kelsey or star jobber?

hi all, will like to restore a star job press? well i think it is a jobber press, but need some pictures of a completed one to see the parts that i m missing, any help will be gladly appreciated. thank you.

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Look at the Press Museum here on Briar, Page 3, second from last.

the one here on the Press Museum haves a big star and its the (star job) i will like to know if some one here haves one similar press so that i can know the parts that i m missing

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It is “The New Star Jobber” advertised as ‘Cheapest and best press in the World’ and manufactured by The Kelsey
Press Company, Meriden, Connecticut, U.S.A. Its original cost was $150.

The undated ad states that “This beautiful machine is the invention of the famous designer of printing presses, George W. Prouty.”

This ad appears on page 267 of Harold Sterne’s Catalogue of Nineteenth Century Printing Presses, printed in 1978. There is an updated edition, which I do not have.



We have a complete Kelsey Star in inventory.
As pictured above.
Contact us

Tom & Terri
T & T Press Restoration
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THANK YOU !!! Foolproof546, Ink Spot . can some one that haves one can please add pictures of the internal parts of the press? thank you.

i will like to have some pictures of a similar press, that will help me a lot on the restoration. thank you all!

I found a great catalog page of the The New Star Jobber

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Not a Star fly wheel , too light.
What are the words around the star I can read The Press Co and S.A. what is the rest?

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Here is the close up picture of the press logo

The logo in the original post photos has “THE PRESS CO. XXXx NEW YORK, U.S.A.”

I assume the unreadable letters are a town/city name.


What size is the press/chase?? Are we sure we aren’t looking at a Kelsey Union Press?? Note the flywheel….its round and doesn’t have a finished face on it. This was another way to make the press cheaper to build…no lathe work to finish the edge and face of the flywheel.

Liberty Press

Also, John M. Jones, of Palmyra, New York, made a “Star” platen job press that looks superficially just like the Kelsey Star but used a different mechanism for the impression. Jones seems to have built several of his 13 different platen job presses for sale by others, such as typefoundries, under their own names. So it is also possible that this is a Jones product.


The Kelsey Union has a fully cast flywheel like the Kelsey Star, but you are correct that the outer edge is not milled or finished. This press appears to have bent rod spokes that are not part of the casting, or maybe separate but cast in place.

John Henry

I’m trying to upload the picture but there’s a problem

The usual upload problem aguilar is the name of the picture just rename it STAR and try again. If the file is too large you will get a message and you will need to resize it.

I own a Kelsey Star press and can say without a doubt that the images at the start of this post are not of a Kelsey Star.Could this possibly be a Prouty design? Kelsey always credited Prouty as the designer of the presses they sold for years, possibly as late as the early 1960s. Later in order to make the press easier to ship, kelsey did away with bottom of the press and shipped it with knocked down metal base like many power tool tables. Gerald Jenny at the Four dogs press.