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The Story of ABM's Bookbinding Machines

The American Bookbinders Museum's collection of 19th and early 20th century bookbinding machines are the focal point of our primary exhibit and are essential in telling the Story of the Book. At the end of this year, multiple machines will return to a private collector after their long-term loan expires.

The good news: you can help!

ABM is committed to raising the funds needed to acquire and preserve additional pieces of bookbinding history. With your generous support, North America's only bookbinding museum can continue to educate the public about how humankind's greatest invention, the book, was made throughout history.

Priority acquisitions of the Historical Bookbinding Machine Fund:

  • Book sewing machine & feed table circa 1900s, similar to a Smyth National
  • Industrial board shear, circa 1850-90, similar to a Hickok Board Shear
  • Arming press, circa 1850-1900, similar to an Imperial Arming Press

Donations of $200 or more will receive plaque recognition, to be permanently displayed next to newly acquired bookbinding machines.

Do you collect historical bookbinding machines or do you know someone who does? Ready to donate? Click here to contact the museum with details!