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R. Hoe & Company was a New York City based printing press manufacturer established by Peter Smith, Matthew Smith (?–1822), and their brother-in-law, English emigrant Robert Hoe (1784–1833), in 1805 as Smith, Hoe & Company
The company initially specialized in the manufacture of wooden hand printing presses, but later added saw-making. In 1819 the company expanded to printing presses. After Smith’s death, Hoe and his sons renamed the company and worked on improving existing machinery. In 1827 Hoe bought and improved a patent on wrought iron framed presses initially owned by Samuel Rust.
After their father’s death, sons Richard and Robert Hoe (?–September 23, 1909) took control of the company and continued to innovate the printing process. The company developed a mechanical sheet delivery system, invented and patented the rotary printing press, and developed the first type revolving presses. R. Hoe & Company helped facilitate the rapid and inexpensive production of newspapers.
Their 1855 lithographic presses, in dimensions of 19x24 inches to 38x48 inches, sold for $165–375. A six-cylinder model was able to produce 166,000 16-page newspapers per hour