Paper Machine Restoration

 Fourdrinier Paper Making Machine Model

The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) in Bethlehem, PA, will soon be restoring to operation an extremely rare scale model of a Fourdrinier Paper Making Machine. This eighteen foot long model, built in 1933 by Rice Barton, was commissioned by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. It was a working display, producing paper for the Institute’s print shop and sometimes hitting the road, being loaned to the New York Times, Milwaukee Journal, among others. After eighteen years in storage, it is time to revive the model and employ it as the centerpiece of the Museum’s upcoming printing exhibit next Spring. In conjunction with working printing presses over a century old, the paper making machine will create a dynamic, interactive, and memorable experience for guests of all ages. For 84 years old, the machine is mechanically sound, but will require several months of cleaning, troubleshooting, and minor repairs, plus connections to utilities and a supply of pulp. NMIH looks forward to working with the pulp and paper industry as we restore the machine and prepare an unforgettable and enlightening exhibit.

Those interested in supporting the restoration project or sponsorship of the print exhibit can contact Megan Pildis in the NMIH Development Office at 610-694-6636, mpildis@nmih.org