Amaziah's patent starts with the words "Be it known that I, Amaziah G. SHACKFORD, of Malden, in the State of Massachusetts, have invented, certain new and useful Improvements in Lithographic Presses, of which the following, with the accompanying drawings, is a full description.
Figure 1 is a plan of my machine.
Figure 2, a vertical section of the same.
Figure 3, a cross-section, showing a longitudinal section through the scraper.
Figures 4, 5, and 6 are details to be referred to hereafter.
In the accompanying drawing, A is the framework of the machine, in suitable hearings in which is supported the-shaft B, which carries the driving-wheel G, which engages the cog-wheel D. This is attached to the shaft E, which has its bearings in the framework A. ..."
Further searches of Google using various words from the patent, helped us learn that a wooden model of Amaziah's patent is at the Smithsonian! While it's not currently on display, it is neat to know that a model of his invention exists.
Amaziah Shackford worked as a merchant and a flour dealer spending his early business years working on the Boston ports with his brother and his partner Nathaniel George so we suspect that his interest in lithographic machines may have been a hobby. Unfortunately we don't know what else Amaziah may have dreamed of inventing because he died of consumption six months after filing this patent.
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Executive Documents Printed by Order of the House of Representatives During the Third Sesssion of the Fourtieth Congress 1868-'69 in Forteen Volumes (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1869), page 234; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google.com/books : accessed 19 August 2014
Google Patents (http://www.google.com/patents : accessed 7 January 2014), Anaziah G Shackford, patent Lithographic Printing Press.
Harris Elizabeth, Patent Models in the Graphic Arts Collection The National Museum of American History (1997), page 100; digital image, (http://amhistory.si.edu/docs/Harris_Patent_Models_Graphic_Arts_1997.pdf : accessed 19 August 2014
"Official Report of Patents and Claims Issued by the United States Patent Office for the Week ending Aug 5, 1868," Scientific American, Volume 19, Aug 19, 1868, Google Books (http://books.google.com/books : accessed 19 August 2014), page 126, No 80, 771 Lithographic Printing Press - Amaziah G. Shackford, Malden Mass
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