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Celebrating 100 years of Adana


Ralf Herrmann
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Print Pound Notes! Celebrating 100 years of Adana

With Bob Richardson

31 January 2023

St Bride Foundation and Online via Zoom



Adana was founded in 1922 by a young ex-soldier who had served on the Western Front during WW1. Penniless, and in need of an income, he designed a small printing press. Overwhelmed by the number of orders he received, Donald Aspinall went to the local police station to seek advice. “Make the presses” was the solution offered by the desk sergeant at Twickenham Police Station – and Adana was born. Relive the roller-coaster history of this great British success, forced to the brink of bankruptcy in the Great Depression and re-born in the post-war period. Adana still trades today as part of the Caslon group of companies. Letterpress, once thought to be an obsolete technology, is thriving again and Adana is at the heart of it.


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