Acclaimed wood engraver Paul Landacre lived and worked in a hillside cottage in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park for several decades until his death in the early 1960s. During one afternoon, Landacre moved a heavy Washington hand-press out into his yard. The next morning, Landacre discovered that his hand press had been stolen. That same press (pictured above) is now housed in the International Printing Museum in Carson, according to a post in The Clog, a blog by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA. The blog, which got its information about the Landacre press theft from a museum staffer, notes:
“Surely, a large iron hand-press was too much for someone to steal, but, as a precaution, he secured it to a fence with this chain and a padlock. Apparently, Mr. Landacre did not spend the night at the old place (or perhaps he was a heavy sleeper), but when he awoke the next morning, the press was gone. “
Before anyone demands the return of stolen Echo Park antiquities to the neighborhood, Rebecca Fenning, Manuscripts and Archives Librarian at the Clark library, said she wants to make clear the International Printing Museum had nothing to do with the hand-press theft. “We still have not been able to confirm the actual circumstances, but the museum received the press far after the event of its being stolen,” she said by email.
How did the Carson museum end up with that Landacre press? The Clog blog promises an update soon.
Photo by Nina Schneider/UCLA
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