In 1839 and 1840, William Applegate, who specialized in printing theatrical posters, published the United States Historical and Statistical Index
. Applegate's huge poster press easily printed the large folding chart 70 x 92 cm on a single sheet of paper. The press was a specially large Two-Revolution press built about 1837 by Hoe & Co. for Applegate sufficiently wide to print a long theater poster in one sheet. This is one of the few obtainable and affordable surviving examples of printing known to have been printed on this huge printing machine. The sheet of paper was also unusually large and could never have been made before the development of papermaking machines.
Richard W. Flint, "A Great Industrial Art": Circus Posters, Business Risks, and the Origins of Color Letterpress Printing in America," Printing History, 25 (2008) 18-43.