The text on the head states: “The Common Press. “Newspapers and news magazines provide a first rough draft of a history that will never be completed about a world we can never really understand.” Philip L. Graham. Publisher, The Washington Post. 1916 – 1963.
This is a three-quarter scale replica of the Common Press at the Smithsonian Institution, circa 1725. The press in use for 350 years is the kind used by Benjamin Franklin and other colonial printers. This working model was a gift to the Capitol Children’s Museum from the Philip L. Graham Fund. 4 November 1981. It now resides in the Lancaster Heritage Center Museum, Print Shop. 20 November 2008.”