I recently bought an antique 8 x 12 letterpress machine. It is a beautiful 1881 Golding Jobber #6. To get it going you push the fly-wheel and then use the foot treadle to keep it going. It is 1200 pounds of cast iron and she works like a dream. It is amazing how well this is built. My press is similar to the one below:
On Sunday my friend Rachel and I put it to good use. We hand set type, used my die cutting machine to cut out A1 sized cards, locked up the chase, inked the plate and made some cards. We had a great time playing with my toys!