Permanent Home Is Found For Print Shop, Replica Of Press


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Permanent Home Is Found For Print Shop, Replica Of Press
Series Title:
Wells Print Shop (Progress Photographs, Book No. 4)
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Carling, Anne
The St. Augustine Record
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Box: 1NW22


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Saint Augustine (Fla.)
27 Cuna Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Print Shop (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
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North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 27 Cuna Street
29.895799 x -81.312748


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University of Florida
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St riter "Case of the Inhabitants of lor, Benet Groc i~, a shop of East Florida." Spanish imports, Ca sa. del A permanent home has been The Wells brothers' stay in Vagabundo, (also located in the found for the restoration corn- St. Augustine was brief, how Benet Groceries building), the mission's old printing press ever, for ayea aftr t heir ar- Carpenteria, cabinet sh pi whichhas known several homes rival St. Augustine was return blacksmith shop and silversince it was co ted and puted to S p a n s h possession. smith shop. into operation during the sum- "Since most of the English peo- To be added in the near mer af 196688. ple left, it became no longer future there will be the tobacco During the coming week, the feasible to publish a paper in man, who will be moving from press will be placed, in its new English,". Calkin explains. So a his Salcedo House headquarhome, restoration commission little more than a year after his ters; and a Florida Craft Shp, officials report, and if it is ever arrival, Wells left St. Augustine which will basically buffer. all moved again, the building will in Mar ch1783 and went to Nas- sorts of items made in Florida. go with it. It is not expected sau, where, w it l. the same Also planned soon will be a however, that this will hap ipment, he published the pottery shop,. which is located in the foreseeable future. "Bahama Gazette." rig ht.behind the cabinet shop on New home for the Wells Print Location Not Known Cuna Street. Shop, explain Dr, Carleton Because Wells was in St. Au- Printing Press Calkin, restoration curator, and gustine for such a brief time, it The press used in the ResBradley Brewer, acting direc- not known exactly where his toration craft shop is a replica tor, will be an outbuilding locat- printing shop was located, nor of the kind used at the time by ed on Cuna" Street, on the east where 'he M ived. It isj believed the English. "It was made here side of the municipal parking that the print shop was. ated in our own shops in 1966, Callot. Of board and batten con- on Treastry Street, t just kin says, and has beei operate struction, the building mea- where is not known at te, ing in various buildings since sures about 12 by 20 feet. explains Mrs. Doris the then. The story of the Wells Prit St. Augustine Historical o- The press is not just for deShop in St. Augustine began in ciety. monstration purposes, he stresFebruary. 1782, when printer Since' the exact location is not ses. Three of its principal uses William Wells came here from available, the restoration corn- are to make reproductions of Charleston, S.C. With him,the mission decided to locate the two different antique maps of Englishman brought his print- press on Cuna Street, as part of St. Augustine, which are for ing press and all equipment. He the continuing development pro- sale at the shop; to print leaf. moved here from Charleston gram for the area from the city lets, and to print some of the because he was a Tory, Calkin gate south on St. George Street restoration material, such as explains, "so he was not in and on Cuna Stret. imprinting the emblem on the sympathy with the revolution Through an agreement with grocery bags used at the Benet movement. the city, the print shop Js locat- Groceries ed on city owned property, Further interior furnishings Shortly after his arrival, his Brewer says, but the building is in the s1hopwill include a book-! brother John, who also lived in designed to "be raised on a bind press and an accountant's Charleston, joined him to lend truck bed and carried off when- desk, which a -re both genuine assistance. ever the' city deems it neces- antiques.The printer would To help make a living, Calkin sary.'" This should not occur in have used the a6c countant's desk and Brewer explain, William the foreseeable future, however, to keep accounts 'nd records, Wells started' the first newspa- he adds. says Calkin per here th E s s Calkin per here, the "East Fl The new location for the print A d di n g ditinal atmosGazette. This was t o t adds another activity to phere are a mber~of old first news fsi area, because "we're try- books, which lle "i geinely tine, to develop Cuna as well as old and have the kind of bind St. George Street," Brewer says. ing" books at th time would The Thus far, shops located in the have had, says Calkin. did c .. ..a n amoni
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