATF). WireBids 11/2014
2James BourlandUSA NM Sante Fe
2Michael de HamelNew Zealand Kaiapoi
2Museum of PrintingUSA MA North Andover
2Spur DesignUSA MD Baltimore
31306Moonstruck Press/Tim DunnUSA NH KeeneHacker Manufacturing
31374Perennial Designs/John FalstromUSA CT LymeHacker Manufacturing
399-24-55PrivateUSA CA Murphys
unknownJaffe Center for Book Arts/ Florida Atlantic UniversityUSA FL Boca Raton
unknownPrints by A.J.USA WV Point PleasantHacker Manufacturing
unknownSeastone PapersUSA ME West Tisbury
unknownU. of PennsylvaniaUSA PA Philadelphia
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Nameplate image courtesy of Austin Jones